The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds

Author: David Wentworth Lazaroff

Publisher: Treasure Chest Books

ISBN: 9781886679009

Category: Nature

Page: 22

View: 348

This book covers many of the different kinds of hummingbirds found in North America, and their life-cycle.
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The Hummingbird Book

The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying,and Enjoying Hummingbirds

Author: Donald Stokes,Lillian Stokes

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031604847X

Category: Nature

Page: 89

View: 5889

Attract amazing hummingbirds to your backyard! With this comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide, you'll find it easy to attract these tiny jewel-like birds to your own yard. The Stokes Hummingbird Book provides all the information you need to bring hummingbirds up close, identify them, and understand their fascinating and varied behavior. The book includes: * Range maps and full-color photographs to help you identify and locate hummingbirds * Information on how to select the proper feeders, what to use in them, when to put them up, and when to take them down * Advice on what flowers to plant to attract hummingbirds in your part of the country * Amazing facts about hummingbirds, such as how fast they fly and how much they weigh * Guidelines for photographing hummingbirds * Complete information on hummingbird behavior, including flight displays, breeding habits, and feeding * A special section on attracting orioles, with photographs and behavior guides for each of the eight species found in North America * A resource list for hummingbird supplies.
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A Hummingbird in My House

The Story of Squeak

Author: Arnette Heidcamp

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0517577291

Category: Nature

Page: 116

View: 2357

An account of Squeak, a young ruby-throated hummingbird, chronicles the bird's rescue, its daily activities and behavior, its growth to maturity in the author's indoor garden, and its eventual release back into the wild
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A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America

Author: Sheri Williamson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618024964

Category: Nature

Page: 263

View: 8455

A comprehensive guide to North America's thirty-one species of hummingbirds explains how to identify the various species and provides detailed notes on plumages, behaviors, habitats, migration, and breeding and wintering distributions, as well as tips on attracting and feeding these birds. Simultaneous.
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Hummingbirds of Texas

with Their New Mexico and Arizona Ranges

Author: Clifford E. Shackelford,C. Mark Klym,Madge M. Lindsay

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623490812

Category: Nature

Page: 112

View: 8946

Written for a general audience, with spectacular images for birders and nature enthusiasts at every level, Hummingbirds of Texas reveals the enormous appeal of this tiniest and shiniest of birds. The book opens with a look at the many manifestations of the human attraction to these flying jewels. • The Hummingbird Roundup, a citizen-science project run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has recruited hundreds of people to feed hummingbirds and record their activities throughout the state.• The Rockport–Fulton Hummer/Bird Celebration, one of several festivals dedicated to hummingbirds, draws thousands of people each fall to the Texas coast where birds gather in huge numbers before migrating south.• Bird-loving landowners invite the public to enjoy hummingbirds that live and breed on their ranches.• Tips make attracting hummingbirds to your own lawn or garden easy, such as what to plant in the ground or in pots and how to choose and take care of feeders. The authors then showcase the nineteen different hummingbird species that have appeared in the region covered by the book. Magnificent color photographs and original artwork aid in identification and accompany descriptions, range maps, and abundance graphs for each species. Birds featured:Allen's Hummingbird • Anna's Hummingbird • Berylline HummingbirdBlack-chinned Hummingbird • Blue-throated HummingbirdBroad-billed Hummingbird • Broad-tailed Hummingbird • Buff-belliedHummingbird • Calliope Hummingbird • Costa's HummingbirdGreen-breasted Mango • Green Violet-ear • Lucifer HummingbirdMagnificent Hummingbird • Plain-capped Starthroat • Ruby-throatedHummingbird • Rufous Hummingbird • Violet-crowned HummingbirdWhite-eared Hummingbird
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 150116631X

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4377

A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
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Hummingbirds of North America

The Photographic Guide

Author: Steve N. G. Howell

Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers, Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Hummingbirds

Page: 219

View: 4517

This book is the first ever, comprehensive photographic guide to the identification of all 24 species of hummingbirds to be seen as breeders or vagrants in North America.. For all their startling colours, the speed of hummingbird flight and the often drab coloration of females and immatures make this group especially difficult to deal with in the field. The simple field marks are often poorly lit, hard to spot, or simply not shown by any particular individual under observation. But accurate identification of these popular and beautiful birds brings both real satisfaction and a welcome challenge to most birders. Steve Howell, a well-known and respected bird tour leader and author, has made a particular study of the finer points of hummingbird recognition and has specially chosen over 200 stunning photographs to complement the information given in his text. Some species feature as many as 14 photographs. A detailed introduction covers the basics of hummingbird anatomy and plumage variation, allowing the observer to effectively focus on points that are of value in the field. New field marks are provided and old myths dispelled in this ground breaking and essential new guide. Key Features * Contains up to 14 full-color photos for each species, with detailed photo captions * Detailed introduction covers fundatmentals of hummingbird identification, including discussions of anatomy, plumage variation, and molt * Comprehensive species accounts describe all plumages, compare similar species in depth, and discuss voice, displays, behavior, geographic range, and seasonal distribution * Emphasizes difficult to identify plumages, such as females and immatures * Features 200 stunning photos picked specifically to show identification criteria
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Hummingbirds of North America

