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The following four Locations are the best for SEAZ Hummingbird Viewing:

  1. Beatty's Guest Ranch is known for the most SEAZ Species and the WHITE-EARED/BERYLLINE and was featured in
    the "Legend of the Southwest" article in the June/July 2008 issue of Birds & Blooms.
    This "America's Premier Hummingbird Viewing Spot" holds the US 1 day Hummingbird Species record of 14: set 30JUN02 and tied 18/19JUL06.

    Visit Jim Burns 16JUL09 "Bird is a verb" column for Great Photos of Male White-eared and Female Berylline taking nesting material.

  2. PATONS in Patagonia for VIOLET-CROWNED

  3. For BLUE-THROATED Beatty's Guest Ranch and see Portal Store-Library Area on the Portal/Rodeo/Cave Creek Area Website.

  4. LUCIFERS are becoming more dispersed in the Huachucas, look for them in Ramsey/Carr/Miller/Stump/Ash Canyons & Fort Huachuca.
    Reason is the MONUMENT FIRE/drought has changed the habitat.
    They are also showing up in the other Mountain Ranges of SEAZ. So if going to MADERA Canyon for PORTAL look for them.

    The ASH CANYON Area located about 4 miles South of Miller Canyon Canyon on SR 92 is still the best bet.
    One can set up feeders if you go up Ash Canyon Road to the USFS Boundary.
    We have taken the name of the area B&B off because of all the negative comments We received from birders/guides that visited.
    Some of the comments were: the Lucifer only comes in once or twice a day and no toilet during long waits. Also We
    don't want to be part of sending people into a private residence area. Then there are the phone calls from the owner trying to locate
    guides that don't pay. Even an email telling me I should not use a LINK. Then there is the Harris Incident, got an email on that one too.

    SV Herald, 10FEB11, had an article about "Why her neighbors are complaining".

    Since the above article came out, her Neighbors played their Private Road Easement Trump Card and put in a gate.
    BY 2013: Things were more or less BACK TO NORMAL.

    SV Herald, 12APR11, had an article about "the Cochise Country Board of Supervisors voted to deny the owner a special use permit".

    We spent lots of time and money to get a SPECIAL USE PERMIT for a "Guest Ranch (6 Units), 3 Tents Sites, Public Viewing Area
    and Small Convenience Store". We are accessed off a USFS Road by a USFS Private Road Easement and have no neighbors. The
    above SV Herald articles really backs up our view on why we don't send people. If this troubles you, then join the boycott group of
    locals that don't visit US, because HUNTING is part of our LIFESTYLE. We only want Happy People. No Hypocrites.


Starting in 2014, FOR GUEST ONLY, Tom Sr/Jr will help you find the Spotted Owl up canyon. Also GUESTS can go along with JR and
his Hound Dogs when they go out early in the morning for Mountain Lions etc. Most of the time they jump Montezuma Quail. There
is NO charge for this service, but one needs to schedule and be able to walk. Also he can increase the odds for finding Quail by going
through their habitat.This is working very well with our Guests.

o4Mar15: First Winter Sighting of the Spotted Owl Pair, since last fall. This is pointing to a late nesting.

07Feb15: Jr's Hounds were chasing a Long Tailed Weasel just North of Clark's Springs in Carr Canyon.

29Jun14: Summer return of male Rufous Hummingbird, a good replacement for the male White-eared that has NOT been seen for
several days at the CAS. Still have 7 species of Hummingbird. Spotted Owl family now has moved up canyon to just below Split Rock.

09May14: FOS female White-eared Hummingbird seen at the CAS.
JR and 2 Guests had Javelina during their Quail outing this morning. Only jumped a single Quail, twice.

07May14: FOS male White-eared Hummingbird seen at the CAS. Had a reported sighting on 05May but could not verify. Also JR's
dogs jumped a Bear 1/2 mile downhill. Had 7 species of Hummingbirds, 08May, at the CAS with the WEHB and a female Rufous.

