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 (

Friday, August 23, 2013

Open today (waiver required) am,pm; Ambulatory Status

Because of the evolving situation with the Town and neighbors, I need some good legal advice. In the past, because of similar issues, and at considerable expense, I retained the services of the best local law firm and received much useful advice. However, in order to minimize further expense, it would be wonderful if one of my nice visitors might know of (or even be) a lawyer willing to help the sanctuary survive on a reduced or even pro bono basis. Please email me if you have suggestions!

WAIVER UPDATE: all requests made before aug 20 have now been approved. If you requested your waiver after midnight aug 19 please be patient. Note that when your request has been approved you will receive an email that the document is now available to you. If you have requested a waiver but have not yet received sharing permission, please don't re-apply - your request will be processed soon.

We are open today friday aug 23 9.30-12.30 and 3-5.30. However YOU MUST BRING A SIGNED WAIVER: no waivers are issued at the sanctuary, and WITHOUT A WAIVER YOU CANNOT VISIT. Please no repeat visits this year. You must be able to walk well and safely follow the narrow, hilly, uneven Woodland Path starting at the yellow minibridge. DO NOT ENTER VIA either the dirt or blacktopped driveway. Please note that waivers are currently being rationed; if you have requested a waiver approval will arrive soon. If you have any difficulty walking, please contact me about a private visit.

Please consider parking in the Sound Ave Preserve lot just east of the entrance from Sound Ave to Terry Farm Rd, and walking the pleasant 0.5 miles up to the sanctuary. This will provide parking space for others in the sanctuary lot, and will allow you stay as long as you like. If you park in the sanctuary lot and see that we are busy, please limit your visit to a 1/2 hour.

In the past we have directed visitors who are good walkers to the Woodland Path unless they have difficulty walking. However, on a temporary basis we are now directing ALL VISITORS to the Woodland Path, regardless of their "ambulatory status". This path is narrow, steep, uneven and can be slippery; do not visit if you have any doubt about your ability to walk this path safely.

Today's photo was taken recently by Grover Whitehurst. The hummer is approaching "Mulberry Jam" salvia, a favorite.

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