BASICS


BASICS: 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.
The sanctuary is ONLY open certain, very limited, dates/times, starting july 20, and ending sept 15, and ONLY by specific private appointment, at particular, available "slot" times posted at this blog. No visits of any type without a confirmed appointment (paul.adams%stonybrook.edu)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

open days in the coming week


We will be open to visitors (by appointment only: email paul.adams&stonybrook.edu) am  (10-12.30) or pm (3-5) on july 25,26,27. We will be open a half-day at the weekend (TBA), and three days every week until sept 15 (TBA).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Activity picking up

We are starting to see more activity, just in time for the first visitors, with juveniles giving Fred a lot of work, and sometimes escaping his vigilance. Here's a video from yesterday (saturday) showing a juvie feeding at various types of salvia (all currently available at lihummingbirdplants.com)
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We are open sunday morning 10-12.30 july 23 - shoot me an email to reserve. Dates for next week will be announced shortly.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

first open day of season

while I was waiting for the first visitors of the 2017 season (no-shows) I filmed Fred feeding at cardinal flower:


Cardinal flower is a Long Island native perennial that grows along river banks such as the Peconic and the Nissequogue. It's mainly pollinated by hummingbirds. When the bird feeds, the anther (the tiny stalk projecting above the 2 red petals) snaps down and dabs a patch of pollen onto the forehead. The purple flower is porterweed - a hummingbird magnet, available ONLY at lihummingbirdplants.com.
I'm seeing a couple of young hummingbirds appearing, though Fred chases them away, and I hope there will soon be more.

Visiting slots are available july 21 10-12.30 and 3-5 (but pm only a couple) and sunday july 23 10-12.30. Please email me if you (and others in the same car) would like to visit then, though it's still rather slow. Dates for next week will be posted soon.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We are open july 20pm, july 21am,pm, july 23 am

Visiting slots are available july 20 3-5, july 21 10-12.30 and 3-5 (but only a couple) and sunday july 23 10-12.30. Please email me if you (and others in the same car) would like to visit then, though it's still rather slow. Dates for next week will be posted soon.





Sunday, July 16, 2017

The flowers are ready and waiting

First visits of this season (by confirmed appointment only) at the sanctuary on the afternoon of thursday july 20 (3-5 only), and friday july 21 10-12.30 or 3-5. Many more dates on subsequent days will be announced here on a rolling basis, based on weather etc. However, under the terms of the lawsuit settlement, only 3 days a week and one half weekend day will be available. The sanctuary will permanently close to the public after sept 15.
So far hummingbird activity at the sanctuary is low, and it's probably best to wait until next week or later. But to make an appointment for one of the above 3 slots  please email me (paul.adams#stonybrook.edu) the announced date/time would like to visit. Please do not request an appointment for any other time, wait until your preferred time is posted at this blog. I will then send you instructions for visiting, which you should review carefully, letting me know that you agree to the rules, and then I will confirm your appointment. It's a bit of a hassle but I want to ensure that our last opening season is orderly and successful.












Fred welcomes visitors (by confirmed appointment only) at the sanctuary on the afternoon of thursday july 20 (3-5 only), and friday july 21 10-12.30 or 3-5. Many more dates on subsequent days will be announced here on a rolling basis, based on weather etc. However, under the terms of the lawsuit settlement, only 3 days a week and one half weekend day will be available. The sanctuary will permanently close to the public after sept 15.
So far hummingbird activity at the sanctuary is low, and it's probably best to wait until next week or later. But to make an appointment for one of the above 3 slots  please email me (paul.adams#stonybrook.edu) the announced date/time would like to visit. Please do not request an appointment for any other time, wait until your preferred time is posted at this blog. I will then send you instructions for visiting, which you should review carefully, letting me know that you agree to the rules, and then I will confirm your appointment. It's a bit of a hassle but I want to ensure that our last opening season is orderly and successful.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

