|Hummingbird on an agave!|
Since the hummingbirds are back, we thought we'd share some of those banding session photos with you!
|The hummingbird are captured in cages and temporarily put in mesh bags while they await inspection and tagging|
|Birds are handled carefully during very step of examination|
|Measuring each bird, before applying the band|
|Blowing air through a straw to move the birds feathers aside. Is this female hummingbird carrying eggs? Their skin is so transluscent, you can see eggs!|
|After handling, they remain still, then flip over and fly off!|
Would you like to feed hummingbirds and help with their survival? There's a complete guide written by a resident of our region, Carolyn Ohl, available here. Our region is also lucky to have Kelly B. Bryan, a hummingbird expert...the same gentleman who conducted the banding session at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. He has a great website, www.westtexashummingbirds.com and he's also provided a great guide to the birds of our Far West Texas Chihuahuan Desert from Texas Parks and Wildlife here.
The Nature Center is one of many sites on the Far West Texas Wildlife Trail, a project of our own Texas Mountain Trail, our neighboring Texas Pecos Trail and Texas Parks and Wildlife!