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 (

Sunday, September 1, 2013

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON; visiting only by appointment

We are now (as of sunday sept 1) closed for the season. We will re-open in august 2014. However, a few slots are available for visits by appointment. ONLY NEW VISITORS (i.e. no previous visit this year; past years ok)  WITH WAIVERS. NO VISITING OUTSIDE OF THESE TIMES and then ONLY IF YOU RECEIVE EXPLICIT PERSONAL APPROVAL BY EMAIL FOR YOUR PARTICULAR REQUESTED TIME (print out my email to you and bring please). NOT transferable to other times. YOU MUST STATE IN YOUR REQUEST (title your email "Slot Request") THE NAMES of all your  accompanying car passengers and  your car license plate number. INDICATE THOSE WHO HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY WALKING so we can make appropriate arrangements. ALL VISITS SHOULD LAST NO LONGER THAN 1 1/2 hours. AM slots start the trail prompt at 10, pm slots prompt at 3; you should arrive a bit before your slot time. No late-comers please.

AVAILABLE SLOT TIMES: sept 2 pm only, sept 3 am/pm, sept 6 pm only. Email me your first 2 slot choices if you want a slot, giving the names and walking ability of all members of your party.Thanks.

Hummers activity will remain good at least until mid-september, and we can also take private photography, birding or gardening groups at pre-arranged, limited times. Such groups must have a minimum of 8 members. Please email me to arrange a group visit.

I thank all my visitors and blog readers for their interest, respect and enthusiasm this year. While it's not been a great year either in terms of hummer activity, or smooth operation, I think that all visitors saw hummingbirds, and enjoyed coming. I've received and greatly appreciated many nice emails and other comments. The blog will continue until all the hummers depart further south, around mid-october, or until I run out of new photos, so PLEASE KEEP up the flow of photos! There will be occasional posts about significant hummer events on Long Island (and check out my posts back in february this year for great photos of a local overwintering rufous hummingbird).

If you have a correctly completed (signature, printed name, date) waiver on file, this remains valid for next year.  I will generate a list of the names of those for whom I have a waiver on file, and if you find your name on this list, no further waivers need be filed for future visits (e.g. august 2014). Even if you filed a waiver but cannot find your name on the list, you will need to complete a new waiver next year.
This will be freely available online and at the sanctuary itself. If you have requested but not yet received waiver access permission, I will be sending emails apologizing; no more waiver access permissions will be granted this year since we are now CLOSED. Waiver access will be universal next year.

Today's photo is another by Joe Maggio.

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