A residence in Patagonia — where bird-watchers have come for decades to spot species such as the sought-after violet-crowned hummingbird in the backyard — will be sold by the owners and managed by the Tucson Audubon Society.
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. A rufous hummingbird beats its wings about 50 times each second, and its heart may beat 20 times a second. A hummingbird can consume up to three times its own weight in nectar each day, and yet it spends just a little over one-tenth of its time feeding.
Jon Friedman shows two sizes of a new hummingbird nectar introduced through his business, The Wild Bird Store, 3160 E. Fort Lowell Road. The goal of the new mix is to create a food source that won't harm the tiny birds.
A bird finds a scenic perch near a pasture in Amado. Field trips next month will take birders to sites around Southeastern Arizona, including Cienega Creek, Catalina State Park and the Catalina and Huachuca mountains.