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 (

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Still feeding her ravenous chicks; Hummingbirds are on their way to Long Island!

The chicks completely fill the nest now and their short black beaks stick out over the rim. Mme W spends almost all her time away from the nest hunting insects, and only returns, briefly, every quarter hour to feed her ravenous offspring. In a few days they might fledge

it's still rather early to put up feeders on Long Island . The best way to time it is to follow Lanny Chamber's migration map at
The front of the migrating wave has already reached North Carolina, and I expect it will reach Long Island around mid-april. Bear in mind that these are the initial arrivals - the main wave is several days later. The migration has been getting steadily earlier over the last 20 years as global warming starts to bite.

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