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).
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The above photo was taken recently at the sanctuary by Rick Mei (whom I thank). It shows a young hummingbird approaching coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), native to the North-East and an excellent hummingbird-vine. It has been blooming continuously here since may.
There's been a resident adult male hummer at the sanctuary since may. He patrols the entire grounds, but often visits a favorite perch - a dead branch of a wild cherry tree that is right above the deck of the rear cabin. Yesterday a young hummingbird decided to steal his perch while he was away. He spent 5 minutes there, until the "owner" returned, when a vigorous attack and chase ensued. While activity is still fairly modest, it's definitely picking up, and I think we will be able to open slightly early - on wed, or possibly even tues afternoon. The weather forecast looks good, but please check this blog before setting off. Remember we are always closed 12.30-3.