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Operation PhotoTrogon Cease #3 – Paton Middle for Hummingbirds – Reflections of the Pure World

By Jim Acquire


This weblog sequence chronicles the adventures that Wealthy Brown and I skilled on our quest to seek out and {photograph} the wonderful birds of Southeast Arizona in Might of 2022.


I first realized about Wally and Marion Paton when Maria and I ventured to this space again in July of 1997. In response to the Lane Chicken Information, it was a should cease location for all birders with its specialty being the Violet-crowned Hummingbird. I keep in mind chatting with Mrs. Paton of their yard whereas tallying species resembling Summer time Tanager and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

The Violet-crowned Hummingbird is the chook to see on the Paton Middle. Native to western Mexico, this species’ vary simply barely reaches into america, and the feeders on the Paton Middle are the most effective — and sometimes solely — place within the nation to see this spectacular chook. Whereas the Violet-crowned often is the star of the present, a tremendous complete of 15 hummingbird species have been recorded on the Paton feeders, with 12 of those occurring most years. Relying on the time of yr, Broad-billed, Anna’s, Rufous, Broad-tailed, and Black-chinned Hummingbirds could all be current on the feeders, together with less-common species resembling Costa’s and Calliope Hummingbirds.

Ebird Hyperlink: Paton Middle for Hummingbirds (Patons’ Yard)
Google Maps Hyperlink The Paton Middle for Hummingbirds

Wealthy and I arrived on the Middle at midday and had been checking off the species earlier than we even left the parking space; Brown-crested Flycatcher, Gila Woodpecker, Summer time Tanager and Northern Cardinal.

Brown-crested Flycatcher
Gila Woodpecker
Second-year Male Summer time Tanager
Northern Cardinal

Quickly we ventured into the yard and added the star of the Middle, a Violet-crowned Hummingbird. It was a quick encounter and would find yourself being the one time we noticed one which afternoon.

Paton Middle Yard Space

I overheard somebody point out RUDDY GROUND DOVE out in entrance and we took off to try to see it. This may be an American Birding Affiliation space chook, although not a lifer as I had simply seen many within the Yucatan final January. The docent obtained us on the calling feminine simply throughout the wash and he obtained a scope arrange so all of us might see it clearly. It is a uncommon, however common species general in SE Arizona, however has been seen commonly right here of late. It was not potential to get images of the distant feminine, however as luck would have it, a male appeared within the timber proper subsequent to the feeders and I managed an honest shot.

Ruddy Floor Dove

Over the course of our three hours of birding we logged 43 species with photographs of 17 species. Ebird Guidelines hyperlink.

Broad-billed Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Summer time Tanager – 2nd 12 months Male
Summer time Tanager – Grownup Male
Summer time Tanager – Feminine
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Inca Dove
White-breasted Nuthatch (Inside West)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Northern Cardinal – Male
Northern Cardinal – Feminine
White-winged Dove
Gambel’s Quail

Subsequent Cease: Ash Canyon Chicken Sanctuary



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