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“A strange and wonderful experience”

Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Patagonia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a place to explore and experience the birds of Southeast Arizona. The site is dedicated to the observation and conservation of hummingbirds--and all of southeast Arizona's astounding biodiversity--through recreation, education, and sustainable practices. Over 200 bird species have been reported at this 1.4-acre residential property on the outskirts of Patagonia, including: Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Gray Hawks, Varied Buntings, Thick-billed Kingbirds, and many more! Gates are open dawn to dusk. Entry is free of charge, but donations to the "Sugar Fund" help Tucson Audubon maintain the grounds, feed the birds, improve the habitat, and provide educational opportunities. Visit the Paton Center on social media: facebook.com/patonhummingbirds youtube.com/channel/UCYPdH8qgMhXwvgrsfemNZ5g
Reviewed May 13, 2013

It so unusual, wandering into someone's backyard on a back street in small-town southern Arizona, and seeing a world-class place to watch wild birds. A birding friend back home had told me about it and it sounded like an interesting place to spend a little time. But the sheer number of birds, feeders, and birders there on a weekday afternoon...wow. More hummingbirds than I could imagine. The serious birders (and the property's caretaker) were wonderfully helpful to our group of novices, perfectly willing to point out different birds and show us things in the books there for everyone's use. It's not a normal tourist destination but if you like birds at all, stop by if you are near Patagonia (and be sure to put a couple bucks in the box to help pay for bird food!).

1  Thank oilguy57
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Had three great days around 4/10/13; Gilded flicker, green tailed towhee, rufous, violet crowned, broad billed broad tailed hummers, lucifers hummer, lesser goldfinch, white throat sparrow, chipping sparrow, lincoln's sparrow, pyrrholoxia, cardinal, summer tanager, gambrel etc etc. Host Larry Morgan was so generous with his time and knowledge.

Thank judymorris1
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stopped in the back yard after being at the Preserve. There is a tent and chairs and benches under it for birders who drop by. With others birders around, it is helpful for us novice birders when birds are identified for us! The owner of the yard and feeders is a nice gentleman, and even shared some binoculars for us, as we left ours in the car. A nice stop.

Thank Vickie D
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This place is amazing! There is a very knowledgable person living here who comes out into the yard to help with bird identification. I learn so much each year.

Thank LabMAK
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We read about the Paton house in a travel guide book. After a stop at the Gathering Ground for coffee and a muffin (see review ) we found our way to the house where we were greeted by Larry , the homeowner, and several other birding guests. It was a little early in the birding season but still got great views of Ana's and Broadbill hummers plus several other cool birds. The set up is awesome and as always, the birding community was welcoming, super friendly and gave us great tips on where else to go. If you're anywhere near Patagonia and even a little interested in birding, the Paton house is a must see.

2  Thank Gary P
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