Spotted Owl female can now be seen as the young make her float up. Male harder to see, since he now needs to hunt more.

Goshawk on nest, up canyon just below the VW mine.

05May14: FOS Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher. One at West side of property and the other up canyon near the Spotted Owl nest.

23Mar14: The female Spotted Owl was caught in the act of EGG LAYING by Philly Birders: Karen Vaccaro and David Kern.
4 birders saw the Male in the morning with me. At 4 PM the Owl was gone, so I went to the Nesting Tree Road and 5 of the 7 Birders followed.
The female was very active, moving around and wood biting noise were coming from the direction of the tree, so all 5 got good looks.
Karen and David stayed behind and saw the egg come half way out and then the female backed down the cavity. Karen tells a great story.

All the viewing was done from the road, in the area of the fallen tree, and at 30-40 Yards.

22Mar14: The Spotted Owls are NESTING.
Male SW of Nesting Tree in an Oak across the creek per JR. Female on NEST per Richard Fray. They may have started a few days before,
since only one Owl seen since 18 March.
I will now STOP POSTING on the OWLS until something usual happens. Next post could be if/when male moves into Pine Tree Northeast of Nest.

21Mar14: One Spotted Owl in an Oak Tree across creek from Nesting Tree.

20Mar14: One Spotted Owl in an Oak Tree across creek from Nesting Tree.

19Mar14: Male Spotted Owl in Spruce Tree, below Split Rock.

18Mar14: One Spotted Owl in an Oak Tree across creek from Nesting Tree.

17Mar14: The Spotted Owl pair were in two Oak trees, about 20 feet from each other. One tree was 20 feet SE of the NESTING TREE.

16Mar14: The Spotted Owl pair were in the Spruce Tree.

15Mar14: A Spotted Owl was in the Same Spruce Tree as 07/08 March.

14Mar14: The Spotted Owl pair were across Miller Creek from the Nesting area.

13Mar14: Spotted Owl missed.

12Mar14: The Spotted Owl pair were in the John Hirth tree, just WEST of Split Rock.

11Mar14: A Spotted Owl was in the same Tree as 07/08 Mar14 per Tom Sr. The Tree is only 80 yards down from Split Rock and RIGHT IN YOUR FACE,
so many people miss seeing the Owl. The tree is a Spruce, with a Maple running thru it, small in diameter and very near the side of the Trail.
JR took 4 female birders on a Successful Montezuma Quail walk.

10Mar14: Spotted Owl missed by three female birders. One of the birders came back the next day, 11Mar14,  and got the Owl after walked by the location.
I had gone up with a male English birder on 11MAR14 and located the OWL. He also had trouble finding the bird again on the his way down.

Chris Benish missed the Owl on 07 or 08 Mar14, and a Vermont couple got the Owl just after. So again this Location is RIGHT IN YOUR FACE, 10 feet.

09Mar14: 7 Birder got the Spotted Owl pair in The John Hirth Oak Tree. See 05Mar14. Also JR jumped 3 Pairs of Montezuma Quail.

07/08Mar14: The Spotted Owl pair were seen in a small Spruce Tree (North) and about 150 yards up from the First Crossing.

05Mar14: Local Birder John Hirth got the Spotted Owl pair just West of Split Rock before noon today. The pair was across the creek (North)
from Papa Rock in The John Hirth Oak Tree.

01Mar14: First Yellow-eyed Junco since the 2011 Monument Fire. There were hundreds before that. Received 2.86" of rain, yearly total 2.90".

27Feb14: Had FOS Male Broad-billed Hummingbird. So now have seen 4 kinds of Hummingbirds: Anna's, Broad-billed, Mag and Rufous.

21Feb14: Had FOS Northern Goshawk above Split Rock. Now I know why birders have been missing the Spotted Owls, since 17Feb14.

