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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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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.
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BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and the author of the Peterson Field Guide Young Birder’s 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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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.
Great reference, Great book!
You will NOT be disappointed! :). Joannie :)
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Excellent book on the subject. I looked at a friend's copy and had to have one of my own. Very satisfied.Published 7 days ago by Thom Watson
Great book with great illustrations as well! Great for kids any age.Published 16 months ago by Customer
Love this hummingbird and butterfly book. This book is informative and complete with good pictures. I would gladly buy itPublished on September 29, 2013 by Donna L. Loose
This book was so helpful. We are trying to attract more hummingbirds, and we followed the suggested plant information. Hopefully, next year there will be more than 3 birds.Published on October 17, 2012 by K. Dinkins