Dale Henderson called this evening to report a Buff-bellied Hummingbird in her garden at Cedar Key. She's amenable to having visitors, just so long as they close the gate behind them to prevent her chicken (!) from getting away. Cedar Key is on the Gulf Coast west of Gainesville, at the end of SR-24. You'll cross two longish bridges and one short one, and I think it's after the short one that you should see the convenience store on your right. Turn right just before the store - there's a sign directing you to the airport - and follow the road as it curves left around the tidal flat and then right around the school. When you come to a T intersection (a sign will point left to the airport), turn right and continue to the stop sign at the end of the road - for all those familiar with Cedar Key, this is the stop sign past the cemetery. This is another T. The road in front of you is called Hodges something-or-other. Turn left, and after a couple hundred feet you'll see a purple martin house on your right, at Andrews Circle. Dale's house is on the corner across from the purple martin house. The bird was nectaring in the firespike today. No need to announce your presence. Walk right in. But remember the chicken, and shut the gate. Always remember the chicken. Words to live by. If my directions are too confusing, go to mapblast.com and ask it to make you a map for Andrews Circle at Cedar Key. Rex Rowan 2041 NE 15th Terrace Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 371-9296 [log in to unmask] Everyone should have a hobby; I however prefer an obsession.