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“A big disappointment”

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 18 November 2013

I'd been looking forward to a visit to Paton's Patio for a long time. What a lovely idea! However, the day we visitied the hummingbird feeders were empty. We sat quietly for an hour, and although there was bird seed in the containers for other birds, we saw not a single one. There was a for sale sign on the entrance gate and a dog inside the house barked incessantly. The property appears to be adjacent to the Nature Conservancy and we did see 2 deer on the other side of the fence.

3  Thank Peglova
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Management response:Responded 21 August 2017

Howdy, Peglova!

I recently claimed and began managing the Trip Advisor page for Tucson Audubon's Society's Paton Center for Hummingbirds. I'm very sorry to hear you had a negative experience in 2013. The property has undergone a significant transformation since your visit, including transfer of ownership to Tucson Audubon Society. Today (literally) the property is teeming with hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinating insects. Wildflowers are blooming in the meadow garden we installed in 2016, and several broods of Tiger Salamanders were born in our small pond this spring. You can track and enjoy many of these changes online by following our Facebook Page (facebook.com/patonhummingbirds) or visiting Tucson Audubon's YouTube channel. I hope after viewing and appreciating some of these changes you'll consider updating your review. Better yet, come back for a visit!

Thanks, as always, for your input. Enjoy today's eclipse event!

Best regards,
Jonathan Lutz
Paton Center Coordinator

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

This private home has been hosting birds and birders for years. Its a mecca for serious birders and a novelty for others.
Park outside by the fence and walk quietly to the inviting back yard to discover a property devoted to the birds. The number and variety of feeders is outstanding. Hummingbird feeders hand from the eaves of the house. Seed and suet feeders around the property attract songbirds and woodpeckers. A raptor may drop in trying to hunt a songbird. There is a lovely pond that provides water for the birds too.
People may watch the birds from the comfort of rows of chairs and benches housed under a shade tent.
There is no charge to visit but a donation toward bird seed would not be refused.
The caretaker was very friendly and is very knowledgeable about the birds that visit the yard. He knew where the rare ones liked to hide and suggested I watch in a certain spot to see the birds I was particularly interested in.
It was great!
Bring your camera.

1  Thank Chickadeedee51
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

The birds literally come to you. There is a tent and chairs in the backyard. Various types of feeders attract a HUGE variety of birds. Violet Crowned Hummers are a normal site! Everything from nuthatches, woodpeckers, and lazuli buntings to warblers, thrushes, and cuckoos. I must for any birder. Don't forget to sign the guest book. They do have a donation box to help pay for the bird feed.

1  Thank R S
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Great place to go birding and easily accessible, even for our friend who was in a wheelchair at the time. It's only about a half miile from the town center.

1  Thank HeyLTD
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We had yet another wonderful visit to the Paton's Hummingbird Haven in Patagonia, AZ last week. We have been in Winter, late summer, early spring, and now early summer. Days were mild with Arizona skies & sun; nites in the 40's - delicious! The birds were flocking to the feeders, kept filled by property managers Larry & Anita Morgan. While we didn't get any new lifers this time around at the feeders, we did get an Elegant Trogon at nearby Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.

Visiting with Larry under the spacious tent outdoors in the backyard is an education unto itself. He knows LOTS about all the birds that fly through the yard and tells great stories about them, where he's seen them and when, and gives lots of good advice targeted towards YOUR interests and bird needs. The Patons must be very proud to have such a great care-taker for their place!

And, after spending an hour or two in this peaceful and beautiful space, if you're hungry, Larry can point you in the right direction for that, too, whether it's local or regional cuisine. So, bring your binoculars and bird book and get ready for some fun!

Thank Lin H
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