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Hummingbirds and Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides/Bird Watcher's Digest Backyard Bird Guides) Paperback – April 21, 2011

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Two of the best-known names in birding—Peterson and Bird Watcher’s Digest—team up again to provide expert advice on attracting, feeding, and identifying hummingbirds and butterflies.
Hummingbirds and butterflies are some of the most beautiful visitors to a backyard, but they can also be some of the most elusive. This second collaboration between the Peterson Field Guide series and Bird Watcher’s Digest includes tips on how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to backyards—and how to identify them once they’ve arrived. Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops have decades of firsthand experience and have written the book in a fun, lighthearted style, providing both amateur and veteran nature watchers with need-to-know information, including where hummingbirds and butterflies live, what they eat, and the best garden plants to attract them. The species profiles of the 15 most common hummingbirds and 40 most common butterflies serve as a field guide, showing ranges, identifying marks, and preferred habitats. Full-color photographs and detailed drawings make attracting, identifying, and feeding these colorful creatures a snap.

BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and the author many birding books, including The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of Eastern North America and Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges.

CONNIE TOOPS is a nature writer and photographer who frequently travels the country speaking about birding, wildlife gardening, and nature photography. She has written nine previous books on birds.

About the Author

BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and the author of the Peterson Field Guide Young Birders Guide to Birds of Eastern North America along with many other books. He lives with his wife, author and illustrator Julie Zickefoose, and their two children in Ohio.

CONNIE TOOPS is a nature writer and photographer with more than thirty years of experience documenting natural history subjects. She is the author/principal photographer of nine nature books and she frequently travels the country speaking on birding, wildlife gardening, and nature photography subjects.

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Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides/Bird Watcher's Digest Backyard Bird Guides (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061890445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618904457
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nature lovers that want to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to their garden will prize this book offered by Peterson Field Guides and Bird Watchers Digest. Page after page is filled with stunning photos and fascinating facts about these winged creatures. The authors, Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops, provide the perfect narrative to accompany the pictures. I keep this beautiful volume on the coffee table at all times!
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This new guide is full of beautiful photos, pithy advice, and interesting facts that will capture, but not tax, the attention of those enthusiasts whose enthusiasms stop at the garden gate.

As its title suggests, the book is divided almost equally into two sections, each comprising an introduction to the group of organisms under discussion, detailed pointers on how to observe and attract them, and species accounts (with portraits and range maps) for 15 hummingbirds and some three dozen butterflies. The authors' prose is simple and inviting, and many readers will be grateful for their pausing to define anything approaching a technical term, such as "ecology."

Errors and infelicities are very few, but the bibliography's omission of Steve Howell's photographic guide is simply unfathomable.

While the book's hummingbird section is able to treat all of the US and Canada's common species, comprehensiveness is obviously out of reach for the butterflies. The solution is a happy one: the book introduced nine groups of "kindred" species, letting even tyros narrow the choices. The 35 or so common species accorded individual treatment all have large ranges, some nearly continent-wide, others widespread in the east or in the west.

Many birders and butterfliers who will keep this book on the windowsill or in the sunroom, sharing it--and the pleasure it brings--with their children and grandchildren. I can't think of a better way to spend a warm summer's afternoon.
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For anyone looking to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to their backyard, this book is a wonderful resource. The color pictures are beautiful and the book is very user friendly. In both the butterfly and hummingbird sections, the authors divide the US into regions and give information specific to that region divided by Annuals, Perennials, Vines and Trees. The book is an easy read and thoroughly enjoyable. I heartily recommend this book.
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Wow...this book is AMAZING!! For the price I was sure that it would be great, but was still a little hesitant. But, my love for nature got in the way of things, and I ordered this book. I am SOO glad that I did, too, because of the bright, vivid pictures, fact-finding pages and a card for two free magazines! This book has TONS of information, as well as beautiful photographs with just the right touch of light and color, along with a little butterfly guide at the back! LOVE THIS BOOK!
Keith Elizabeth
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My husband bought this book because he is a woodworker and carver since he retired!!! he uses color on his carvings!!! the colors in this book are excellent!

Great reference, Great book!
You will NOT be disappointed! :). Joannie :)
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The information in this book is presented in a simple and straightforward manner. Yet it is highly informative and provides much practical information for observers and gardeners looking to create a friendly habitat for these animals. Even for those interested in photographing these beautiful creatures, this book offers some practical advice. The images are superb and the writing is succinct, direct, and entertaining. This book belongs on every birder's and amateur lepidopterist's shelf.
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Excellent Book! Very informative, I am happy to have it in my Library. I would advise anyone who is trying to get quality Humming Bird Images to pick this up.
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