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 (

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fattening Up!

The rubythroat typically doubles its weight (from 2 to 4 grams; 2 pennies weigh 3 grams) prior to migration.He converts the sugar he eats to brown adipose tissue primarily around the belly. Indeed, some get so heavy they have slight difficulty taking off, like an overloaded plane. However all this extra weight will be burned off during the epic flight across the Gulf of Mexico (of which more later).
The first photo, by Doug MacLean, shows a hummer feeding at the skyblue flowers of Salvia uliginosa (bog sage). The second shows a general view west with bogsage and mullein spires, and the large faded white flower of Datura.

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