19Feb14: Had two FOS Rufous Hummingbirds. one Brown back and the other Green back.

17Feb14: NO Spotted Owl. First miss for the New Year. Tom Sr went up with 2 Canadians.

14Feb14: Spotted Owl Pair seen in the same tree as 03Feb by a MI birder and Tom Sr. Also saw a Williamson's Sapsucker.

11Feb14: Tom Sr saw the Spotted Owl Pair around 2 PM. The Male was in the same tree as 03Feb, but the Female was downhill about
half way to the First Crossing in a fir/pine tree to the West of a dead fir/pine tree.

04Feb14: Spotted Owl Pair seen in the same tree as 03Feb by 2 FL/MI birders. Round trip 8:30-10 AM. They followed my directions.
Also seen was an early pair of Hepatic Tanagers.

03Feb14: I finally went up for the Spotted Owl with a birder from Minnesota, yesterday around Noon, and got the pair at the well known
Papa Rock location which is just to the West of Split Rock. So it looks like they are working their way down to breed.

22Dec13: 10 AM, JR found one Spotted Owl at the same place as 18Nov13. This is a pattern. He does NOT GO by this spot too often.

21Dec13: A Christmas Bird Count guy did get the Spotted Owl, however, it was quite a bit higher up than the Split Rock area. He
checked that area but saw nothing. Later as he climbed the trail he flushed one. I am not sure exactly where. Dutch Nagle email.

18Nov13: JR found one Spotted Owl about 200 yards above Split Rock in a pine tree, South of the trail. The trail levels out at this spot.

11Nov13: JR took Photos of a New Ocelot

19Oct13: Erica Wilson AZNMBirds email. I found two Spotted Owls:
a) an adult just up the trail from Split Rock, roosting in an oak, and
b) an immature bird retaining downy feathers on its head, roosting in an oak about 1/4 mile above the second stream crossing.

We ARE STILL OPEN. You can't keep a great place closed even though the 2011 Monument Fire/Floods hit Beatty's Guest Ranch
& Orchard hard. We are even more of an Oasis for the Upper Miller Canyon Area and this should help bring in more Rare Birds.

Best time to view our Hummingbirds (for 10-14 species/numbers and the White-eared) is the 09May-09Sept, 4 month period.
15Mar-01Apr usually has 4-6 species and 8-10 by 15 Apr.

Controlled Viewing Site (CAS) closed 01Oct13. Feeders moved down to the old Public Viewing Area until taken down on 15Oct13.
Only our house feeders left.

Nov 2013 Issue of Arizona Hiways: Tells about Christina Akins GETTING HER HANDS DIRTY protecting frogs as a wildlife specialist.

01OCT13 update: The MILLER PEAK WILDERNESS TRAILHEAD has been moved to the NORTH and the old one has been rehabbed.
Trailhead Parking is closer to the start of USFS Trail #106 and therefore shows the way around our property better.

NEW TRAILHEAD: Photo taken from top of the trail incline looking West, white roof of Unit B/C in center.

Miller Canyon Trail #106, up Canyon, to the Spotted Owls was washed out and the pipeline work by the City of Tombstone has not helped.
TRAIL 106# will not be worked on until the Tombstone vs Federal lawsuit is settled. Only people that are good hikers should hike #106.

The Trail North to Clark Springs have been repaired SEVERAL TIMES. New Trail Signs have replaced the burnt ones.

01OCT13 update: Miller Canyon Road best in years since dirt from the new trailhead area was used on the road.
Miller Canyon Road is not flooding as much, because of the re-growth. Also the road is better for Low Clearance Vehicles.
However best to drive a High Clearance Vehicle, anywhere is SEAZ, if coming during the Monsoons.

We have bought a Tractor with backhoe to get our place in working order and it helps a lot.