First Opening Dates/Times


Fred welcomes visitors (by confirmed appointment only) at the sanctuary on the afternoon of thursday july 20 (3-5 only), and friday july 21 10-12.30 or 3-5. Many more dates on subsequent days will be announced here on a rolling basis, based on weather etc. However, under the terms of the lawsuit settlement, only 3 days a week and one half weekend day will be available. The sanctuary will permanently close to the public after sept 15.
So far hummingbird activity at the sanctuary is low, and it's probably best to wait until next week or later. But to make an appointment for one of the above 3 slots  please email me (paul.adams#stonybrook.edu) the announced date/time would like to visit. Please do not request an appointment for any other time, wait until your preferred time is posted at this blog. I will then send you instructions for visiting, which you should review carefully, letting me know that you agree to the rules, and then I will confirm your appointment. It's a bit of a hassle but I want to ensure that our last opening season is orderly and successful.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Couple of Announcements

A couple of announcements. First, the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary will be open on certain specific dates (to be determined) falling in the period july 20 - sept 15. Under the terms of the lawsuit settlement, this will be the last year in which the sanctuary will be open to the general public. Even this year we will only be open 3 1/2 days a week during that period, the half-day being on the weekend. The exact dates will be decided on the basis of weather etc, and announced a few days ahead on a rolling basis at bhhummer.blogspot.com - NOT at this FB page. Please wait until you see the date you would like to visit posted at the blog, and then email your request to Paul Adams at stonybrook.edu. Paul will then respond with further information and once you have acknowledged reading that information, he will then confirm your appointment. No visiting without a confirmed appointment - it could land Paul back in court, or worse. Requests to visit will be ignored unless they are for an already posted slot (though of course Paul's personal friends can request to visit at any time). 
come and see Fred and his friends and enemies!


The second announcement concerns the future of the sanctuary. The lawsuit settlement allows Paul to deed his property to an existing environmental organization, for use as a hummingbird sanctuary open to the public or otherwise. He is currently discussing this possibility with the Seatuck Environmental Association, an outstanding group focussed on wildlife preservation and public environmental education. Whether these discussions will actually lead to the preservation of the existing sanctuary, in part or in total, is unclear. However, those who would like to see the sanctuary continue in some (perhaps better) form could consider making a donation to Seatuck (at https://www.seatuck.org/index.php/support/donate-now). If you do choose to donate, please consider making your donation to Seatuck in honor of the Hummingbird (first name) Sanctuary (second name). Even if these discussions do not lead to the preservation of the sanctuary, you would be supporting a vibrant, Long-Island-based environmental organization, and your donation increases the likelihood of a successful outcome. More to follow!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Very big hummer lands next door

here it lands:


and then it takes off:


The man that lives next door is Kamal Bherwani, who I first met in the office of his lawyer, as part of his lawsuit against the hummingbird sanctuary. Unfortunately the suit never came to trial, since after 3 years of battle I no longer had the resources (financial and mental) to continue, and was forced to settle. Under the terms of the settlement I have to close the sanctuary to the public after this season (which runs july 20  - sept 15), though of course my private guests may continue to visit. I will soon be posting at this blog the exact dates and times for visiting. When you see an available slot time that suits you, please email me with your request.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Back to Fred


I added a small bowl feeder (Aspects "HummBlossom", available at lihummingbirdplants.com) to the dead branch, hanging over the back deck, where Fred often perches, and he seems to like it. Much of the time he is on the tip of the dead pine tree that allows him a sweeping view of the western valley, where I cannot get close enough to film him well.



But he sometimes leaves this spot, either to patrol the rest of his territory, or else to visit his perch over the deck, from which he will often briefly visit this little bowl feeder, which allows him to stand while feeding. Here's the perch just above the feeder. At then end of the clip he dives down to the minibowl feeder. I over-exposed the video so although he's in silhouette against the sky you can see a lot of detail. So far this summer I'm only rarely seeing other hummers - Fred is keeping them out.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indigo Bunting

I filmed this indigo bunting at Pettengill Farm, near Freeport, Maine, during a trip north 2 weeks ago.


It's an idyllic place where one hears only the sounds of nature.

