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 (

Thursday, March 20, 2014

fledgling update; rock-a-by-baby

Paul, the second-fledged of Gumbo's chicks, is still (8.15 this morning) hanging out in his natal tree, though considerably more mobile than yesterday. Gumbo is still feeding him. But it's increasingly difficult to film, because he's high up and concealed by leaves and berries. In the mean time, here's a video of the 2 twins in the nest, from a few days ago. It was quite windy, because a (rather weak and disorganized) cold front was approaching from the north, which brought a brief but welcome rain shower a day later. Paul on the left, Claire on the right.

Noon Update: Paul is moving about in the tree a lot, but Gumbo is still feeding him, though she has to search a bit. Yesterday afternoon I noticed that Gumbo was also chasing away a hummer that seemed to want to return to the nest-tree. I suspect she was chasing off Claire, the first fledged, sort of saying "I need to focus on the smaller one now, and you need to start finding your own food". At noon today I was also seeing her chasing 2 hummingbirds in the nearby trees, possibly Claire and Paul. But at this point unless I see her actually feeding a bird, it will be increasingly difficult to distinguish Gumbo, Claire, Paul and all the hummingbirds that call Calypso home.

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