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 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 (

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sanctuary on Channel 12

another slo-mo vid showing feeding at cardinal vine

Doug Geed, who covers the East End for Channel 12, spent the morning at the sanctuary on monday. As he requested I invited several sanctuary enthusiasts (from as far as Staten Island: thanks Maryam) for him to meet, including past "volunteers" (thanks Gini and Chuck) and representatives from Great South Bay Audubon and Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island, both of which have been visiting the sanctuary for over 15 years. Apparently the results of his efforts can be seen at
 if you can login (which I can't). Dates for visiting next week will be announced very soon.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lawsuit settlement

Hummingbird feeding at flowers of yellow coral honeysuckle (and ignoring its own reflection); 4x slo-mo

According to the settlement of the lawsuit against me by one of my neighbors (Kamal Bherwani), and certain other individuals, I may only open the sanctuary to my "public" invitees during the period july 20 - sept 15.  I put the word "public" in quotes because the issue as to what is "public" was never clarified. Let us assume here that it refers to persons who respond to my public announcement that I will receive visitors on particular days, whether these persons are friends, acquaintances or merely those with an interest in hummingbirds who I would like to meet. Prior to the settlement I only welcomes such general visitors during the month of august, so paradoxically the settlement actually enlarged visitation. I believe the plaintiffs stipulated this "restriction" because they were totally unaware of the dates I was actually open. This expansion of general period was offset by a stipulation that I could only receive visits 3 and one half days per week (the half day being at the weekend). I am at liberty to choose the exact dates, and I try to judge when the weather would be most favorable, and the noise from helicopters and seaplanes minimal, within constraints set by my personal private activities. The settlement of the lawsuit, to which, under considerable pressure, I agreed, also stipulates that all "public" visitation to my property will cease after sept 15 2017.  In my next post I will turn to the lawsuit itself.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

No current visiting opportunities; cardinal vine

Here's a slo-mo view of a hummingbird feeding at the little red flowers of cardinal vine (a type of morning glory), and perching when it can. The purple flower is porterweed - also a hummer favorite (get it only at LI Hummingbird Plants).
There is no more availability for next week (aug 21-25) but one morning or afternoon (to be decided but not aug 27 am) next weekend will be available. Please bear in mind that under the terms of the lawsuit settlement we can only open 3 1/2 days a week, either 10-12.30 or 3-5 or sometimes both. The exact times are determined a few days ahead by weather and other factors.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dates for next week

Things are filling up real fast for next week, but we still have 3 weeks more after that so hang in there! Today (friday) terrific rain but everyone who braved the storm saw hummingbirds and stayed more or less dry! All appointments are rain-or-shine.

recent photo by Isaac Lebowitz. ALL DATES NEXT WEEK NOW FULL!  You must now wait to  request permission ( to visit the sanctuary until new dates are posted.  You can arrive/depart any time within the designated period (no early birds) but you must have a confirmed reservation. See right-hand column of this blog for more information.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Canna Attack

Fully booked this week.  Plenty more visiting dates, until sept 15 after which we permanently close,
 will be posted here soon. For more info, see the right-hand column of this blog.
Hummingbirds put on some good shows for intrepid visitors this afternoon, despite the drizzle. But here's a clip from  couple of days ago, showing a hummer feeding at Canna flowers. Look carefully at the very end - as often happens this hummer is driven off by another.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hummer/Bee in slo-mo; visiting

Fully booked this week.  Plenty more visiting dates, until sept 15 after which we permanently close, will be posted here soon. For more info, see the right-hand column of this blog.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

weekend and next week

Photo by Judy Lindo ( The flower is Canna.

We will be open to visitors (by appointment only, email your request with selected date/time and your first and last name to wed aug 16 am, pm,  (am = 10-12.30, pm = 3-5). Plenty more visiting dates, until sept 15 after which we permanently close, will be posted here soon.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

a tiny ruby

This boy is wearing just one tiny ruby on his throat.

No more availability for this week. Dates for the weekend and next week will be posted soon. Please see righthand panel of this blog for more details.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

visiting next week

photo from the sanctuary by Sung Kim. The flower is rosebud sage (Salvia involucrata "Bethellii"). The sanctuary will be open to visitors (by appointment only: paul.adams^ sunday aug 6 am, and tues, wed, (aug 8,9) am,pm, thur (aug 10) am and fri (aug 11) am (am = 10-12.30, pm = 3-5). Please see righthand panel of this blog for details.