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 27, 2014

visiting soon over; males, old and young; Lady Di update; noise meeting

Best availability: thursday afternoon 3-5.30. We will be closing at the end of the month. We will be probably open for at least 2 slots at the weekend but details are not yet finalized. Meanwhile if you want to visit this year, try to make one of the available (posted) slots (see to the right).

Although we are now in full swing migration, and the adult males are the first to leave, we still have at least one at the sanctuary, photographed yesterday afternoon  by Bridgette Kistinger:

Bridgette also snapped a young male, with a single "drop of blood" on the throat (just one adult gorget feather poking though):

The juvenile males will develop a full set of brilliant red gorget feathers on their wintering grounds in Central America.

Lady Di's chick in Manorville continues to grow rapidly. Here's a nice view showing the chick's stubby beak poking above the top of the nest, and the brilliant green lichen that decorates the nest and blends in with the lichen on the oak twig supporting it.

Here's another view showing the chick completely filling the nest.

Thanks Dominick Gerace for these pictures.

Reminder: there's a very important meeting in East Hampton tonight (LTV Studios, 75 Industrial Rd, Wainscott at 6.30). See the Quiet Skies Facebook page for more info. Big money aviation interests are already mobilizing to intimidate the EH Town Board, many of whom were recently democratically elected to regain local control of their airport. 

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