Chat with Us at the Paton Center!

Written by Tom Brown and reprinted by permission of the Tucson Audubon Society

The Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word chat: to talk lightly, glibly, or flirtatiously. But to us here at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, it is: to make buzzes, whistles, tuks, chips and a whole series of other goofy noises, blasted out, non-stop throughout the day. All courtesy of the Yellow-breasted Chat!  This bird is normally what I would refer to as a “skulker,” rarely seen as it stays in the underbrush and dense leaves. Here at the Paton Center though, it’s common to see these bright yellow-breasted birds right out in the open, on a fence, or even enjoying a bit of suet from one of the hanging blocks. With over a dozen of these very vocal birds in or near the yard, the din can become a bit much after a while. Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing them—just as the first light breaks at dawn, mid morning, and even at lunch time. But by late afternoon, I am ready for a little quiet, which is rarely afforded with chats in the yard!

Yellow-breasted Chat, Jackie Bowman

For a chance at seeing a Yellow-breasted Chat, and to enjoy the “rock concert” of the bird world, visit us at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds. We look forward to your next visit.

Tom Brown, Site Manager – Paton Center for Hummingbirds