Many hummingbird destinations are privately owned and operated to attract both hummers and human visitors. Many have expended great effort to enhance your hummingbird viewing experience and offer fabulous diversity.
We do not endorse nor have a relationship with any of the facilities. We simply list them here as we believe they are some of the best we have visited. If you know of others please let us know.
The Hummingbird Monitoring Network is a science-based, project-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of hummingbird diversity and abundance throughout the Americas. They have a very prodigious schedule of capturing, recording data, banding and releasing hummingbirds from March through Oct. They often need volunteers. Or you can observe hummingbirds up-close..
North America > United States > Arizona > Madera Canyon
Friends of Madera Canyon
With lofty mountain peaks, forested slopes, seasonal streams, and an amazing variety of plants and wildlife, Madera Canyon has become a popular recreational destination. Madera's hiking trails are applauded throughout the Southwest, and vary from paved, handicap-accessible trails and gentle walking paths in the lower canyon, to steep, expert trails leading to the top of 9,453-foot Mt. Wrightson.
Southeastern Arizona, with Madera Canyon at its heart, is rated the third best birding destination in the United States. With fifteen (15) species of hummingbirds, Elegant Trogon, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Flame-colored Tanager, 36 species of wood warblers, and over 256 species of birds documented, it is a "required" site for all serious birders.
North America > United States > Arizona > Patagonia
Paton's Hummingbird Haven is a special place. It started in 1974, when Wally and Marion—life-long bird-lovers—began to plant flowers and install water features on their property. They put up hummingbird feeders and had great success, attracting Violet-crowned and other hummingbirds reappear around March and continue through October along with even rarer species like the Cinnamon Hummingbird and Plain-Capped Starthroat. The general birding from April through September is exceptional. The yard is always open, dawn until dusk, every day of the year. Entrance is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
The Tucson Audubon Society, working closely with the American Bird Conservancy and the Victor Emanuel Nature Tours company, launched a fundraising campaign and succeeded in raising the funds needed to purchase the property. More
Directions: Going west on state highway 82, turn to your right at 4th. Avenue. If your going east on state highway 82, turn left at 4th. Avenue. There is a small sign on the corner with a pair of binoculars painted on it. On the other corner there a Cowboy Bar. Once you are on 4th Ave., proceed to the end of the street. You will come to a T intersection, turn left. As soon as you pass or cross the dry creek ( Sonia Creek ) the Patton's house will be the first house you come to on your left. You should be able to notice the signs on their fence that goes across their front yard.
Patagonia Rest Stop is four miles south of town on Rt 82 with one picnic table and the 150-yard trail along the creek across the highway is summer home to the reliable thick-billed kingbirds, Arizona's noisiest birds, and the occasional rose-throated becards, builders of a spectacular hanging nest shaped like a huge football.
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is one of the best-known and most popular places for birding in the U.S. More birders have seen their first gray hawks here than anywhere else. The streamside or riparian habitat found along Sonoita Creek contains some of the richest habitat remaining in Southern Arizona. More than 300 species migrate, nest, and live in this critical habitat and bird enthusiasts come thousands of miles to catch a glimpse of some of them. Of particular interest are the gray hawk, vermilion flycatcher, violet-crowned hummingbird, thick-billed kingbird, zone-tailed hawk, green kingfisher, white-throated sparrows (in winter) and black-bellied whistling duck.
Patagonia Lake on Rt 82 is located southwest of Patagonia, Arizona, and northeast of Nogales. The lake is 260 acres and was created by damming Sonoita Creek. Facilities are maintained by Arizona State Parks.
Hendrix Residence near Nogales. According to the National Audubon Society, the American Birding Association and other sources, this ranch has the largest number of hummers that anyone has seen in one spot in the United States. Jesse Hendrix puts about 150 feeders around his remote Nogales home to keep up with the thousands of birds that visit him each year between the peak period of April and October. The Hendrix Ranch has been featured in People Magazine, PBS and the BBC and people come from all over the world to visit.
