BASICS: Long Island gets hummingbirds throughout the summer, but not many. The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary and Garden may be the best place on the island to see them.
However we are ONLY open in august and ONLY by appointment, at specific "slot" times which are posted at this blog.

You need a printed, dated SIGNED WAIVER, which will be sent to you to confirm your appointment, along with directions and instructions. We are always closed 12.30-3. You visit AT YOUR OWN RISK - there are steep narrow uneven paths and dilapidated chairs and structures, and parking is limited: carpool if possible. Be careful not to trespass on neighbors, as indicated by ropes and signs. Hand-held cameras only please, except by previous arrangement. There is no admission charge BUT YOU MUST BRING a signed dated liability waiver form. Dated waiver forms are provided only by request, in conjunction with your appointment. Private groups (eg photographers, birders, gardeners) can request their own dedicated session.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

East Hampton Noise Meeting Reminder; Epiphytes

The important helicopter/seaplane noise meeting in East Hampton will be held today at 4.30:

The meeting—originally set for last thursday at LTV Studios at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscott—will now take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the same location.

Here's a vid of a colorful bromeliad in a poinciana tree at Calypso. I'll try to show one in bloom (hummers love the flowers) soon. To the left you see a foxtail palm and to the right a Bismarckia palm.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Another powderpuff/woodstar clip

Bahama woodstar hummingbird (Calliphlox evelynae) feeding at pink powderpuff (Calliandra hematocephela), at Calypso, Eleuthera. 4X slo-mo

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Noise Meeting Postponed to next week because of snow; Rose's beach

The East Hampton Aircraft Noise meeting has been delayed by a week (to march 12) because of ........snow!
Here's a recent video of the beach in front of Northside Restaurant (Rock Sound, Eleuthera), where we had a delicious lunch.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Important Helicopter Noise Meeting Tomorrow; smell the roses

(from Kathleen Cunningham, Chair of the Quiet Skies Coation. If you are ever bothered by aircraft noise over Long Island, please try to attend this very important meeting.)

Dear Quiet Skies Coalition Supporters,

This is IT. This is the BIG SHOW. We simply MUST SHOW UP IN FORCE to support the East Hampton Town Board's proposals for access limits to protect the public from noise.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at
LTV Studio,
75 Industrial Rd,
Wainscott, NY 11975

Driving directions
Montauk Hwy to Wainscott NW Road (Twice Upon a Bagel is at the corner) in Wainscott. 
Make a left (if traveling East on Montauk Hwy) onto Wainscott NW Road and take it to the end. 
Make a left onto Industrial Road. The studio is about a half a mile down on the left (#75). 
LTV Studio is the building on your left as you pull into the driveway.
I simply cannot emphasize strongly enough, how critically important it is for the noise affected to attend this meeting. Opposition groups will be there in force. And, so must we.

The Town Board needs to feel our support on Thursday evening.

This is OUR LAST CHANCE for vastly improved noise conditions this summer.

Please come. Please speak out. Please support these amendments as proposed. This is our last stand.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

See you then.


Kathleen Cunningham

I realize the cold snowy weather seems to have settled in permanently on Long Island but spring is just round the corner. Here are a couple of vids I shot of the climbing roses at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird sanctuary last year in early june. They scramble up the little wild cherry trees close to the bluff.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Queen Emma Lily

This wonderfully fragrant flower, Crinum augustum, was a favorite of the last queen of Hawaii, just prior to US annexation. At the end of this clip I zoom out to show its location, under a vast seagrape tree from which hangs a rocking chair, just outside the back door of our house, "Woodstar". You can also see a native buccaneer palm (Pseudophenix sargentii, with a bromeliad clinging to its trunk, and behind it the swordlike upright leaves of "mother in law's tongue" (Sansievieria)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day at Sky Beach

Valentine's Day lunch and fun with the family of our eldest son, who are visiting (or should that be escaping) from Maine), at Sky Beach, just north of Calypso. Here's the love of my life on the beach there, pointing out my son and his son frolicking in the waves.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Smaller waves at Calypso

The Atlantic waves on our beach have diminished but are still impressive. Here's a vid from yesterday evening showing our beach, starting with a close-up of Halcyon Point about a quarter mile east. You can see the waves have brought a significant amount of seaweed (and of course some plastic - see this recent NYT article about this growing problem), and I spent an hour collecting and bagging it (the plastic!). Fortunately the seaweed came up quite high because of the big waves, and once it's dry I (or rather my gardener Kevin) will gather it and use it as mulch on planting beds.

Here's one looking down at the beach from our low bluff.

and another

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Big waves at Calypso

There have been big waves on the Atlantic Ocean at Calypso for 2 days. Here's a video of them crashing against 2 islands that lie offshore (Little Diamond Cay and, behind it the taller (50 foot) Great Diamond Cay).  These islands are about a half mile to our southeast.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Abandoned Nest

Here are some videos of the abandoned hummingbird nest I mentioned a few days ago. The first shows the nest covered by a Bahamian quarter (same size as a US quarter). The second shows the nest with the lid removed and a finger for size comparison.