We want visitors to know that the 2011 Monument Fire/Floods and the City of Tombstone made lots of BAD changes in Miller
Canyon. Hence the following:

  1. The Controlled Access Site (CAS)  is harder to reach and we must make sure that all GUESTS/NON-Guests know this FOR SAFETY REASONS.

    There is no longer a 16 foot bridge over Miller Creek on the way to the CAS, it got washed away, and nature replaced it with a
    150 foot wide field of rocks etc. so the walk to the CAS is much hardier.

  2. The Road up to our place has at least 5 washes that could be washed out during the Monsoon. Spring Visitors should have no trouble.
    Best to not come up if it looks like rain. You can call us at 520-378-2728 to check on road condition etc.

  3. Birders that ONLY want to go up canyon for the Spotted Owl, should walk around. Those that want to View Hummers at the CAS,
    can go up canyon thru our property. Only good hikers should try to go up canyon, since the walk is now a LOT harder.

  4. Flash Floods only take a few minutes to form if the conditions are right and one may have only a few minutes to react.

  5. There is on longer a Public Viewing Site, We will have only 4-5 feeders in the Gazebo for the Handicapped and the rest
    across Miller Creek at the CAS.

In 2013 White-eareds showed in May/June at the CAS, up canyon after that. We even had a successful WEHU nest with 2 WEHU that fledged.
However only a Selfish Nature Photographer saw them!

We had a good breeding season for Hummingbirds. More Lucifers, Violet-crowneds and Plain-capped Starthroat were seen on the East
Slopes of the Huachucas. Blue-throated numbers were low.

No White-eareds or Beryllines were seen at Beatty's Guest Ranch in 2011. Reason I believe was the February Cold Spell that got down to
ZERO degrees for a couple of nights. At least 12 degrees colder then anytime I can remember. Even the Oaks had frost damage, so I'm
sure they decided to stay in Mexico since there would be only frozen flowers on their trip North.

A FOS Berylline was seen on 10 May, so in 2010 we had three code 3 Birds. A Berylline
and White-eared at the CAS and the Spotted Owl up canyon. Great Blue-throated too.

Checkout "Adventure Birding Co's" 12 July 09 trip for Miller Canyon's: Hummingbirds, Skippers and Orchids.

Beatty's Guest Ranch featured in 06-Jul 09 ABA peeps, for White-eared/Berylline viewing

See what the Birdwatching Lady says about Hummingbirds at Beatty's

Please stop at the Forest Service Perimeter Trail Toilet before you come up. Plan to have a toilet at the CAS in 2014.

If one want to see the White-eared/Berylline in a more natural setting, take the Miller Canyon Trail around and look up canyon.
Many reports are from just above the Guest Ranch Property and the next 1/2 mile. In 2013 they were just above Split Rock.

2012 was a loss because of the 2011 fire and floods.

2011 should have brought more Lucifers and Violet-crowneds to the East Slopes of the Huachucas, since there were lots of 2010 fall reports of young
on these two species. Also Blue-throated should be more easy seen here, since at least 2 were raised on our property in 2010.

Note: This came true for 2011, since Lucifer sightings were all over SEAZ and the East Slopes of the Huachucas and we had several Blue-throated.
The Monument Fire may have helped in this, since ASH Canyon, their main location, was really hit hard.

2010 also brought on and off sightings of White-eared and Berylline in Ramsey and Madera Canyons, so when stopping by these two
Canyons, check out the Ramsey Canyon Inn next to the Ramsey Preserve and the Madera Kudo B&B.