 
















Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fred on twig


this HD video was shot shortly before the 4K video I posted on june 22.  On my Retina screen  you can definitely see slightly more detail at 2160p 94k) than at 1080p (HD) - but unless you were to view it on a large-screen UHD TV, it does not seem worth while.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A New Blog: reevesbeach.blogspot.com

Years ago I used to run, but had to give it up because of hip problems (bursitis). In Eleuthera this winter I started to run again, but on the beach, and because the sand is soft, my hips are cushioned and it was good to get my heart and lungs pumping again. So on returning to Baiting Hollow, I decided to try running on the beach below the sanctuary. In the past I've tended to ignore the beach, for a variety of reasons: the trash, the ruts, the vehicular traffic, the loud music and other noise (including gunplay), the sometimes unsavory characters, etc etc. But in the early morning the beach is usually quiet or even empty. And on my walk back from my run, I started to pick up the trash - a sisyphean task! Then I decided to start a facebook page ("Reeves Beach") to document the natural beauty and human ugliness of this magnificent but damaged beach. But after a short while I decided that the blog format suits me best - not least because I can upload pictures straight from my phone to the blog. It's at reevesbeach.blogspot.com. Turning seventy, I realize what's most important to me, in my remaining time, other than family and friends, is enjoying, respecting and preserving the natural world - especially the parts where I live, political correctness, diplomacy and even sometimes politeness be damned. The following images are from today's run, and are more in the nature of a test of the phone-to-blog process. This hummingbird blog will resume soon!


before I climb back uphome, I sit and catch my breath and enjoy the view.

Today's haul of trash


sometimes the good not the bad












reevesbeach.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The latest sunset of the year.

on the summer solstice june 21 the day is the longest of the year, and this is how it ended here on the bluffs at the sanctuary;


Friday, June 23, 2017

drone not hummer

I got a DJI Spark drone for my birthday with which I'm hoping to shoot some interesting footage, both at the sanctuary and elsewhere.
This is the drone that was recently featured in the NY Times. It comes with its own HD camera mounted on a gimbal, and can be controlled using a smartphone. Here are some preliminary results.



Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately since I'm a complete beginner), the range one can operate the drone is quite limited using a cell phone, less than 100 feet. But it's enough to practice with. In addition there's a (known) bug when using an Android phone, which causes one to lose the connection with the drone. Lots to learn! 
It tends to be very windy here but the drone seems to handle gusty wind remarkably well: when it's hovering and a gust comes one can hear the motors revving very strongly but it remains in place. In the second video the voice-over, which I recorded during filming, was added afterwards in
post-production, so it's not perfectly synchronized. 










Thursday, June 22, 2017

4K fred

Fred is now using a more favorable perch, here's one clip I filmed at 4k resolution - note the detail.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Birthday

Monday was my seventieth birthday, which Claire and I celebrated in Baiting Hollow and in a couple of our favorite spots on the North Fork (Horton Point Lighthouse and Orient Village). Here's a short video of us enjoying the climbing rose "Frances Lester" at the sanctuary.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fred close-up

Fred is also sometimes perching on another dead pine-tree top at the bluff edge in another part of the garden, with Long Island Sound in the background. Sorry for the ubiquitous helicopter noise in the background.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Excitement builds; Coralita

Excitement builds here at the sanctuary.  June is always a quiet month for hummingbird activity because territories have been settled, birds have rebuilt their strength after the migration, and females are now feeding their young an insect-based diet, with only brief visits to flowers and feeders. But mid-june is when the antique roses that climb my wild cherry trees flower, and already some buds are opening. Here is Perennial Blush:


But both Fred and Coralita are putting in appearances. Yesterday I added one more feeder to the array I already deploy, and within minutes Fred showed up and tried it. He obviously approved, because he returned to it repeatedly in the next 2 hours. But here is a visit by Coralita to another feeder,  the one that she usually uses. Both vids are 2X slo-mo.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Better Fred Vid

Yesterday evening Fred arrived once again at the "Cherry Queen" salvia just after sunset - but a few minutes earlier than before, so the light was better, and I was able to shoot a reasonably good long sequence:


Here's the remnants of the sunset a few minutes later:



Friday, June 2, 2017

Fred sups again at Cherry Queen

This evening I returned to Baiting Hollow and sat on the front deck overlooking the Sound and waited to see if Fred would once again take a long bedtime drink from the "Cherry Queen" flowers (Salvia greggii). This time it was a clear sky and I positioned myself between the setting sun and the flowers. Sure enough a few minutes after a  brilliant sunset (when it was starting to get very cold and the light was fading fast) Fred showed up at these flowers, and lingered for quite a while. I was able to get several clips, and first (because of bandwidth limits) I'm showing a couple of the shortest clips, the second one replayed at 8  X slo mo. I'll upload the longer ones overnight, and post separately.




and here's a longer clip from 3 days ago, viewed from the side and in even worse light, so Fred is silhouetted against the gray Sound and sky.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Baiting Hollow or Monte Verde?

