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 6, 2013
CLOSED TODAY UNFORTUNATELY
Unfortunately we are CLOSED TODAY TUES AUG 6, because yesterday's Newsday article brought quite a lot of visitors, for which we are not really set up. While most of these carefully respected our guidelines, there was a lot of traffic and a few parked outside the designated lot. See my responses to the comments below.
WE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TOMORROW.
In the meantime we will be broadcasting live commented reports from the sanctuary, around 10.30-11.30 am, then around 3.30-4.30 pm, and finally near sunset (7.30-8.30 pm). Please see our webcam link to the right of this post.
We hope to resume limited visiting soon, possibly by private appointment only. Details will be posted on this blog. In the mentime if you have already succeeded in visiting, this year or in the past, we would appreciate that you post your comments here at the blog, to tide us over this difficult period.
The recent photo is by Allen Siegel, and shows a hummer feeding at pink porter weed Stachytarpheta mutabilis. This is a tropical annual that must be overwintered indoors, but is worth the trouble because it's a wonderful hummer magnet. Notice that the bird is perching while he feeds, saving energy. Wherever possible hummers do this.