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“Unique Place”

Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary
East Marion, New York
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72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Unique Place”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

If you are interested in seeing a hummingbird sanctuary, one exists in Riverhead near the Lobster Roll restaurant. It's a great place to bring kids, or have a bit of serenity from a bluff overlooking the Sound. You should try to see this place this summer, because a few mega mansion landowners are suing to close the preserve. Unfortunately the Town of Riverhead seems to be supporting the suit and is more interested in creating low paying jobs and mega malls than preserving this unique ecological niche. Check out Facebook for more info. Bring good walking shoes and be prepared for hilly terrain.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Mike G
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Brookhaven, New York
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Bring a Good Camera”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

The website said to park in the parking lot on the main road. It was about a 1/2 mile walk on a dirt road to get to the Sanctuary. Then it was a trail in the woods that was nicely marked. Wear good shoes!

For much more detailed information than I can provide here, for days and hours of operation and directions to the sanctuary, please go to their website: Long Island Hummer and/or their blog: The Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is owned, run and cared for selflessly by the very generous Professor Paul Adams of Stony Brook University. He was there to answer questions and he also provided info books. It is a several acre parcel of land that sits in Baiting Hollow on top of a cliff overlooking Long Island sound. It was perfect sitting in one of the many chairs looking at the sound, the Trumpet Vines, Salvias and feeders. I saw many Hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees. There was a cliff side garden, a tiny cottage to enjoy inside and out, a shaded meadow and a zig zag path to the beach. Stay quiet and take lots of photos.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Susieque052
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Northport, NY
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just Wonderful!!”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

This was our 2nd visit to the sanctuary this afternoon and the hummingbird activity was simply incredible. Complete with lush gardens rich with salvia and trumpet vines to attract the birds, along with the glamorous views of Long Island Sound, this is one of the more exotic offerings on the Island. Add to it the wonderful explanations as to what taking place around you via the sanctuary’s owner and curator, Dr. Paul Adams, it makes one appreciate the wonders of Mother Nature. Everything about the setting transports you to a mystical Eden. Be prepared to do some simple hiking through winding trails, and bring your signed waivers and a plant or a chair as a donation.

Visited August 2013
8 Thank Greg C
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East Patchogue, New York
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Todays Visit”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Worth the walk! Alot of patience is required if you want to see hummingbirds.The best viewing time is early in morning on weekdays. Opens at 9:30am. Parking is limited and as the place becomes more crowded, there is less chance of seeing the birds.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Charlene S
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Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
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347 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“The view is breathtaking”
Reviewed 22 October 2012

Love to go to see all the birds. It is so breathtaking you will be amazed. There is quite a walk from you car to get to sanctuary. But we'll worth the hike.

Visited August 2012
Thank Ginger L
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