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 14, 2013

Open this wednesday afternoon. Silke's Dream; Hiking to the Sanctuary; Open Next Week

We are open this wednesday afternoon, 3-5.30!
The above photo was taken by Dick Solo on monday. The hummer is feeding at "Silke's Dream" a hybrid of S. microphylla and S. darcyi. It's worth getting for the name alone, but it's also a quite a good hummingbird plant - I have not decided whether it rates 2 or 3 stars.
We should be open every day next week, both am and pm (i.e. 9.30-12.30 and 3 - 5.30) and I should have cleared the backlog of waiver requests by then. However, we request that those who have already visited this week wait until the following week to re-visit. But, as always, please check the blog before you set off to confirm we are open, and of course bring a signed waiver.
We will be closed sunday, saturday am and friday pm (private organized groups are coming), but probably open fri am, and possibly thursday too. CHECK THE BLOG!
You can do everyone and yourself (healthwise) a favor by parking in the Riverhead Town Sound Ave Nature Preserve lot when you visit, and hiking up Terry Farm Road to the sanctuary. The lot is 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 beautiful. This will leave spare places in the sanctuary's own lot for those who cannot hike.


  1. It appears that I need permission to view the google doc. Could you also post as a PDF or make available in some other way? I requested access, but that's a lot for you to have to manage.

    1. Your request will be approved soon - you will soon receive an email. Currently, in the wake of the Newsday article, we have too many visitors and are limiting the issuing of waivers. Requests for waivers are being handled in the order they are received, and are being rationed. Don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to visit this season. - Paul