2011 FOS Hummingbird sightings etc.:
Male Broad-tailed all Winter:
08Feb: Our dogs treed a male Ocelot, a big deal here in Arizona.
12 Feb: male Anna's.
14 Feb: male Mag.
20-22 Feb: Planted 63 Rhubarb plants.
23Mar: FOS Male Mag at the CAS, now seeing 6 species.
28Mar: FOS Spotted Owls above Split Rock, Jeni helped plant Potatoes.
29Mar: Spotted Owl 50-75 yards above First Crossing, also seen 31Mar/1/2 April. Planted Corn and more Potatoes.
01Apr: Start of peak Apple Bloom Week, Crab/Apricot/Peach bloomed earlier.
03Apr: Female Calliope, male earlier. 7 Species.
06Apr: Female Broad-billed taking dog hair at CAS.
07Apr: Male Flame-colored Tanager seen just uphill from property during SABO's Canyon Walk.
14Apr: SABO saw FOS Red-faced Warblers (4) at First Crossing.
18Apr: FOS male Blue-throated Hummingbird at the CAS, so finally had 8 species.

2010 FOS Hummingbird sightings etc.:
02-05 Jan: Planted 100 Apples Trees.
04 Mar: male Magnificent.
06 Mar: Gazebo area opened with 2 feeders for 3 species.
13 Mar: First Frog egg mass.
14 Mar, Planted 31 more trees.
15 Mar: Planted Onions.
17 Mar: male Broad-billed.
18 Mar: Edith heard a male Broad-tailed in the Orchard, have 4 species.
18 Mar: Planted Potatoes.
19-26 Mar: Apricot in full bloom, 2 weeks later than last year.
21 Mar: 5 species: male Rufous, female Broad-billed and female Mag.
25 Mar: CAS opened with 2 feeders, because Hummers were looking for them.
Planted first Turnips, Carrots etc. seeds in West garden.
27 Mar-02Apr: Peach in Full Bloom.
28 Mar: female Blue-throated.
30 Mar: male Black-chinned.
04 Apr: Crab/Pear Apples/Plum in full bloom. Some seeds planted 25 Mar up.
05 Apr: couple of Granny Smith starting to bloom, lots more blooming on 10 May.
10 Apr: Female Broad-billed taking cotton, for nesting, from SABO cotton ball.
11 Apr: First Spring Sighting of the Spotted Owls at the 1st crossing, Potatoes up.
14 Apr: Peak Bloom of Apples, 2 weeks later than 2009.
25 Apr: FOS male Calliope.
26 Apr: FOS male White-eared.
27 Apr: FOS male Blue-throated.
08 May: USFS graded Miller Canyon Road.
10 May: FOS female Berylline.
12 May: Male Berylline.
29 Jun: Apricots ripe.
04 Jul: Leucistic Black-chinned Hummingbird photo take by Guest Kirsten Snyder.
05 Jul: Summer-Fall male Rufous.
15 Jul: Sold FOS tart and juicy green Earlygold apples at SVFM.
16 Jul: Violet-crowned, one later was taking dog hair.
31 Aug: Beryllines gone, start of fall migration, feeding 14 Quarts instead of 2-4.
14 Sep: Still have 3 White-eareds, 2 female/1 Male. Lots of female Rufous.
07 Oct: LOS White-eared, young male.
08 Oct: JR saw a White-eared up canyon 200 yards. Most likely 07 Oct bird.
13 Oct: CAS closed. 16 Oct: Public site closed.
20-26 Dec: Planted 98 trees: 86 apples, 12 Pear Apples.

Anna's all Winter, male Broad-tailed most of Winter (left end of Feb),
04-Mar male Magnificent (female 18 Mar), 17-Mar male Broad-billed
(female 21-Mar), 18-Mar male Broad-tailed back, 21-Mar male Rufous,
28-Mar female Blue-throated, 30 Mar male Black-chinned, 25-Apr male
Calliope, 26-Apr male White-eared, 27-Apr male Blue-throated (female
on/off since 28 Mar), 10-May female Berylline (male 12-May), 15 Jul
Fall male Rufous. 16-Jul Violet-crowned.