Attracting, Feeding, and Photographing

Author: Dan True

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826315724

Category: Nature

Page: 221

View: 4330

Provides detailed information on each of the sixteen species, includes maps showing where the species can be spotted, and discusses how to photograph hummingbirds in flight
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Stokes Beginner's Guide to Hummingbirds

Author: Donald Stokes,Lillian Stokes

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316816953

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 1275

A pocket-size, brilliantly colorful, simple-to-use guide tohummingbirds, containing dozens of full-color photographs that enable readers of all ages to identify the most common species; range maps; tips on attracting hummingbirds, information on habitat needs, life cycle, food preferences; and much more.
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The Complete Book of Hummingbirds

Author: Tony Tilford

Publisher: Thunder Bay Press

ISBN: 9781626863880

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 9706

A fascinating reference guide to nature's "jewels in flight." Often called "jewels in flight" due to their brilliant plumage, the tiny hummingbird is a welcome friend in gardens and on patios everywhere. These fascinating little avians have long captured our imagination with their spectacular beauty and magical ability to hover in midair. Discover these remarkable little birds in the Complete Book of Hummingbirds by Tony Tilford. This is the ultimate reference guide to hummingbirds, featuring a comprehensive overview of the birds' biology, evolution, behavior, breeding, and migration patterns. You'll be awestruck by the amazing updated collection of full-color photographs depicting hummingbirds in flight and at rest in the Gallery of Hummingbirds. Learn how to attract hungry hummingbirds to your garden! Discover the kinds of plants and flowers that they love to visit, and how to create artificial feeding stations by making your own hummingbird food. From Woodnymphs and Mountain-Gems to Plovercrests and Hillstars, this thorough book describes all the hummingbirds of the world, and includes a helpful reference section, complete with a glossary and recommended websites for further reading.
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A Summer of Hummingbirds

Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain , Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade

Author: Christopher Benfey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440629536

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 8584

The country's most noted writers, poets, and artists converge at a singular moment in American life, a great companion to fans of the film A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson. At the close of the Civil War, the lives of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade intersected in an intricate map of friendship, family, and romance that marked a milestone in the development of American art and literature. Using the image of a flitting hummingbird as a metaphor for the gossamer strands that connect these larger-than-life personalities, Christopher Benfey re-creates the summer of 1882, the summer when Mabel Louise Todd-the protégé to the painter Heade-confesses her love for Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin, and the players suddenly find themselves caught in the crossfire between the Calvinist world of decorum, restraint, and judgment and a new, unconventional world in which nature prevails and freedom is all. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Hummingbirds

A Guide to Every Species

Author: Michael Fogden,Marianne Taylor,Sheri L. Williamson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062306405

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 3271

Hummingbirds have always held popular appeal, with their visual brilliance, extraordinary flight dexterity, jewel-like color, and remarkably small size. This is the first book to profile all 338 known species, from the Saw-billed Hermit to the Scintillant Hummingbird. Every bird is shown life-size in glorious full-color photographs. Every species profile includes a flight map and key statistics, as well as information about behavior, plumage, and habitat. This authoritative guide has been annotated by the world's leading experts on hummingbirds and features a foreword by renowned birding author Pete Dunne.
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The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

Author: Celeste Fletcher McHale

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718034236

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 8529

“Why won’t you just tell me what’s in that cake?” I’d been trying to get Laine’s recipe for years. We all had. When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake. In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see. In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way.
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Fastest Things on Wings

Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

Author: Terry Masear

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544416031

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 505

A leading hummingbird-rehabilitation therapist describes her work with dozens of remarkable varieties, including one bird that collided with a limousine before learning how to fly again.
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Hummingbirds

