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 (

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shielding chicks from the sun

The Gumbo Limbo tree in which Gumbo is nesting (and for which she is named) has lost almost all its leaves, as usual in the dry season. The afternoon sun is now streaming directly into the nest, and Gumbo usually perches, immobile, on the edge of the nest to shield her babies. The chicks are starting to look like proper hummingbirds, though their beaks are still very short, and it will not be long before they fledge.

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