BASICS: 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.
The sanctuary is ONLY open certain, very limited, dates/times, starting july 20, and ending sept 15, and ONLY by specific private appointment, at particular, available "slot" times posted at this blog. No visits of any type without a confirmed appointment (

Thursday, August 11, 2011

few hummers but OPEN TODAY, THURSDAY, 9.30-12.30 and 3-6

We are open today from 9.30 to 12.30 and then from 3 to 6. See for directions and info. My initial walk around today revealed only 1 hummer, and the wind, disappointingly, has turned to the north, so it will be a quiet morning. Hummers tend to leave southwards on a north wind. However I did just now (9.30) see an adult male, with a full ruby gorget, just a foot away from me, on the Woodland Path!
The image is from several years ago and shows a hummer feeding at Mina lobata ("spanish flag", "mexican toothbrush vine"). This is an excellent hummingbird-attracting vine but we have not found it locally at nurseries for some years now. Thanks to Sharon Schwarz for this image. You can also see a framed version of this picture inside the front cabin, which features a variety of hummingbird photos taken at the sanctuary over the years by various photographers. This cabin also provides refuge in case of showers.

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