The Hummer House

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

If you are thinking that this place is for a chorus that doesn’t know the words, you are wrong.  The Hummer House is a quaint bed and breakfast located at Christoval, Texas.  Well, actually it is about a mile outside of Christoval, which is about twenty miles south of San Angelo, Texas.

I spent part of the day there yesterday.  It is part of the Brown Ranch, owned by Dan and Cathy Brown.  It is aptly named for the proliferation of various Hummingbird species that reside there in season.  That would be from about mid-March until late September.  Dan and Cathy put out a couple dozen hummingbird feeders. and the hummingbirds return each year to this refuge.  Also other bird species and wildlife abound there.  Deer and wild turkey are regular visitors every evening. 

There is a bird viewing room that measures about 25 feet long with a large

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

window over-looking the feeders and a small pond.  It will seat about 40 people, either spectators that like to watch, or photographers.  I am one of the latter and this is one of my favorite places to spend time with my cameras.

The viewing area is open to the public, for a small fee.  Guests of the bed and breakfast can use it at no charge.  But you must call ahead or you won’t able to get through the gate.  Because of the popularity of the place, Dan and Cathy were forced to lock the gate and put a key-pad on it.  When you make your reservation to visit the viewing area, they will furnish you  the number.

The guest quarters consist of three separate cottages.  The Hummer House that accomodates 4-6 adults, The Lodge for 8-10 adults, and The Hideway, a romantic little place for 1-2 guests.  All are luxurously appointed and stocked with basic cooking ingredients, breakfast foods, fresh fruit, etc.  My wife, Ann, and I stay there 2-3 times a year.

Because of the high population of hummingbirds and other species, it is a popular place for the people that do bird-banding.  Literally thousands of birds are banded there every year.  Bird-banding is done to keep up with the immigration habits of different bird species.

So for a great birding experience, in the air-conditioned comfort of this wonderful place, check it out.

Happy Birding!!

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