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, February 21, 2014

Egg and Tongue

This photo, taken yesterday, shows that Gumbo has built up the edges of the nest after it was squished by Winter Storm Leon, so that both eggs are now much deeper (only one is visible in this image). The following movie shows Gumbo sitting quietly on the nest. Around the middle of the sequence, she flicks out her tongue a few times, a bit like a snake. Notice there's a bit of pollen stuck near the bill tip. There's a big Ixora bush, with red flowers, close to the nest, where Gumbo often feeds during short breaks from incubation. I'll try to get film of her feeding there.

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