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 (

Friday, August 5, 2011

Open today 9.30-12.30 only; drops of blood

We will be open today from 9.30 to 12.30 - see for directions, info etc. However, there are not a lot of hummingbirds around so far. The image is from Anthony Chartoff last year and shows a juvenile male hummer perched on the tip of a mullein flower stalk. There are already a few red throat feathers in place, but the full ruby "gorget" will only be complete just before the spring northward migration. In juvenile males these feathers can look like drops of blood in bright light.

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