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).
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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