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Other titles in the Peterson Field Guides/Bird Watcher's Digest Backyard Bird Guides series:

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

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Publisher Comments:

This readable, friendly guide is intended for bird watchers and nonand#8211;bird watchers alikeand#8212;for anyone who wants to enjoy nature right in his or her own backyard.
and#160;
The longtime editor of Bird Watcherand#8217;s Digest and author of numerous books on birds, Bill Thompson IIIand#160; has been feeding and watching birds forand#160;forty years. He has tried everything, and here he shares what heand#8217;s learned so that readers can avoid mistakes and skip right to successful bird feeding. He also debunks common myths about bird feeding: Does feeding birds stop them from migrating? Will birds starve if you leave your feeders empty after the birds have come to rely on them?
and#160;
In an easygoing and lighthearted style, seven chapters cover all the elements needed to attract birds to a backyard (food, water, shelter) and address special cases and problems (keeping bees out of the hummingbird feeder, preventing birds from flying into windows,and#160;and much more). The final chapter profiles theand#160;130 species that are most common at backyard feeders. No separate field guide is needed; itand#8217;s all right hereand#8212;everything a beginner needs to know to attract birds and then figure out what kind they are.

Synopsis:

Written by the experts at Bird Watcher's Digest, Identify Yourself gives beginning and intermediate bird watchers a helping hand with some of the most confounding identification challenges — birds that are commonly encountered but difficult to tell apart. Combining clear, easy-to-understand text with beautiful illustrations that show key field marks, Identify Yourself is the solution to identifying many of North America's hard-to-distinguish birds..

Synopsis:

Second in a three-book series on watching birds in the backyard: backyard bird ID, bird feeding, hummingbirds, bluebirds, bird houses, gardening for birds, etc.

Synopsis:

A new Peterson Field Guide to 200 of the most common and interesting birds in eastern North America, written especially for kids ages eight to twelve.

Increasingly popular among all ages, birding is an especially popular family friendly activity. This fun and lively guide provides just the right amount of information for kids who have an interest in birds and want to learn more. Each of the 200 species is described on a full page packed with information and written in an engaging style."Wow!" bursts contain particularly interesting facts about each bird. Range maps are easy to read and each one includes a key, so that small hands wonand#8217;t have to flip again and again to the front or back of the book. There is even a space for young birders to check off birds they have spotted and the date the species was seen. Color photographs are used for identification purposes, and black-and-white line drawings by Julie Zickefoose illustrate interesting behaviors or characteristics.

A birder since childhood, Thompson says he would have loved a book like this one when he was just getting interested in birds. Now a father of two, he spent many hours over a two-year period with his now eleven-year-old daughterand#8217;s class getting their advice on what to include in the book.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watchers Digest and the author of many books about birds. He lives in Ohio with his wife, the author and illustrator Julie Zickefoose, and their two children.
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 frequently travels the country speaking on birding, wildlife gardening, and nature photography subjects.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

HUMMINGBIRDS

Chapter 1: What Is a Hummingbird?

Hummingbird Life History 5

Did You Know? 11

Myths Debunked 12

Chapter 2: Watching Hummingbirds

Finding Hummingbirds 17

Hummingbird Anatomy 19

Identifying Hummingbirds 19

Hummingbird Behavior 24

Chapter 3: Attracting and Feeding

Hummingbirds

Flowers versus Feeders 27

C hoosing a Feeder 31

Feeder Placement 33

General Feeding Rules 35

Ten Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds 36

Chapter 4: Plants for Hummingbirds

Planning Your Hummingbird Habitat 40

Bird-friendly Plants 50

Chapter 5: A Hummer Garden Plan

Regional Plant Lists 65

Plants for Container Gardens 86

Seasonal Progression of Blossoms 87

Chapter 6: Troubleshooting 88

Chapter 7: Hummingbird Species Profiles

Identifying Hummingbirds 98

Species Profiles 102

BUTTERFLIES

Chapter 8: What Is a Butterfly?

Butterfly Biology 120

Butterfly Life History 123

Did You Know? 132

Myths Debunked 133

Chapter 9: Watching Butterflies

Finding Butterflies 136

Identifying Butterflies 140

Butterfly Behavior 144

Chapter 10: Attracting and Feeding

Butterflies

Habitat Requirements 147

Chapter 11: Plants for Butterflies

Planning Your Butterfly Habitat 156

Butterfly-friendly Plants 160

Healthy Backyard Ecosystems 166

Container Gardens 167

Chapter 12: A Butterfly Garden Plan

Regional Plant Lists 170

Plants for Special Interest Gardens 206

Seasonal Progression of Blossoms 210

Chapter 13: Troubleshooting and FAQs

Predators 211

Hazards 214

Butterfly Conservation 218

Frequently Asked Questions 219

Chapter 14: Butterfly Species Profiles

Kindred Butterflies 223

Species Profiles 226

Appendix 1

Photographing Hummingbirds 268

Appendix 2

Photographing Butterflies 271

Resources 276

Photography and Illustration Credits 280

Index 281

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618904457
Author:
Thompson, Bill, Iii
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Thompson, Bill, III
Author:
Toops, Connie
Author:
Bird Watcher's Digest, Editors of
Author:
Thompson III, Bill
Author:
Editors of Bird Watcher's Digest
Author:
Bill Thompson III
Author:
Kaufman, Kenn
Author:
Zickefoose, Julie
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Animals - Butterflies & Moths
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Peterson Field Guides/Bird Watcher Â’ s Digest Backyard Bird Guides
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 color plates
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in 1.6 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Synopsis" by ,
Written by the experts at Bird Watcher's Digest, Identify Yourself gives beginning and intermediate bird watchers a helping hand with some of the most confounding identification challenges — birds that are commonly encountered but difficult to tell apart. Combining clear, easy-to-understand text with beautiful illustrations that show key field marks, Identify Yourself is the solution to identifying many of North America's hard-to-distinguish birds..
"Synopsis" by ,

Second in a three-book series on watching birds in the backyard: backyard bird ID, bird feeding, hummingbirds, bluebirds, bird houses, gardening for birds, etc.

"Synopsis" by ,
A new Peterson Field Guide to 200 of the most common and interesting birds in eastern North America, written especially for kids ages eight to twelve.

Increasingly popular among all ages, birding is an especially popular family friendly activity. This fun and lively guide provides just the right amount of information for kids who have an interest in birds and want to learn more. Each of the 200 species is described on a full page packed with information and written in an engaging style."Wow!" bursts contain particularly interesting facts about each bird. Range maps are easy to read and each one includes a key, so that small hands wonand#8217;t have to flip again and again to the front or back of the book. There is even a space for young birders to check off birds they have spotted and the date the species was seen. Color photographs are used for identification purposes, and black-and-white line drawings by Julie Zickefoose illustrate interesting behaviors or characteristics.

A birder since childhood, Thompson says he would have loved a book like this one when he was just getting interested in birds. Now a father of two, he spent many hours over a two-year period with his now eleven-year-old daughterand#8217;s class getting their advice on what to include in the book.

"Synopsis" by ,

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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