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 (

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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