Here at BEATTY'S we now have only two Hummingbird Viewing Areas:
  1. CONTROLLED ACCESS Site: (CAS Viewing Area)

    VISIT Earle Robinson's Photos of the Controlled Access Site before the bleacher change.

    The CAS is ONLY open to our Guests or non-Guest Birders that pay a Required $5 Access Fee. It is where
    the WHITE-EARED is usually seen and is the viewing site that is famous world-wide.

    The CAS is across Miller Creek and inside the Orchard fence for security and looks into the tops of the
    Sycamores. This gives 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.

    The site now contains a 15 foot, 3 row bleacher, that seats 30 and has a flat metal roof for shade.

    In 2010 the CAS was enlarged, so that a picnic table is behind the bleacher and flower beds added to the
    SE. In front there is a small pond that is good at attracting Warblers etc. and two small flower gardens.
    The bleacher is closer to the feeders than the benches for a more surround Hummingbird feeling.

  2. HANDICAPPED ONLY Viewing Area: (HOVA)

    All other birders SHOULD go to the CAS. The HOVA is a great place
    for birders that can not walk to the CAS or must bird from their car.

    It is composed of Handicapped Parking and a Gazebo WITH A TABLE and 4 chairs. The Gazebo has easy access
    for the Handicapped and has great views of butterfly/hummingbird wildflower gardens, a running stream and 2
    ponds with Chiricahua Leopard Frogs and lots of Water Lilies.

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

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.

1025# of sugar were fed for 2006 vs 775# for 2005, 855#/2004, 920#/2003 and 1300#/2002. In 2001 with good
summer wildflowers, 745# of sugar were used. 1361#/2000 and 1093#/1999.

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. For more information
VISIT Dr. George West's website

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