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, August 1, 2014

Quiet opening day; Salvia guaranitica

First, one more reminder that you MUST have an appointment (see right column of this blog) and current signed waiver to visit. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN APPOINTMENT YOU WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY AND YOUR JOURNEY WILL HAVE BEEN IN VAIN. This rule is being enforced strictly this year. In fairness to others, and to allow the sanctuary to continue, please respect this rule. Merely requesting an appointment is insufficient: you must have a confirmed appointment with a predated current waiver corresponding to your appointment slot. Currently available slots are posted to the right - more will be added soon.

It's been a typical nice quiet opening day with 3 cars this morning and 3 this afternoon. Everyone saw hummingbirds, including some nice chases - and the resident adult male is still around, though some of the juveniles are taking over part of his territory.

Here's a slo mo (8X) clip of a juvie feeding at Salvia guarantica (anise sage; ***). The most widely available version of this is "Black-and-Blue", which has black calyces at the flower base. However I prefer (though the birds don't) the regular species, with green calyces. Note the straight white band at the tip of the hummer's tail; the adult male has a forked tail and no white tip.

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