2009 FOS Hummingbird sightings etc.:
5-12 Mar: Peach and Apricot in full bloom.
10 Mar: Gazebo area opened with 2 feeders for 4 species.
14 Mar: 4-5 species can be seen at the House feeder in 60 minutes.
16 Mar: Gazebo and Entrance feeders increased to 4.
18 Mar: Gazebo and Entrance feeders increased to 6-8.
18 Mar: 6 Species: Black-chinned Male.
18-23 Mar: Crabapple in full bloom, new Pink Lady apples blooming.
19 Mar: CAS opened, with 4 feeders, Granny Smith at creek blooming.
21 Mar: 3 kinds of Pear Apples in full bloom.
26 Mar: 7 Species: male Calliope, road graded 25th.
28-29 Mar. Granny Smith Apple blossoms browned by slight freeze.
30 Mar: 8 Species: female Blue-throated at house feeder, Rhubarb ready to sell.
01 Apr: Start of Full Apple bloom.
18 Apr: Male Blue-throated. Lost most of the apple blooms to several nights of frost.
19 Apr: Male White-eared, start of Red Rome/Ida Red bloom, other apples done.
04 May: Male Lucifer Photographed at the CAS, and seen before this and on/off until
at least 13 May.
14 May: Sulphur-belled Flycatchers.
15 May: Violet-crowned.
27 May: Female Berylline.
02 Jul: Second female Berylline, one of which was taking rope thread.
03 Jul: 2 Male brown backed Rufous at house feeder.
04 Jul: Beryllines seen coupling and female taking dog hair and material from nesting ball.
05 Jul: Male Berylline seen at CAS, female still taking nesting material. Turkey with 5/6
young seen around Split Rock, Chased Jake the next day at Tombstone Water Works.
06 Jul: Female Beryline stopped taking nesting material and is taking very short trips to
CAS feeder C. This means she is now on a nest West of the CAS.
21-30 Aug: Estimate Hummingbirds increased 4 fold mainly because there are very few
native flowers blooming during fall migration.
01-05 Sep: Down to one White-eared/Berylline, from 3 each.
13 Sep: Last sighting of the Berylline, not bad for a Hummer that first arrived 27 May.
16 Sep: last sighting of the White-eared, not bad for a Hummer that first arrived 19 Apr.
28 Sep: Closed CAS for the season.
29 Sep: 5 species seen at the PVA. They were Anna's, Broad-tailed, Blue-throated and Mag.
01 Oct: Closed the PVA, not any birders coming up.

Anna's, male Magnificent and male Broad-tailed here all winter, 05-Mar Male Rufous,
09-Mar female Broad-billed (male 16-Mar), 18-Mar male Black-chinned, 26-Mar male
Calliope, 30-Mar female Blue-throated (male 18-Apr), 19-Apr Male White-eared, 04-
May Male Lucifer, 15-May Violet-crowned, 27-May Berylline, 03-Jul fall Rufous.

2008 FOS Hummingbird sightings etc.:
15 Mar: Gazebo area opened with 2 feeders for 4 species.
19 Mar: All 4 species can be seen in 30 minutes.
22 Mar: 5 species and Gazebo feeders increased to 4.
24 Mar: 6 species
25 Mar: Gazebo and Entrance feeders increased to 6.
28 Mar: Granny Smith by Miller Creek starting to bloom,
Apricots 99% done, Peaches 90% done, Crab Apple full bloom,
Rhubarb ready to sale
28 Mar: Put 2 feeders at CAS and HW viewing sites.
01 Apr: Officially opened the CAS and HW sites.
04 Apr: 7 species, Apples Peak Bloom.
08 Apr, JR found female Bear and Cub in den.
09 Apr: Frost, got some Tomato Plants, Apple Blooms should be okay,
34F at midnight. 4 Hummers on some CAS feeders.
10 Apr: Nice flock of around 20 Band-tailed Pigeons.
11 Apr: Single Violet-green Swallow over Beatty Pond.
12 Apr: Painted Redstart Pair at CAS, Zone-tailed Hawk since 6 Apr.
13 Apr: 8 species. First 90 degree day in Tucson.
19 Apr: Possible Cinnamon colored Hummingbird.
25 Apr: 9 species.
29 Apr: 10 species.
06 May: Male White-eared, 11 species, Berylline at Ramsey.
30 May: Closed the Hawk Watch site for the season.
28 Sep: Still have 8 species, because of a Violet-crowned and White-eared.
02 Oct: last day White-eared was seen. In 2007 the last day was 09 Sept.
12 Oct: Early frost set cold records for SEAZ:  got Tomatoes, Cukes and Squash.
13-14 Oct: Anna's, Black-chinned, Blue-throated, Broad-tailed and Mag.
15 Oct 2008: CAS closed for the season.
16 Dec: last of Granny Smith apples picked.

