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 (

Monday, August 19, 2013

Open Today Monday am and pm; bring required signed waiver; hike to sanctuary

We are open today monday aug 19 9.30-12.30 and 3.30-6 (note the afternoon time is slightly later than normal). You must bring a printed already filled-out waiver. If you have requested a waiver but not yet received permission, don't worry, it will arrive in the next day or too, and we will still have plenty of openings.  If it rains you can shelter in the front cabin or under the porch.
The photo is by George Decamp, and shows a hummer approaching a trumpet vine blossom. Most trumpet vine flowers are orange-red, but this variety, "Flava", is golden. I only rate this at 2 stars (out of a max of 5), even though trumpet vine is traditionally held to be an excellent hummingbird plant. It seems to be quite tricky for the birds to accessthe nectar: they have to cling to the lower lip and poke ther whole head inside. George came yesterday morning with the Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island ("NWPLI") for a dedicated session with tripods allowed. We do not allow tripods for public openings.
The hike up to the sanctuary (about a half mile) from the Riverhead Sound Ave Preserve parking lot at the beginning of Terry Farm Road is very pleasant and will provide more space in the sanctuary's own lot.


  1. Thank you. The property is beautiful and we managed to see a few hummingbirds despite it being a slow day for them.

  2. Activity picked up somewhat in the afternoon. I think the north wind in the morning caused some birds to depart southwards. - paul