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, July 28, 2014

First visiting slots posted; perched hummers difficult to spot

We have started to post "visiting slots" - dates/times in august when you can visit (by appointment only) the sanctuary and garden (see to the right of this post for details). We will be adding slots throughout august, but some days we will be closed, for example because an organized private group (birders, photographers, gardeners) is visiting.
Hummers spend a lot of time perching, to conserve energy and to watch the patch  of flowers or feeders they are guarding as their own. A perched hummer can be very difficult to spot: the green back blends with the leaves, and the silver underside with the sky (and tends to reflect the surrounding colors). Usually one has to either see the bird fly to the perch, or know where a favorite perch is situated. The following 2 videos show how difficult they are to spot. The first video starts with the bird dead center, and zooms out to show the flower bed he/she is guarding. The second video zooms back in but the bird is no longer dead center and it's quite difficult to spot him until one is very close, even though one knows roughly where he is.

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