The next set of backyard feeders open to the public was in Sierra Vista. The first place we stopped was on a large piece of property in Miller's Canyon. This place had a Bed and Breakfast, fruit and vegetable gardens, and poultry. The owners had a stadium seating set up with 4 benches, and cushioned seating under a large awning. The seating overlooked several hummingbird feeders with each feeder hanging under a small number or letter. We visited 2 backyard feeding stations in Sierra Vista.
One yard opened for public viewing was a home/Bed and Breakfast. In addition to the store bought bird feeders were several small feeders made from every day household items. This was also a great place for photographing the customers.
|Male and Female Black-headed Grosbeaks|
|Bullocks Oriole enjoying grape jelly from a can. Note the oranges nailed to the tree.|
|Female Black-headed Grosbeak (left) and Scott's Oriole.|
I'm curious if this is the only area in the States with the practice of private residents opening their yard to the public. I've bird watched in Alaska, Florida, South Texas, West Texas and I've never seen anything like this. Even a non-birdwatching person would find it relaxing to watch the bird activity and observe the beauty of the yard.