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, May 28, 2015

Fred guards Coral Honeysuckle and Darts his Silvery Tongue

On the north east corner of the front cabin "Seagull Lodge" grows a tall coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens, available from, the best honeysuckle for hummingbirds:

It's in full bloom and is attracting visits from male (principally Fred) and female hummers. Curiously the flowers emerge from the center of the leaves:

Fred sometimes guards this honeysuckle (he cannot be near all the good nectar sources at the sanctuary at once!) and here he's perching on a nearby twig, and darting out his tongue.

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