BASICS


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 certain dates/times, typically in august only, and ONLY by appointment, at specific "slot" times which will be 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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

new vid; visiting slots posted; hummer cocaine; what's happening in court


Fred, who's still very active at the sanctuary. feeds at rosebud sage (Salvia involucrata) - one of the best hummingbird plants around. The variety at the sanctuary is "Bethelii", which grows taller than "Mulberry Jam', though it takes longer to start blooming. I get it from Beds and Borders, in Laurel, though I believe Long Island Hummingbird Plants, in Medford, also has it (along with the fabulous Pink Porterweed - hummer cocaine!).

I've at last been able to ok with my lawyer that we can go ahead and open to the public this august, on the same very limited basis as last year: you need to request an appointment for a specific time, chosen between the available "slots" posted on this blog (in the right hand column, next to this post). If your chosen slot is still available (and you should check this on the blog just before you send your request) you will be sent permission to visit AT THAT SPECIFIC date/time slot only, together with a Liability Waiver form that you must bring with you, and instructions for visiting (directions etc).
However it's still possible that Justice Tarantino (the judge in my case) might grant an injunction to prevent public visitation, in which case I will have to rescind your permission to visit.
Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of 6 cars in our parking lot. Therefore all your group must arrive in the same vehicle. When you ask for permission, please state the number of people who will be in your group, and bring a signed paper copy of the waiver for each person in the group. We cannot supply blank waiver forms at the sanctuary. If you arrive at the sanctuary with no permission and no signed waiver, you are trespassing and must leave initially.
Because of the 6 car limit for each morning or afternoon slot, it's vital that if you have a confirmed appointment but unexpectedly cannot come, you MUST notify me ASAP, so that another can occupy your slot. No-shows without prior notification will render you forever unwelcome at the sanctuary, and cancellations must be sent at least 4 hours ahead of your slot time.
The judge will be looking to see how orderly, well-regulated and well-behaved my visitors are this year, so please follow all the instructions that are sent with your confirmation!
Of course personal friends (and we both know who they are) are exempt from these rules, but even these must request and receive an appointment.

SUMMARY: request ONE specific available (i.e. POSTED) slot time, receive permission, waiver and instructions, and be sure to cancel if you cannot make your appointment. Requests for unavailable slots or more than 1 slot will be ignored.

I'll write about what happened in court in my next post.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Some Visiting Slots Posted! More to follow...

I've at last been able to ok with my lawyer that we can go ahead and open to the public this august, on the same very limited basis as last year: you need to request an appointment for a specific time, chosen between the available "slots" posted on this blog (in the right hand column, next to this post). If your chosen slot is still available (and you should check this on the blog just before you send your request) you will be sent permission to visit AT THAT SPECIFIC date/time slot only, together with a Liability Waiver form that you must bring with you, and instructions for visiting (directions etc).
However it's still possible that Justice Tarantino (the judge in my case) might grant an injunction to prevent public visitation, in which case I will have to rescind your permission to visit.
Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of 6 cars in our parking lot. Therefore all your group must arrive in the same vehicle. When you ask for permission, please state the number of people who will be in your group, and bring a signed paper copy of the waiver for each person in the group. We cannot supply blank waiver forms at the sanctuary. If you arrive at the sanctuary with no permission and no signed waiver, you are trespassing and must leave initially.
Because of the 6 car limit for each morning or afternoon slot, it's vital that if you have a confirmed appointment but unexpectedly cannot come, you MUST notify me ASAP, so that another can occupy your slot. No-shows without prior notification will render you forever unwelcome at the sanctuary, and cancellations must be sent at least 4 hours ahead of your slot time. Of course this means that some slot opportunities may be posted at the last minute, so if you must come on a specific date but slots have already filled keep checking the blog for late cancelations.
The judge will be looking to see how orderly, well-regulated and well-behaved my visitors are this year, so please follow all the instructions that are sent with your confirmation!
Of course personal friends (and we both know who they are) are exempt from these rules, but even these must request and receive an appointment.

SUMMARY: request ONE specific available (i.e. POSTED) slot time, receive permission, waiver and instructions, and be sure to cancel if you cannot make your appointment. Requests for unavailable slots or more than 1 slot will be ignored.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Please be patient!

I know many of you are watching the blog for the promised "slot" time postings, which give the date and time you would be eligible to request permission to visit the sanctuary in the coming month. I still hope to open as usual, starting aug 1, with many additional days available throughout the month. However, for various legal reasons, I cannot quite do so yet. Please be patient - I'm fairly confident that I will be able to post available visiting times very soon (probably by monday evening), but not yet sure.
In addition, though I'm seeing increased numbers of hummer, activity is still fairly low.

Over the long weekend the sanctuary hosted, for 4 days, the very talented artist Daniel Hauben. He painted entrancing pastel scenes of the garden and I hope I will be able to show you some of the beautiful results fairly soon. It was a great pleasure to see his complex conceptions develop rapidly from blank paper, and the intensity he worked (in throbbing heat). t the end we all went for a refreshing swim in Long Island Sound - after climbing over the huge ruts left by all the car traffic.

