Fan-tailed Warbler

Fan-tailed Warbler

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Paton House - 15 April 2013

As promised, I had to dedicate one post to just the Paton House alone.  This place is listed as the most reliable place in the United States to view the Violet-crowned Hummingbird, and I have never been disappointed in seeing one of these hummers during my visits to this place.  And along with it, one will usually see a lot of other birds as well.  During my visit, I recorded 38 species, which is a very respectable number for bird species in or around 1 yard.  Have to thank Larry Morgan for his hospitality.  If you ever get a chance to visit this place, please consider a good will donation to assist in the feeding of the birds.

Now on to the birds and the photos.  We will start off with 3 hummingbird photos.  Of course the Violet-crowned Hummingbird is going to be featured, and a photo of a Black-chinned Hummingbird and also a photo of a Broad-billed Hummingbird. 

 Violet-crowned Hummingbird

 Black-chinned Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

And now a couple of sparrows; the White-throated Sparrow, and a Song Sparrow and a Green-tailed Towhee, which is related to the sparrows.  The White-throated Sparrow is not that common in Arizona, so it is always a joy to find one and then get one that is willing to allow photos.

 White-throated Sparrow

 Song Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee

Now lets add some color to the photos with a Summer Tanager, a Black-headed Grosbeak, and a Hooded Oriole.  This was the first day of the return of the Summer Tanager at Paton's.

 Summer Tanager - Male

Summer Tanager - Male

Summer Tanager - Female

Black-headed Grosbeak

Hooded Oriole

Not too bad of a selection of birds in just one yard.  If anyone gets anywhere close to Patagonia, AZ, it is worth your time to stop in and check out the Paton House.


  1. Wonderful selection of birds. Love the Summer Tanagers especially!

  2. Absolutely! Great photos Gordon. That Broad-billed is beautiful, and the Tanager too!

  3. Wonderful sightings! I still need to go here!