Amazon Reviewer: "A great book for anyone who wants to attract and feed hummingbirds, it's packed with all the basic information you'll need, starting with choosing the right feeder for your area, the sugar solution to put in it, and the maintenance and cleaning of it, which the Stokes say: "We can't emphasize enough how important it is to take feeder maintenance seriously", as any mold or bacteria can be "risking the health, and possibly the lives", of these jeweled wonders of the bird family...and they show you the easy steps to be taken to keep the feeders clean.
There are also 6 pages on orioles, who can be seen sometimes at hummer feeders. It gives a "quick guide" to 8 species of these beautiful birds, with lovely photos to help identification. It also shows how one can set up feeders specifically for orioles, and the sugar solution to use, which is slightly different from that of the hummer mixture.
Chapters on the "Hummingbird Habitat" and "Gardening", give you a list of plants and flowers that hummers like the most, by geographical region. "Amazing Facts" truly is amazing. Among the many fascinating things you'll learn is that their heart can beat 1,260 times per minute, but can sometimes slow down to 50 beats per minute at night to conserve energy. There are other chapters on "Myths", "Baby Hummingbirds", and "Photographing Hummingbirds".
Nearly half the book is devoted to the identification of the different species, with photos, maps, behaviour patterns, and much more. Once you've identified your visitors, you'll get to know the idiosyncrasies of the species, and it's sure to add to the joy and delight of watching these miraculous little creatures."
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures found throughout North Amercia. This beautiful new guide will make it easy for you to tract these tiny jewels to your yard, identify them and understand their fascinating varied behavior....Large color photographs and range maps. Information on how to select proper feeders and what to use in them...when to put them up and when to take them down.
Amazing facts about hummingbirds, how fast they fly, how much they weigh....guidelines for photographing hummers....and much more.
We feed lots of hummingbirds in the summer and with this book I was able to identify what type they were. I will keep this as a handy reference book. Great pictures of the hummers so they were easy to identify