BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Monday, November 19, 2018

summer hummer close-up; climbing roses

It froze at the sanctuary and a number of flowers are dead, but some are still hanging on, though I think the predicted Thanksgiving deep-freeze will finish them off. I'm planting more antique climbing roses at the base of the little cherry-trees, after having grown them on from tiny plants  in pots throughout the summer on the deck, away from the depredations of the numerous deer. Now they are big enough to train up the tree-trunks. Then I wrap them up in chicken wire cages. I now have at least 20 climbing up cherry-trees, and in mid-june (and only then) they put on quite a show. Here's another clip of a hummer feeding at Black-and-Blue, this time closer-up (or is it close-upper?).

Friday, November 9, 2018

Late, and very late.

I thought this was my last hummer of the season (filmed oct 12)

But then, after a long gap, this ruby-throat showed up on nov 4:

I've not see it since but then I've not been much at the sanctuary recently.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Still Some Hummers

I shot these clips on sunday october 7. The first one is in 4K

and this one the day before

Friday, October 5, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Shrimp Plant perching, feeding

This hummer often perches near a feeder at the extreme northwest corner of the garden, overlooking Long Island Sound and the beach far below. I often live-stream this view (at and at but the live-streams are of poor quality/resolution (often only 360P) because of my limited internet bandwidth. So here's a short clip of this area filmed with my handheld SONY camcorder. At first the hummer is perching on a twig of the shrimp plant, he then feeds at a couple of the flowers, then at the feeder, and finally I zoom out to show the view.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hummer-Canna Close-Up; Visiting

Here's a close-up view of a hummer feeding at canna flowers.

The sanctuary is private and NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. However friends, old and new, are welcome to visit - but please by appointment only!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Hummers fighting over Canna

I've been mostly posting at Facebook, but here's a recent video at the sanctuary, with 2 hummers arguing over who gets the canna flowers. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Daniel Hauben painting at the sanctuary again

Once again Daniel Hauben is painting at the sanctuary - here are a couple of the pastel canvases he's working on. We are also livestreaming Danny at work!