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 (

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

new vid; visiting slots posted; hummer cocaine; what's happening in court

Fred, who's still very active at the sanctuary. feeds at rosebud sage (Salvia involucrata) - one of the best hummingbird plants around. The variety at the sanctuary is "Bethelii", which grows taller than "Mulberry Jam', though it takes longer to start blooming. I get it from Beds and Borders, in Laurel, though I believe Long Island Hummingbird Plants, in Medford, also has it (along with the fabulous Pink Porterweed - hummer cocaine!).

I've at last been able to ok with my lawyer that we can go ahead and open to the public this august, on the same very limited basis as last year: you need to request an appointment for a specific time, chosen between the available "slots" posted on this blog (in the right hand column, next to this post). If your chosen slot is still available (and you should check this on the blog just before you send your request) you will be sent permission to visit AT THAT SPECIFIC date/time slot only, together with a Liability Waiver form that you must bring with you, and instructions for visiting (directions etc).
However it's still possible that Justice Tarantino (the judge in my case) might grant an injunction to prevent public visitation, in which case I will have to rescind your permission to visit.
Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of 6 cars in our parking lot. Therefore all your group must arrive in the same vehicle. When you ask for permission, please state the number of people who will be in your group, and bring a signed paper copy of the waiver for each person in the group. We cannot supply blank waiver forms at the sanctuary. If you arrive at the sanctuary with no permission and no signed waiver, you are trespassing and must leave initially.
Because of the 6 car limit for each morning or afternoon slot, it's vital that if you have a confirmed appointment but unexpectedly cannot come, you MUST notify me ASAP, so that another can occupy your slot. No-shows without prior notification will render you forever unwelcome at the sanctuary, and cancellations must be sent at least 4 hours ahead of your slot time.
The judge will be looking to see how orderly, well-regulated and well-behaved my visitors are this year, so please follow all the instructions that are sent with your confirmation!
Of course personal friends (and we both know who they are) are exempt from these rules, but even these must request and receive an appointment.

SUMMARY: request ONE specific available (i.e. POSTED) slot time, receive permission, waiver and instructions, and be sure to cancel if you cannot make your appointment. Requests for unavailable slots or more than 1 slot will be ignored.

I'll write about what happened in court in my next post.

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