Facts and Folklore from the Americas

Author: Jeanette Larson

Publisher: Charlesbridge

ISBN: 1607342723

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 8342

Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures that have captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. Since they are only found in the Americas, the myths and legends about this tiny bird originated from the peoples of North and South America. These native cultures wrote stories to offer explanations for the behavior and physical characteristics of this graceful species: Why does the hummingbird drink nectar? What accounts for its amazing flying abilities? Why is the hummingbird attracted to the color red? Jeannette Larson and Adrienne Yorinks have compiled facts and folklore about these intriguing fliers that will answer these questions and many more. Readers will also get a glimpse into the different cultures that have been transfixed for centuries by this bird, as well as learn many interesting scientific facts discovered by modern-day ornithologists. Adrienne?s bold and unique mixed-media quilts illustrate the hummingbird in nature and the mystery of these birds in ancient folklore. Substantial back matter includes an index, a glossary of terms, suggested further reading and websites, a bibliography, sources, resources, and a list of hummingbird sanctuaries.
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The Hummingbirds of North America, Second Edition

Author: Paul A. Johnsgard

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press

ISBN: 9781935623885

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 8707

Swift and iridescent, hummingbirds are found only in the New World, and encompass an amazing variety of specializations. No other family of birds can lay claim to so many superlatives, including smallest size, most rapid wingbeat, and most specialized plumages. While many species can be attracted to feeding stations and backyard flower gardens, others can be found only in the wild. Paul A. Johnsgard's Hummingbirds of North America is the only book devoted to the identification, distribution, and biology -- both individual and comparative -- of all hummingbirds that breed in North America. First published in 1983, this acclaimed volume now has been revised and expanded to include twenty-five Mexican species, such as the long-billed starthroat and the fork-tailed emeralds, thereby more than doubling the species coverage of the original edition. Full species-by-species accounts survey the evolutionary history, anatomical and physiological specializations, and comparative ecology, behavior, and reproductive biology of this largest family of nonpasserine birds. Individual accounts are complemented by 24 full-color paintings. Including updated range maps, identification keys, and a bibliography that has been broadened to include literature on the little-known Mexican species, the book is both accessible to amateur birders and an authoritative volume for ornithologists.
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Hummingbirds, Their Life and Behavior

A Photographic Study of the North American Species

Author: Esther Quesada Tyrrell

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 212

View: 1659

More than 230 full-color photographs of North American hummingbirds at every stage of life and in all characteristic behavior patterns are accompanied by a text summarizing all available scientific information on hummingbirds
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The Art of Hummingbird Gardening

How to Make Your Backyard into a Beautiful Home for Hummingbirds

Author: Mathew Tekulsky

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1632209020

Category: Gardening

Page: 176

View: 1669

This book is devoted solely to hummingbird gardening and is a practical guide to cultivating flowers and other plants that will attract the hummingbirds of North America to your home and garden. You will be able to grow flowers in profusion and provide nectar for these smallest of birds, which hover on fast-beating wings while they drink from flowers including pink Chinese lantern, bladderpod, woolly blue curls, scarlet sage, penstemon, columbine, long strips of fuschia, and many others. The Hummingbird Garden is packed with pertinent information, from a description of what hummingbird gardening is all about to how hummingbirds can be conserved and protected. Tekulsky explains the extraordinary way hummingbirds live and behave, the regions they inhabit throughout the year, and their migrating habits. He discusses how to start your own garden by recommending what to plant and then outlines what interesting events will take place in it. The valuable appendixes give complete information on hummingbird and plant varieties, bird and conservation organizations, and mail-order sources, as well as an extensive bibliography. Beautiful color photos throughout show many different types of hummingbirds enjoying their wonderfully active lives in gardens created expressly for them.
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The Secret Life of Flies

Author: Erica McAlister

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780565094751

Category: Diptera

Page: 248

View: 1760

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The Secret World of Red Wolves

The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf

Author: T. DeLene Beeland

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469602008

Category: Nature

Page: 272

View: 1801

Red wolves are shy, elusive, and misunderstood predators. Until the 1800s, they were common in the longleaf pine savannas and deciduous forests of the southeastern United States. However, habitat degradation, persecution, and interbreeding with the coyote nearly annihilated them. Today, reintroduced red wolves are found only in peninsular northeastern North Carolina within less than 1 percent of their former range. In The Secret World of Red Wolves, nature writer T. DeLene Beeland shadows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's pioneering recovery program over the course of a year to craft an intimate portrait of the red wolf, its history, and its restoration. Her engaging exploration of this top-level predator traces the intense effort of conservation personnel to save a species that has slipped to the verge of extinction. Beeland weaves together the voices of scientists, conservationists, and local landowners while posing larger questions about human coexistence with red wolves, our understanding of what defines this animal as a distinct species, and how climate change may swamp its current habitat.
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