UPDATE from Rose - "The Hendrix residence near Nogales, Arizona no longer exists. I drove down to see it, and found NO TRESPASSING signs at the entrance to the property. After making inquiries with the Nogales Chamber of Commerce, I was informed that Jessie Hendrix had died July 24, 2013 and the property had been sold. There is no longer a hummingbird attraction located at that site".
We share this video in Jesse's honor- It is narrated by David Attenborough - BBC wildlife.
Beatty's holds the United States one (1) day hummingbird species record of fourteen (14) species of Hummingbirds: Allen's, Anna's, Berylline, Black-chinned, Blue-throated,
Broad-billed, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Costa's, Lucifer, Magnificent, Rufous,
Violet-crowned and White-eared (only place in the U.S.A. that you can almost be guaranteed to see whehum). The Berylline arrived 31 May. Best winter yard bird was a Male
Casa San Pedro is a nationally-acclaimed Arizona inn 90 miles from Tucson. It is responsible for San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, east of Sierra Vista,
13 species of hums on checklist, thousands at peak population, mostly Black-chinned,
hummer banding on site, good birding along desert riparian corridor
Ramsey Canyon Inn, Ramsey Canyon Cabins & Nature Conservancy, located in the Huachuca Mountains within the Upper San Pedro River Basin in southeastern Arizona, is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and the diversity of its plant and animal life. This diversity is the result of the interplay of geology, biogeography, topography, and climate. 15 species of hummingbirds are known from the Huachucas as well as dozens of species whose geographical ranges lie mostly in Mexico. Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together.
Ash Canyon B&B One of the best overall venues to relax in comfortable chairs and see the best assortment of hummingbirds and other canyon birds at all the feeders. Directions: Just off Hwy 92 and Turkey Track Road.
North America > United States > Arizona > South East
Creek Ranch is located inside Cave Creek Canyon,
about a mile west of Portal, in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast
Arizona (about 3 hours southeast of Tucson, or 3 hours west of
At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the temperature
in summer is generally 10 to 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix or
Tucson. Winters are mild, but there is usually snow on the mountain.
Fall color is spectacular. In spring and summer many rare Mexican
birds come here to nest.
George Walker House, Paradise/ near Portal, was a B&B in beautiful
setting, 1,000+ hummers at peak, 14 species, is under new ownership
by birders who may be carrying on with feeding hummingbirds.
North America > United States > Arizona > Hereford
Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast is a nationally-acclaimed Arizona inn 90 miles from Tucson, near Ramsey Canyon, Bisbee, and Sierra Vista. The Inn is on 10 acres adjacent to the San Pedro River and Riparian National Conservation Area. Here you can view 355 species of birds and hundreds of butterflies. Experts agree Casa de San Pedro is one of the most romantic Arizona getaways and the most upscale Southern Arizona Bed and Breakfast. Naturalists, bird watchers, history buffs and environmentalists herald the inn as a world-class accommodation with a heart.
Sedona Cathedral Hideaway "We have many varieties of hummingbirds throughout the year: Anna’s, Black-Chinned, Ruby Throat, Broad-Billed, Costa’s, Magnificent, Rufous and Broad-Tailed. Some say they are God’s most creative gift of nature. While our guest is consuming their gourmet breakfast on the back deck, the hummers stay busy eating at the adjacent feeders. They must consume around 155,000 calories per day. Jealous? They stop by and look right at you like they are trying to give you some kind of special message from another dimension. When they zip by on both sides of your head and then turn around and sweetly chirp, you can’t help wonder if you are in the middle of a Disney movie".
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in southern CA, 600,000 acres, breeders
include Anna's and Costa's, migrants include Rufous and others,
spring wildflower blooms are incredible mid-Feb thru April.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, Claremont, claims to be the
largest botanical garden dedicated exclusively to California native
plants, has many outstanding water features for birds.
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine, in Modjeska Canyon, feeding
hummers was started here in the 1920s by Mrs. Tucker using shot
glasses containing sugar water, 12-acre site for educational use,
features locally breeding species and spring/fall migrants.
The Hummer House in San Angelo is the summer home to Texas' largest concentration of breeding Black-chinned Hummingbirds.
