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 (

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Feeding in the Rain

Just at sunset (it's now setting over western Long Island) the rain  stopped.

The rain today reminded me of these videos of hummers in the rain

Thursday, October 12, 2017

spot the hummingbird

One of the last videos of the 20017 season. At first it's difficult to spot the hummer!

Monday, October 9, 2017



I got word that a Calliope hummingbird - the US's smallest - from western states such as as Oregon and Washington - has been spotted in Baiting Hollow, though not (yet) at the sanctuary, so I was keeping an eye out for it, without success. But instead here are a couple more videos from september, featuring favorites such as jewelweed and shrimp plant.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ladies and More Monarchs

I have never seen so many Painted Ladies as the last few days, and lots of monarchs too.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


After several days with no sighting I was happy to see one hummer several times, visiting the feeder hanging in the doorway of the front cabin:

While waiting for him, I filmed a lot of monarchs

Thursday, September 28, 2017

shrimp plant; a hint of fall color

I did not see any hummers on wednesday morning, and only 1 the previous day, so it looks as though the end of the season is near. Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana) is aptly named because the pink/red bracts look like shrimp-tails. The nectar-containing flowers are white and much appreciated by hummingbirds. However the variety at the Sanctuary has a pink lower lip on the flowers. The first video shows a hummer feeding at shrimp plants with an occasional sip at purple porterweed. The second video is from a drone flying over the tree-tops to the west of the sanctuary. Some of the maples are already beginning to turn red.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

perching on porterweed stalk, with a ring of gold

perching on a porterweed stalk, with a ring of golden pollen around the base of the bill.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fuchsia Attack

This afternoon this guy was trying to rest after feeding at a fuchsia plant but got attacked. 2X slo-mo

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

still some hummers after Jose: closed to humans but not to hummingbirds!

A couple of hummer clips from this morning - still at least 2, enthusiastically chasing each other, despite the strong winds over the last 24 hours, which cause the feeders to swing violently, even in relatively sheltered spots, as shown here. Unfortunately the general public can no longer visit the sanctuary, as a result of a lawsuit by a neighbor, but I will be regularly updating this blog with hummingbird news, videos and images, both at the sanctuary and elsewhere. Stay tuned!

there was also a much bigger bird soaring in the wind:

and here are some clips of the waves on the beach below the sanctuary