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, July 25, 2012

Open Dates/Times posted! Honeysuckles

Photo by Tom Pfeifer, taken in his garden

We will be open tomorrow afternoon thur july 26 from 3 to 5.30, and also friday morning (July 27) from 9.30 to 12.30. Activity has somewhat decreased compared to a few days ago (I was in Maine for 4 days), probably as a result of the cold front moving through yesterday evening. However, there are some hummers still around, and more should arrive soon. For information, directions and warnings please see Remember to wear sensible footware (NOT flipflops). Many more open dates will be posted, right up to the end of august - please see this blog for details. We post open dates on a rolling basis, taking account of weather, hummer action and our schedule. We are NOT open every day, and we always close 12.30 -3. We are sometimes open mornings (9.30 to 12.30) and sometimes afternoons (3-5.30) and sometimes both. We occasionally open for sunset.

The photo, by Tom Pfeifer taken in his garden, shows a hummer feeding at Coral Honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens. This is by far the best of the honeysuckles for hummingbirds, it's native to the North East, it's not aggressive but quite easy to grow, and it blooms throughout the time hummers are here (may to late september) I strongly recommend it. Japanese honeysuckle (L. japonica) is an invasive but pretty and sweet smelling weed which hummers use. Coral honeysuckle is not fragrant, and the flower stalks have the unusual feature of emerging from the middle of the leaf (see photo).

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