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Hummingbirds and Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides/Bird Watcher’s Digest Backyard Bird Guides)

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.

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  1. A. E. Wright "Birder and reader" says:

    Great for gardeners and wildlife watchers 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.

  2. Anonymous says:

    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.

  3. Anonymous says:

    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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