This video is especially interesting at minute 3:15-6:45 where the hummers are enjoying the fountain and mist spray.
Fennessey Ranch is part of a legendary 750,000 acre Texas land empire. Many hummingbirds during migration.
Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary "Long Island gets hummingbirds throughout the summer, but not many. The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary may be the best place on the island to see them: in August, when we are open, we guarantee that you will see a hummer, if you are a little bit patient and not actually blind. On some days there are many around".
ACTION ALERT! Can you help? The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary is threatened to be closed.
Letter from Paul at Sanctuary:
Dear Hummingbird Enthusiasts - back in August you expressed interest in the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary (lihummer.org and bhhummer.blogspot.com), requested the liability waiver form we require of all visitors, and many of you successfully visited the sanctuary before we closed for the season at the end of the month.
Unfortunately very recently a few of my neighbors initiated a lawsuit against me, seeking to not merely close the sanctuary, but to prohibit private bird sanctuaries in the Town of Riverhead. A summary of the situation is at the end of this email. I'm writing now to ask if any of you are lawyers, or know of such a lawyer, who might be willing to represent me at reduced cost. If so, please contact me at the following address: email@example.com
Sorry to bother you, but the survival of the sanctuary is at stake. And thanks!
- Paul Adams
Paul Adams maintains his property along the bluffs in Baiting Hollow as a hummingbird sanctuary, where he gets what is, for Long Island, a fairly high level of hummingbird activity. During the month of august, when activity is usually good, he allows birders and other hummingbird enthusiasts to visit his property, at agreed times and under strict conditions, which are announced at lihummer.org and bhhummer.blogspot.com. Although his property is surrounded by hundreds of acres of undeveloped woods and fields, there are 3 neighboring residences, and owners of 2 of these houses very recently instituted a lawsuit against Paul and the hummingbird sanctuary. The key contention of the lawsuit is that such a bird sanctuary is not permitted on residential property, since under the zoning the only permitted use is residential. If it were generally the case that property zoned for residential use only, whether currently developed or not, cannot be used as any type of bird sanctuary (in the sense that wild birds are allowed to frequent the property, and encouraged to do so by the natural features of that property), birding, one of America's post popular outdoor activities, would be severely restricted nationwide. Of course the claims made in the lawsuit are probably absurd, but if Paul doesn't successfully defend himself against the suit, this would create a highly unfortunate precedent for birding throughout the country. Unfortunately mounting a vigorous defense is likely to be expensive. Paul already incurs high expenses (eg annual property taxes on the Soundfront sanctuary of $11,000 a year, and a considerable budget for hummingbird-friendly flowers (over $2000 a year), does not charge visitors or ask for donations, is not in a position to pay the full costs of suitable lawyers, and is hoping that a sympathetic lawyer might provide representation at reduced or even no cost.
Hi everyone, as you know, I am trying to help Paul Adams, owner of The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary and member of this forum, in his fight against his neighbors who want to stop Paul from ever hosting visitors to the Sanctuary. Visitors are only allowed during the month of August and at very restricted times and numbers. I suspect there may be some more self serving motives as well from the people who brought this $3 MILLION dollar lawsuit against him.
If you don't follow the Facebook page I started or haven't signed the online petition I started, please consider doing so.
Also provided is a link to Paul's blog regarding the latest developments of the suit, he is looking for advice on how to proceed. Unfortunately, the lawyer who was supposed to represent Paul in the case has retired.
El Malpais National Monument, Grants, huge stopover for northbound
Broad-tails in May, dining on blooming Claret Cup and Paintbrush, also: Magnificent, Black-chinned, Calliope, Broad-tailed and Rufous Hummingbird. Near Continental Divide (7,000 ft)
Gandy Dancer B&B, Chama. Has a multitude of hummingbirds whizzing around your head that, as we were told, have been known to tap on the windows when they return from migration to alert John and Chris to get the feeders back out!
Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque, has an annual hummingbird festival featuring hundreds
of hummers in old bosque habitat, the Fest offers great talks (annually
since 1994), and local expertise, 505-344-7240
Randall Davey Audubon Center Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary encompasses 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife. Bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Center and Sanctuary provides a peaceful sanctuary for plants, animals and our visitors. Ranging from common to rare, approximately 190 species of birds can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary.