When finally the appalling weather lifted this morning, mist was streaming up the western valley, and it was like being in a cloud forest such as  Costa Rica's famed Monteverde - complete with hummingbirds (or at least Fred, the resident male):



Then in the afternoon the mists burned off, and I decided to film Fred on his habitual perch using my old Canon Vixia camera with the 1.5 X supplementary lens, mounted on a tripod. Here are the results, no better really than with the new Sony handheld.




In all these videos the problem is that Fred is just too far away - roughly seventy feet, so that to the naked eye he's just a speck.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Fred snacks at bedtime; visiting procedures

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The past few evenings, just after sunset,  Fred has been feeding at a clump of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggeii "Autumn Sage") even though he completely ignores it throughout the day. Maybe it's because the light is better (though still not good)  on the front deck than almost any other location, or maybe it's simply because that's the time I almost always sit there.
Happy Memorial Day everyone! - even though the weather continues wet, gray and cold on the unofficial start of summer.
Reminder: this will be our last year for public visitation, and only during the period july 20 - sept 15. Although you need an appointment to visit, you can only request this once the actual open days are posted at this blog, starting around july 15. Please do not request an appointment until the available dates are posted.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Calypso garden clips

More gray cold wet weather so to cheer me up (and I hope you) here are some garden scenes from our winter place in the Bahamas, "Calypso"











This is the view I see when I wake from my afternoon nap.




Finally, for those wondering where the hummingbirds are, here is a century plant bloom (30 feet high), with a hummingbird and bananaquits enjoying the feast.

Monday, May 22, 2017

More Fred Clips; McKee Gardens

Here are a few more videos of Fred perching from the same session as my last post.






The day before we visited Mepkin Abbey, we went to 2 Florida gardens, Heathcote (Fort Pierce) and McKee (Vero Beach), both of which we had visited during previous NY-Fort Lauderdale trips. Here are a somne videos from McKee Botanical Garden. How I wish I were back at McKee on this cold, wet gray day in Baiting Hollow!


 







Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fred and Coralita - mating dance

Yesterday (saturday) evening I sat near the bluff-edge feeder where I had often seen a female hummingbird. However, when she arrived she actually visited the large coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens, an excellent native north-eastern  American vine) which climbs up the northeastern corner of the front cabin. Because of her liking for this vine, I am calling her Coralita. Shortly after I saw Fred, the resident male hummingbird, visiting this feeder repeatedly, and perching in the vicinity, perhaps hoping for a date (or more) with Coralita. One of the perches was part way down the bluff itself, and here is a long video of him preening, bill-cleaning, chirping and scrutinizing his surroundings.You can see some dull red flashes from his gorget, but he was in shadow and the angle was not ideal. The soundtrack is other birds singing and the waves on the beach below.


Then after a while Coralita came to the feeder, and quite quickly Fred intervened. I could not quite see what happened next but within a few seconds I saw that Fred was performing a mating dance just below me, presumably for her benefit, though I could not see where she was. Here's Coralita snacking on coral honeysuckle, and then another video of Fred, with a clear red flash at the end when he quits his perch.





Next, Coralita visits the bluffside feeder (perhaps best played back at 0.25 speed - use the Youtube cogwheel) - and just as she leaves Fred arrives (not shown).


Shortly after, Fred does his mating dance. The video shows only the last segment of the dance, and it's difficult to follow, until you watch carefully the upper left and right corners, where Fred briefly swings above the level of the vegetation. He then plunges down to the center middle of the frame and swings rapidly up to the other top corner. Presumably the object of his affections is located somewhere in the plant tangle at the bottom center of the frame. He's almost impossible to see as he moves rapidly across the vegetation. You can try running the vid at 0.25 speed, though he's still streaking near the dance nadir! The female judges the male largely based on the speed and accuracy of the dance.





Saturday, May 20, 2017

Initial Hummingbird Videos at the Sanctuary; Visiting



Here are a couple of rather poor clips showing the adult male (I presume it's "Fred", from previous years - though it could be "Son of Fred") in residence at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary. The top one shows him perching at the tip of a dead black pine tree, located part way down the eastern slope of the western valley. From this spot he gets an excellent view of this valley (though since it's quite far away and not on my property) I do not get an excellent view of him. He spends most of his time scrutinizing his territory for either intruders or potential mates. But sometimes he very briefly visits one of my feeders. The second video shows him perching on a branch just above a feeder.


