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 10, 2013

Bee Balm; Volunteers?

The beautiful image below was taken by Melissa Hahn at her hummingbird garden in a wooded part of Wading River. She has a male hummingbird patrolling her yard, and visits from a couple of females. She also has an excellent camera, which she knows how to use! In the picture the male is feeding at bee balm, an excellent hummingbird plants. However, for some reason (too dry?) is does not do well at the sanctuary. Maybe I should try again.

I appear to have at least 2 juveniles, who are vying over the flowers in front of the front cabin, and an adult male, who seems to have ceded that area to them, and often perches near the rear cabin. And it's still very early in the season!

Several kind people have volunteered to help with feeders and watering, but because there's always lots to do, I'm hoping for a few more volunteers (if you have never visited before you would need to come out here in the next few days to see what's involved). Please email me ( if you would like to help.

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