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, August 21, 2011

Open Today But Only New Visitors 9.30-12.30 and 3-6

Despite the iffy weather, we will be open today from 9.30 to 12.30 and 3 to 6 but only to those who have not yet visited this year (unless you bring a carload of hummingbird enthusiasts with you). We are closed 12.30 - 3. Please consult for directions and instructions. Intermittent rain will not deter hummers from feeding, and you can take some shelter under the front porch or in the front cabin overlooking the Sound.  Updates will be posted at this blog. We should be open most of next week; details will be posted here.
Yesterday's Audubon and photography groups saw lots of high speed chases in good, humid, conditions. I also installed the new arched bridge over the beech roots at the entrance to the woodland path. At some point I plan to paint it unmistakable Japanese-red!
The photo, by Aram, shows a hummer approaching Salvia uliginosa and S. involucrata (sky-blue bog sage and rosebay sage). The tall delicate bog sage spires are surprisingly resistant to the windy conditions at the blufftop - indeed, in more sheltered conditions they tend to sprawl and flop. When in seed they also attract goldfinches. However, the hummers prefer S. guarantica and S. involucrata.

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