We will be open to visitors (by appointment only) certain days during the period july 20 - sept 15. Details of available dates and how to obtain an appointment will be posted in july at this blog. Please note no appointments can be made until the exact available dates are posted. Do not request an appointment until available dates are announced. This will be the last summer I open the sanctuary to the public, because the settlement of the lawsuit (brought by a neighbor) to which I agreed stipulates that public visitation will cease after sept 15 2017. However I will of course continue to welcome visits by friends and personal guests.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Back at the sanctuary - 2 hummingbirds sighted; Mepkin Abbey

I'm back at the sanctuary, and have already sighted 2 hummingbirds - a male and a female. The male is perching a lot near a feeder between the 2 cabins, and the female is dashing briefly to a feeder on the edge of the bluff - very typical behaviors at this time of year. I will try to get video but in the mean time here are some clips I recently filmed during our visit to the garden at Mepkin Abbey, on the Cooper river north of Charleston. It's a Trappist (= silent) monastery and suitably quiet, as you can appreciate on the soundtrack.
I can't believe it's nearly 2 months since my last post, my only excuse is the rather limited bandwidth in Eleuthera and then during our weeklong drive north from Fort Lauderdale to Stony Brook, via Wilmington N.C.











Monday, March 27, 2017

Foot in Mouth

Here's a close-up video of a hummer (Bahama Woodstar at Calypso) preening, and using his foot to try to remove the pollen from his bill.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Drone at Calypso

My stepson Noah is visiting Calypso and brought with him (together with the appropriate permit!) his Phantom 2 Drone with GoPro camera. Here's an example of the results - still rather wobbly, because no gimbal.


The drone first flies down our driveway and then turns left onto the sandy track that goes through our property. It then swings back to show our house "SeaStar" and slowly starts to climb to reveal Calypso Pond behind the house, and the sun setting in the west. It then turns clockwise to show the ocean and, as it swings to the east, our little cottage "Morningstar" and, well beyond,  a cluster of neighboring houses beyond the eastern edge of our property.  Continuing to turn clockwise, it shows Seastar again. Noah is just getting the hang of droning but it shows the general layout.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bahama Woodstar Adult Male Close-Up


Filmed march 8.
Yesterday I also saw a female hummingbird poking at Thumbelina's old nest remnants - she appeared to be taking fragments of the old nest, presumably to incorporate into a new nest somewhere. I will hunt for it.

The last I heard of the 2 Aquebogue rufouses was on feb 22, when they were doing very well - in part thanks to the live fruit-flies the homeowner is releasing in her yard, to provide protein snacks. And ruby-throats are already on the gulf coast (see http://hummingbirds.net/map.html). They will be back on Long Island in less than 2 months - you should get your feeders out by tax day.
Sorry I've not been posting recently - we have been happily busy with a succession of visitors. But I will now try to post more regularly.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

North Fork Rufous Update; Calypso views

I'm happy to report that the 2 rufous hummingbirds that have adopted a North Fork backyard as their winter residence are doing fine. The devoted and tireless homeowner has been releasing live fruit-flies on warmer days, to provide the protein they need. At some point they will presumably head back across the country to their west coast breeding grounds, but the time is not yet ripe yet.
Here at Calypso I've been battling a nasty cold which has left me unable to do much, except enjoy sitting in the park-like grounds. Here are a few videos I shot yesterday showing some of the great variety of palms I have grown over the 25 years we've been coming here.


Here you see (from left to right) a purple Ti plant, a sabal palmetto, a Veitchia arecina, a Royal Palm, a Foxtail palm, a white banana-like Strelitizia nicolai and a pink oleander.



The second video shows the same group of palms etc on the left, and a bottle palm on the right, with a zoom to an oleander blossom.


A triangle palm in the foreground of the next clip.



