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, August 21, 2013

open today wednesday but only to those bringing waivers; about waivers; finding the sanctuary

We are open today (wed) am and pm (9.30-12.30 and 3-5.30) BUT ONLY TO THOSE WHO BRING COMPLETED WAIVERS. If you have not yet received your waiver form, please be patient, permission will arrive soon, and there will be plenty more opportunities to visit. NO WAIVERS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SANCTUARY ITSELF - you must bring it with you.

You can do everyone and yourself (healthwise) a favor by parking in the Riverhead Town Sound Ave Preserve lot and hiking up Terry Farm Road to the sanctuary. The lot immediately east of the start of Terry Farm Rd, and accessed from Sound Ave. The hike up to the sanctuary is around a half mile, and quite pleasant. This will leave spare places in the sanctuary's own lot for those who cannot hike.

GOOD WALKERS WITH WAIVERS ONLY TODAY PLEASE! We are open today am (9.30-12.30) and pm (3-5.30) but ONLY to those who already have, and bring, a signed waiver, and who can safely take the WOODLAND PATH (starting at the yellow mini bridge).  If you are OLD, SICK, INFIRM, UNFIT, HEAVY or ARE WEARING UNSUITABLE SHOES, please email me for special arrangements for your visit. This new restriction has  been requested by the Town of Riverhead on a temporary basis. More about these evolving developments to follow, and below and previous posts.

I have now approved about 250 waivers, all those up to about 1.07 pm aug 17. I hope to approve all those up to the end of aug 18 this morning. Please be patient! And don't make multiple requests: it merely slows up the process. REQUESTS ARE BEING APPROVED IN ORDER OF RECEIPT.
I have to ration waivers to keep the number of visitors to a reasonable level, so the capacity of the parking lot is never exceeded. The flow of request is ongoing, but I hope that everyone who wants to visit will be able to do so before we close at the end of august. After that date only visits by mutual private arrangement are possible.
PLEASE ONLY MAKE ONE VISIT THIS YEAR, SO AS TO LET NEWBIES SEE THE SANCTUARY. Next year things should settle down to a more normal level, like that we have had over almost all of the last 15 years.

The Google Map shows exactly where we are, but you need to study it carefully, particularly because someone has now removed the "Terry Farm Road" sign, in an effort to confuse visitors.

Today's picture was taken recently by Tom Pfeifer. The hummer is sitting on a bud of golden trumpet creeper (Campsis radicand "Flava")

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