BASICS


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 (paul.adams%stonybrook.edu).

Friday, December 8, 2017

NY Times article - and soon Southward Ho!

Here, in today's NY Times, is an interesting comparison between hummingbirds and bees. However, it does not mention aggression between the 2 species (with bees usually winning), or the fact that bees make holes in flowers which prevent hummers from feeding (see https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/hummingbirds-avoid-nectar-robbed-flowers/).

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/science/hummingbirds-bees.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

All the flowers at the sanctuary are long gone, and I'll soon be reporting "Calypso", from our winter location in the Bahamas. It will be good to see hummers again - and this view!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Westward Ho! - mid-november droning

in mid-november there were still some leaves on the trees and I sent the drone "Westward Ho!":


I cannot resist adding this NC Wyeth image:
       
                                          

and this, an illustration from the same book.

                                          

and finally one of Wyeth's personal paintings.

                                 



Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Droning at the sanctuary

Here are some recent drone sequences showing fall colors and Long Island Sound.









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