River Dancer Inn, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Relax under the canopy of majestic cottonwood trees while listening to the wind, chattering birds and the buzzing sounds of hummingbirds. Many Broad-tails during fall migration, beautiful area
in north-central NM, 505-829-3262
Ruidoso/Lincoln Area, May is officially 'Hummingbird Month in Ruidoso', but hummingbirds are here from April to October. Many Rufous hummers during fall migration. Feeders are everywhere
in this area, beautiful vista everywhere! Hummingbird Cabins
Santa Fe Greenhouses, is High Country Gardens, Santa Fe, was purchased in late 2012 by American Meadows, a company based in Vermont but the nursery headquarters have moved to Denver. Check out the other local nurserys for hummers.
Terrero General Store, The Tererro area has become the humingbird's breeding grounds and the amount of nectar used per summer has risen steadily from 800 pounds to 1,100 pounds. It has been estimated that over 2,000 hummingbirds will be at the Tererro General Store feeding each summer. Sherry Ley hangs large one gallon feeders along the eaves of the store and at the height of the season, in July, there will be eleven. These feeders are refilled twice daily.
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is to conserve animals, plants, habitats, and other natural components of the Piedmont Region of the
eastern United States through observation, scientific study, and education for students of all ages.
The continental origin and proximity of Trinidad to South America,
along with its many varied habitats, has resulted in an unusually
diverse fauna. The species lists for this island are impressive:
108 mammals; 400 birds (many hummingbirds); 55 reptiles; 25 amphibians;
and 617 butterflies! No other area in the West Indies, and few
if any areas of comparable size anywhere in tropical America,
can match this spectacular diversity of species.
The largest concentration of hummingbirds in the Caribbean can be found in a nondescript neighbourhood in the lush Maracas Valley town of St. Joseph -- or to be more specific, in Theo and Gloria Ferguson's garden. Hundreds of the birds visit on an average day, including 13 of the 17 hummingbird species that can be found on the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rocklands Bird Sanctuary. (Facebook) Montego Bay. Hand-feed hummingbirds.Owned and run for many years by Lisa Salmon, and continues to be run as a sanctuary following her death. Her nephew Fitz is now in charge, and has been associated with the site for 15 years. The sanctuary is home to thousands of birds from Jamaica and migrant birds who have flown thousands of miles to feed here.
Jamaica has (four) 4 resident species of hummingbird: Red Billed Streamer-tail Hummingbird (aka Doctor Bird), Jamaican Mango, andVervain Hummingbird. Three (3) of which can be found at the Rocklands Sanctuary, but the fourth, the Black-billed Streamertail, is found only on the very eastern part of the island.
Some are so tame that they will come straight to a handheld bottle of sugar water and some will even sit on your finger to feed. There’s an outdoor patio area where you can sit and watch birds such as the Jamaican Oriole using the feeders. The Common Ground-Dove and Caribbean Dove can be seen around the gardens, looking for the seed provided in the sanctuary.
The Bee Hummingbird is endemic to Cuba, and has a patchy distribution across the mainland and on the neighbouring Isla de la Juventud. The bee hummingbird is primarily found within mature forests and at forest edges, where there are plenty of bushes, lianas and epiphytes. It is also known to inhabit mountain valleys, swamplands and gardens, and is occasionally recorded in open country. The bee hummingbird is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Depending on your source, there are 336 to 356 species of hummingbirds. They live exclusively in the Western Hemisphere from Alaska to the tip of South America. Of the more than 60 species officially accepted as hummingbirds of Mexico and Northern Central America, over half are endemic to Mexico.
Hummingbirds have played a role in Aztec and Native American mythology for thousands of years. They have been portrayed as a healer or as a spirit being who helps people in need, and sometimes play the important mythological role of fire-bringer. In ancient Mexico, hummingbirds were considered sacred and associated with royalty and warriors. Even today, some Mexican tribes believe hummingbirds to be messengers from the afterworld or manifestations of a dead person’s spirit.