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“Beatty's Hummingbird Viewing area”

Beatty's Miller Canyon Apiary & Orchard
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Owner description: The apiary, a great place to observe hummingbirds, also offers overnight accommodations.
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beatty's Hummingbird Viewing area”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

There were quite a few hummingbirds, and we had only seen a very small number at other locations we visited during our trip April 18-21. When we were there at the end of the day there were Magnificent, Broad-tailed, Broad-billed, and Black-chinned, along with a Bridled Titmouse, Empid and a few other birds. The little bleacher set up was OK for viewing, but was noisy. Every time someone stood up or sat down it made a lot of noise and spooked the birds. Ran into someone from the ranch who was very helpful.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank lbrsd
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Frightening and intimidating dogs AVOID!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

As a parent of two young kids we would never ever return to Beatty's Guest Ranch, based on the horrendous experience we had today, on our annual vacation.

Our kids are aged six and thirteen and were sat on the Beatty's fantastic hummingbird viewing area when they were rushed out-of-the-blue by the owner's totally out of control hound dogs, who frankly terrified them. The dogs jumped all up them, chased them around the terrace, all with Tom Beatty Jr looking on motionless. He seemed to be getting some kind of sick pleasure out of seeing my frightened kids cowering and made no attempt to control his animals or to help, until I pleaded with him to intervene. He never apologised for the extremely frightening experience. My youngest was literally screaming in terror. Bear in mind that some of these dogs were full-grown hunting hounds, which had spent a good half an hour howling in the woods before being 'invited over' by the owner to terrorise our party, so we were already concerned with their presence nearby.

We would like to remind the Beatty's that guests pay for admission onto their property and hence should be treated with some basic level of dignity and respect and not like common trespassers. If the owner and his son don't want guests around then they should stop offering the paid hummingbird viewings. We paid $40 over the two days we visited, $20 of which was for one undisturbed hour prior to the dog invasion and intimidation incident. Frankly we felt like this whole 'dog show' was arranged to get rid of us, as there was no other explanation for the owner's son coming over to the bleacher area. He wasn't coming over for a chat that's for sure. We would like to point out that we had never been unpleasant to the owners and had abided by every single one of the site rules, of which there were many.

It's worth saying that the owners appear to have few people skills and struggle with the whole friendliness thing. On the 'dog show' day Tom Jr said nothing to us at the Bleacher and had no reason to disrupt what was, until then, a peaceful and enjoyable hummingbird viewing.

This whole visit to Beatty's Guest Ranch soured our entire holiday and will leave a lasting impression for all the wrong reasons. Our advice is to avoid visiting Beatty's Guest Ranch altogether as the dogs are too unpredictable, as well as the owners. We visited another place just south on I92 (Ash Canyon B&B) who had a similar viewing setup, but with a much more welcoming owner. Certainly avoid a visit to Beatty's if you have kids or you have ANY inclination towards being scared of large out of control dogs. Be warned!

On the plus side Beatty's provided excellent hummingbird viewing with great sightings of Broad Billed, Broad Tailed, Rufous, Black Chinned and Magnificent Hummingbirds. However, the hillbilly owners and their hounds were something else.

Visited April 2014
17 Thank worldtrav2011
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Avoid like the plague”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

This used to be a pretty orchard in the forest. After the Monument fire the orchard and most of the forest is gone. What's left is a foul-mouthed old coot who likes to scream obscenities at the top of his lungs, an incessantly yowling dog, and poultry making a racket at all hours. If you're looking for peace and quite in a natural setting steer clear of this place.

Visited March 2014
9 Thank Ariz_Hiker
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Tallahassee, Florida
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157 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stop By”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stopped and even though the season is over, Tom Beatty took us on a tour and showed us one of the cabins that you can rent. He still had hummingbirds and the apple trees were full of apples. The chickens were running around and we bought some of his apples and a dozen fresh eggs.

Visited October 2013
3 Thank Theresa C
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Federal Way, Washington
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137 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“So Wonderful....I'd Like to Keep it a Secret!”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

This is by far the best place to go in the Greater Tucson area to see hummingbirds. Go early in the day when the hummers are most active. Mr. Beatty has some rules he would like you to follow, basically common courtesies, but people sometimes need reminders. We found the whole experience the highlight of our trip to Tucson. Keep in mind that it is quite a drive to Miller Canyon from Tucson.

Take a birdbook to help you identify all the different hummingbirds you will see.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank rubbertgator
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