Anna's here all year, 25-Feb Male Magnificent (female 26-Feb), 01-Mar Male Broad-
billed (female 02-Mar), 13-Mar Male Broad-tailed (female 19-Mar), 22-Mar Male
Rufous, 24-Mar Male Black-chinned, 04-Apr Male Calliope, 13-Apr Male Blue-Throated,
(I saw a female 19-Mar), 25-Apr Male Costa's, 29-Apr Male Lucifer, 06-May Male
White-eared. Violet-Crowned most of September.

The following White-eared info came from www.birdzilla.com

Casual records: The species has been recorded a number of times from southeastern Arizona as follows: The first
United States specimen was collected on June 9, 1894, at Fly Park, in the Chiricahua Mountains; one was taken in
the Santa Rita Mountains on June 24, 1903; in 1915 a specimen was taken in the Santa Catalina Mountains; during
the period from June 10 to December 31, 1919, 12 specimens were obtained in the Huachuca Mountains; and on
August 11, 1933, an adult male was captured in MILLER CANYON, of the Huachucas.

Read about a feathered TOP GUN

Here at BEATTY'S we have the following 5 Hummingbird viewing sites:
  1. Guest Receiving and Parking Entrance (GRAPE)

    VISIT Earle Robinson's Photos of Public Viewing Area

    The GRAPE, our only general public area, has been in use since May 1998 and is already a must see for guided
    tours. The numbered hummingbird feeders can be viewed from EAST and WEST viewing areas.

    The main EAST area seats 12 or more and is furnished with benches, chairs, sitting blocks and a picnic table.
    The WEST area is covered by a 7 x 13 foot Ramada and has a bench, sitting blocks and a picnic table.

    The GRAPE is also a favorite with the Handicapped, since they can view 8 or more species within a half-hour
    from their car.

    The GAZEBO area, just North of Handicapped Parking, has easy access for the Handicapped and has great
    views of butterfly/hummingbird wildflower gardens, a running stream and two ponds with Ramsey Canyon
    Leopard Frogs.

    The first documented sighting of a SHORT-TAILED HAWK in the Western US was the result of an flyover
    of the GRAPE in July 1999. For several weeks, two of the Hawks were seen over the Orchard and in the
    Miller Peak Wilderness Area. They have been seen yearly since.

  2. Controlled Access Site (CAS)

    VISIT Earle Robinson's Photos of the Controlled Access Site

    The CAS is ONLY open to our Guests or non-Guest Birders who pay a Required Access Fee of $5/person.
    It is where the White-eared is usually seen and is the viewing site that all Birders like best.

    The CAS is across Miller Creek and inside the Orchard fence for security and looks into the tops of the
    Sycamores. This give good views of Sulphur-bellied flycatchers etc. and in the Spring of 1999 a Cooper's
    Hawk nested in one of the Sycamores and raised four young.

    This site contains: a shaded bench area, several sitting blocks and a small pond that is good at attracting
    Warblers etc. plus two small flower gardens.

  3. Hawk Watch (HW)

    This viewing site is south and uphill from the CAS and East of the Landscaped ATV Turnaround and our
    two "Handyhome" cabins. It was called the Hawk Watch because of the great views of Carr Peak, the Reef,
    Miller Canyon and the San Pedro River Valley.