Friday, February 3, 2017

Blue Boy


The adult male Bahama Woodstar hummingbird has a purple throat gorget, but in the gray light of a cool wet day like today, it looks almost blue. This guy is guarding a feeder just outside our window.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Empty Nest Syndrome

Yesterday we got an inch of rain and I was not able to look at the nest; I filmed this from inside:



This morning, dry and sunny, I found the nest to be empty. I'm pretty sure that the two chicks fledged yesterday, or possibly very early this morning. The nest did look a bit squished but as I wrote in my last post, it was already somewhat flattened the day before the rain.
Very likely the 2 chicks, still only able to fly very short distances, are hanging out somewhere in the immense (100 feet wide) of their densely-foliaged tropical almond tree. I did spot what appeared to be a young hummer high up in the canopy,at the end of a bare twig, but he was gone by the time I came back with my camera.
In the meantime here's a vid from last summer in Baiting Hollow, showing a male hummer at a feeder with Long Island Sound in the background.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Thumbelina's chicks almost ready to fledge

Everything seems to have happened very fast though it's already 5 weeks since I first spotted the nest. The chicks are now both poking their heads well out of the nest and looking around alertly. The nest itself has expanded in diameter and flattened somewhat. Tomorrow rain and wind is predicted but I think they will in any case soon fledge. Here are a couple of clip from this morning.

 




Friday, January 20, 2017

Hibiscus Blossoms; Quogue Stabbing; will Trump stop the carnage?

Here at Calypso pink hibiscus are flowering:





Thumbelina continues her feeding/stabbing of her rapidly growing chicks. This aggressive style of feeding is characteristic of all hummingbirds - here's the same behavior at the ruby-throat nest in Quogue I filmed during the summer.  


Perhaps this is the "carnage" Trump will stop? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thumbelina's chicks are growing fast


Thumbelina has been very busy ferrying food (mostly half-digested insects) to her 2 chicks, which are now sufficiently big that their beaks poke well above the nest when she is feeding them (though it sometimes seems as if she's stabbing them!). It's still fairly windy so the nest sometimes swings out of view.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thumbelina's eggs have hatched; North Fork Rufouses faring well


Thumbelina's nest has been whipping around in a strong north wind for several days and I've been unable to film, or even properly observe, her nest. However clearly she's been hanging in for dear life and has kept her eggs warm, because this morning I observed her feeding the chicks for the first time. You cannot see the feeding very clearly from this video, shot during a brief period of relative calm, partly because her back is to the camera, but she's clearly standing on the rim of the nest and apparently "stabbing" the nest interior with her beak - exactly the normal feeding behavior. Although it will continue windy for several days, it will shift more to the east, from which direction the nest should be more sheltered, so I should be able to put back in place my observation tower (a step-ladder) which was knocked over in the wind, and get better video. It's 2 weeks since I first observed the nest, which was essentially complete, and the youngsters have hatched right on schedule, despite the howling north wind of the last few days.

Conditions are far tougher in the North Fork yard that's currently hosting 2 rufous hummingbirds - the temperature the last 2 nights has been down to 12 degrees - but thanks to the valiant efforts of the homeowner, running 3 heated feeders, a heated roost, and a supply of freshly released fruit-flies (for needed protein) both seem to be doing fine! Here's a link to an interesting earlier account of these 2 rufouses.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

More nest videos

Although I'm calling the female Woodstar hummingbird who's nesting just outside our living room here on the Bahamian island Eleuthera "Thumbelina" (following a suggestion by Donna DeSousa), her name could equally well be Patience. That is certainly the virtue personified by an incubating mother-bird! Here are some videos from yesterday showing Thumbelina on her neat little nest, viewed from 3 different angles. They were all filmed at about 10.30, when rays of sunshine happen to hit the nest despite the thick surrounding foliage. The first video shows the view from the step ladder I've positioned about 8 feet from the nest, so I can get a horizontal view. The camera zooms out to show the location of the nest in the tree.


The second video is also from this angle, and shows her flicking out her tongue.


Here's the same nest on the same date/time, viewed from another angle:


and finally from a third angle - 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Does Fake News Invade the Hummingbird World?

There's apparently a new Attenborough-narrated Nature series running on the UK BBC called "Planet Earth II" - a sequel to the 2006 "Planet Earth" series. I'm not sure if this new series is available on US TV. According to Morning News USA some viewers feel the new hummingbird footage is so extraordinary it might not be real but created by "CGI" - "Computer Generated Imagery". Judge for yourself: