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, May 13, 2015

Paul's favorite perch; what's in flower?

My last 2 posts have feature's Fred's favorite perch at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary. Funnily enough my favorite perch looks out over the same wonderful view - what I call the western valley, really a more a dell or dingle (in Scotland a glen). But it's not on a thin dead twig at the top of a 50 foot maple, but instead at the northwest corner of the front deck of the front cabin "Seagull Lodge". This spot overlooks both the full extent of the little wooded valley that runs in a southerly direction, and also Long Island Sound 150 feet below - all the way from Old Field Point 25 miles to the west, and Orient Point 25 miles to the east, encompassing the widest part of the Sound. In the usual humidity of summer one cannot (rather thankfully) see the coast and mountains of Connecticut. Furthermore one cannot see another house anywhere in view! From this position I can sometimes see hummingbird mating dances, for which it's a preferred location. And of course the spring and summer sunsets are spectacular. Of course I'm not really looking for potential mates, just enjoying the unrivaled (at least on Long Island) panorama. Here are 2 quick vids.

And here are some videos featuring some of the things that were blooming at the sanctuary yesterday, of which the native columbine Aquilegia canadensis is the best hummer flower. I'm currently in Stony Brook (morning duties at the University and a shopping trip to Ikea with Claire to pick up some Applaro garden seats for the sanctuary and a new bright red sofa for Stony Brook) and taking advantage of the much better bandwidth here to upload movies to YouTube.

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