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 8, 2014

Too cool! Be sure of your appointment requests.

The above really cool image was snagged at the sanctuary yesterday morning by Bob Imoor. He used a 1/3200 shutter speed, which freezes the rapidly moving wing. It was taken without flash - the light on the front deck overlooking the Sound is very intense.

But the weather is too cool too! In particular the wind is from the north, and I suspect some of my hummers have taken off south on their annual migration, eventually to Central America. We saw rubythroats last year in Costa Rica at thanksgiving. When will summer (= warm weather) start?

Almost everyone is being very considerate and cooperative in sticking to our rules, making appointments, bringing waivers. Thanks, I appreciate it.  For the very very few who don't think rules apply to them, I suppose there's nothing I can say, except that your behavior makes it possible the sanctuary could close. But these folks don't even check the blog.

Plenty of available slots for appointments monday and wednesday next week, and more slots soon upcoming. But please check carefully that you will actually be able to come for your appointment before emailing your request: I'm getting a lot of cancellations, which involves unnecessary work particularly for me.

To end up with, here's a recent video.


  1. Hi Paul, I've emailed for an appt for 8/22 or23, 24 or 26th. Is it too soon to request those dates? My mother in law and my family are looking forward to a visit!

    1. Amy - you should only request a specific slot that has actually been posted at the blog as available, under "Visiting Slots". Sorry, I cannot keep track of requests for non slot days, and I cannot be certain more than a few days ahead that particular days will be available. When I'm sure that a given day will be available, I post the slot times. Please be patient, wait for a slot time that suits you to be posted, and then request that slot. Thanks! - Paul Adams