 Daniel is the artist-in residence this week at the East End Arts Council, and gave a fascinating talk on tuesday evening at their campus in downtown Riverhead (located on the south side of Main Street just east of the Suffolk Theater).  Before the talk Claire and I took a walk along the Peconic River there, and once again I thought how much potential there is in downtown Riverhead, with a setting that is far superior to many highly successful town centers like Port Jeff, Huntington or Westhampton Beach. On the other side of the Peconic River there's just a beautiful natural park, and I think the plan to build a pedestrian walkway across to it is absolutely brilliant. however this plan now hangs in the balance, for rather silly reasons. In addition, Riverhead should finally bite the bullet and build a multistory car park, allowing the magnificent Peconic Riverfront to be used for cafes, restaurants, galleries etc, not just blacktop for parking. I've lived in Riverhead (part-time) for 24 years and it's so sad to see all the potential frizzled away.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Pete feeds on Cuphea

 
Pete, the subordinate male at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, feeds at Cuphea "David Verity".

Monday, June 29, 2015

repeat performance

This evening, just after sunset, sitting on the front deck, I saw exactly the same behavior as yesterday evening. An adult male hummingbird (probably Pete, the nondominant guy we saw a few weeks ago) feeds at cuphea David Verity, then tries to feed  at the nearby feeder, whereupon he's immediately attacked by Fred, the boss. But this time I managed to film him feeding at the cuphea, despite the fading light. 2X slo-mo.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fred Close Up; ps

Fred has been trying out new favorite perches. Here's a clip I shot today in rather wet conditions:


Shortly before this I filmed him perform a short mating dance for an invisible female, but it did not come out well. The sequence is at normal speed and so has a sound track, which is the waves on the beach 150 feet below.

And here he is on a variant of this perch a few days ago, in the sun, and not quite as close up. You can here some kids playing in the background, probably at the 4H camp.


PS: as I sat on the front deck at 8pm overlooking the very mournful Sound an adult male hummingbird came to the feeder nearest me. Within second an angry Fred arrived with an aggressive whirr and chased the intruder away. Fred cannot see this feeder from his favorite perches, but he spends most of his time away from these perches, checking out his feeders and lurking in on possible intruders (or potential mates). A few minutes later a female came to the flowers, and a few minutes later a male (probably Fred), visitng successively Salvia greggii, S. splendens (the variety "Lighthouse Red"),  Cuphea "David Verity" and finally ther same feeder. Then a bit after that I saw 2 hummers chasing at high speed, then a hummer (I think a female) visiting coral honeysuckle, which is still blooming. There's a lot of S. guaranitica flowering but so far few visits - the hummers have yet to learn that though blue it's good. Then anorther chase, even though the light is getting bad. I have the impression that activity is beginning to pick up after the june doldrums. The volunteers that come the week after next should be in for a treat.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pink Porterweed; renewed call for volunteers at the sanctuary


Here's a vid from october last year showing a young hummingbird feeding at Pink Porterweed (Stachytarpheta mutabilis), a hummingbird magnet. It's difficult to find but Long Island Hummingbird Plants carries it. It's strictly tropical but you can overwinter it indoors- mine is blooming right now, though I've not yet seen Fred, our resident male, using it. And he's doing a very good job of driving all the other local hummers way from every corner of the sanctuary.

A small group of hummingbird aficionados very generously sometimes help out at the sanctuary, either with watering plants and refilling feeders when I'm away for a few days,  or with helping monitor visitor when we are open. If any of my faithful and patient readers would like to help out but are not on the list to which I recently sent a request email, please email me and I will add you to the list. It's essential that you have already, in the past, visited the sanctuary, and that you are fit and good on your feet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Volunteering at the sanctuary



A small group of hummingbird aficionados very generously sometimes help out at the sanctuary, either with watering plants and refilling feeders when I'm away for a few days,  or with helping monitor visitor when we are open. If any of my faithful and patient readers would like to help out but are not on the list to which I recently sent a request email, please email me and I will add you to the list. It's essential that you have already, in the past, visited the sanctuary, and that you are fit and good on your feet.

The photo, by DickSolo, shows a hummer feeding at Salvia greggii (Autumn Sage).

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Roses n' hummers

I was filming a red climbing rose ("Blaze") on the front deck in Baiting Hollow, with the Sound in the background, when a hummer (Fred) sweeps in front of me and goes briefly to the adjacent feeder, and then takes off into the distance, to check out the rest of his territory.  2X slo-mo


And here's a frontal view of Fred taking off from his new favorite perch - I don't know why he seems to have largely abandoned the old favorite.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fred on a new perch

Fred, the dominant male hummingbird at the Baiting Hollow Sanctuary, is using a different perch - a little bit closer, but still with an encompassing view of the western valley.. Here he shifts his position slightly. 2X slo mo


and here you catch a glimpse of his ruby throat as he departs again