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).
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
OPEN TODAY TUESDAY am,pm; need waivers; hummers active
This is a nature sanctuary more or less in its natural state, and has steep uneven slippery paths and other surfaces, slippery decks (in the rain) with steps, and wet, dirty, decrepit seating and owners. Please wear good foot-wear: no flip-flops allowed. Visitors should park in the designated lot, walk down the righthand driveway, ring the bell at the admissions table and briefly wait so I can collect your waivers. Small groups should always carpool. Waivers are being rationed so if you have already requested one please be patient, approval will arrive soon.
We are open this morning (tues aug 13) 9.30-12.30 and this afternoon 3-5.30, but only if you bring a signed waiver. Please no visit from those that have already been here this year. Hummers are quite active despite the rain. They may not be tomorrow, since the wind will shift to the north and many might leave southward
The photos were taken yesterday by Ken Eddy (top: Salvia involucrata "Mulberry Jam"; bottom spicebush swallowtails). Despite intermittent rain, hummers were quite active. The new waiver policy seems to be working in regulating the number of visitors, allowing me to keep track, and of course in offering me some degree of protection against accidents and ruthless lawyers. It's a hassle, but once you have filed a waiver it should remain valid for future visits - but please, no double visits over the next 2 weeks.