    The area inside the Turnaround has a pond, tree and a flower bed. The HW has a shaded bench, 2 other
    benches, a picnic table and several sitting blocks in a tree shaded area. Much liked by Photographers.

  4. Solitude (SOL): (fire took out the shade tree)

    The SOL is ONLY open to our Guests.

    This 1 or 2 person bench site overlooks a pond and is located at the NW corner of our property. This
    area is shaded by noon on and is nice for just one birder or Hummingbird Photographer. One will need
    to put their own feeder(s) there.

  5. Photo Flower Garden: new 2009, expanded 2011 (fire/floods did a number on it)

    Located away from the viewing sites, just to the South of the West gate that is used by guests and others
    to enter the Miller Peak Wilderness area.

14 HUMMINGBIRD species were seen in 2006/2004/2003, 13/2005 and 15/2002 when 14 species were banded.
The 15 seen in 2002 were: Allen's, Anna's, Berylline, Black-chinned, Blue-throated, Broad-billed, Broad-tailed,
Calliope, Costa's, Lucifer, Magnificent, Plain-capped Starthroat, Rufous, Violet-crowned and White-eared.

The US SAME DAY RECORD for Hummingbirds species (14) seen at one location, was first set at BEATTY'S
when the Plain-capped Starthroat was here 30 June 2002. Missed the Berylline, but it was seen that day at
TNC Ramsey and other 2002 days at Beatty's. In 2006, when we matched the record again, the Plain-capped
Starthroat was replaced by the Berylline.

Pounds of Sugar fed: 2010/380#, of which over 100# were fed the first 2 weeks of Sept because of fall migration
that saw a 7 fold increase in Hummingbirds, 2009/estimate 400# (started the year with 400# and did not buy more).
2008/420#, 2007/475#, 2006/1025# (very dry year), 2005/775#, 2004/855#, 2003/920# and 2002/1300#. In 2001 with
good summer wildflowers, 745# of sugar were used. 2000/1361# (BEST YEAR) and 1999/1093#.

Note: The reason for the lower amount fed in 2009/400#, 2008/420# and 2007/475# was that the Hummingbird numbers
declined. My estimate is a 90-95% decline from 2006, when 1025# were fed. Because of this we closed down, from
Mid-Summer on in 2008, all sites but the CAS.

The Maximum number of 8 hole Best1 quart feeders was 43 for 2006. This was the same number as 2005/2004
when we used 6 hole Perky Pet feeders. Other year numbers are 47/2003, 62/2002, 35/2001, 40/2000 and 33/1999.

Note: Because Best1 feeders have 2 more holes than the 6 hole Perky Pet feeders, the Hummers take Best 1
feeders a third faster and therefore fewer are needed for the same number of Hummers.

During Mid August 2002 with 62 feeders, the hummers took over 45 quarts of sugar water/day. This estimates to
between 4500 and 9675 hummers.

For those of you that might enjoy Hummingbird banding, VISIT: The Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN)
(headquartered in Patagonia, Arizona) to find out why it is an important organization for the conservation of hummingbirds.
Also checkout their current projects and how you can join them as volunteers.

The second half of this site is going to be an Information Guide that will give readers and birders more information about
hummingbird ecology, biology and identification. There will be detailed illustrated species accounts for those species that
occur regularly in the US with information for birders and banders.

BEATTY'S GUEST RANCH was a banding location for HMN during 2000-2003, but stopped when we decided that banding
was not compatible with our Public Hummingbird Viewing Site. During this 4 year 2000-2003 period, 5425 Hummingbirds
of 15 species were banded at Beatty's by Dr. George West.

Last Update: 03/04/2015
Web Author: Thomas L. Beatty Sr./Jr.
Copyright 2006 by BEATTY'S Miller Canyon GUEST RANCH & Orchard - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED