There’s a Hummingbird in My Backyard

A family learns to interpret the mysterious ways of the hummingbirds residing in their backyard

The Bakers are spending time in their backyard when they notice two hummingbirds zooming around. Before long, they are surprised to learn that the female hummer has built a nest and is raising her new family in their yard. Kelly, her dog, and her parents watch the new hummingbird family grow up and learn that these tiny busy birds see reddish colors best, use a variety of materials to build their nests, and enjoy taking “showers” by flying into a spray of water from a hose.

Along with its companion, There’s an Opossum in My Backyard, this book shows you don’t have to travel to a distant national or state park to experience and learn from nature in a meaningful way. You can do so in your own backyard!

About the Author and Illustrator

Gary BogueAuthor and wildlife expert Gary Bogue was curator of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, for twelve years. He also wrote a daily column about pets and wildlife for the Contra Costa Times and Bay Area News Group for 42 years, and authored There’s an Opossum in My BackyardThere’s a Hummingbird in My Backyard, and The Raccoon Next Door.
Chuck ToddChuck Todd is an award-winning illustrator and visual journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. After more than two decades as a newspaper artist and presentation editor, Chuck has turned his focus to creating illustrations for children’s books, magazines, websites, and comics. Is That a Skunk? is his fourth illustrated wildlife book with author Gary Bogue. See more of Chuck’s artwork at