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!

Chuck ToddIllustrator and visual journalist Chuck Todd is the presentation editor at the Contra Costa Times. An award-winning newspaper illustrator, his artwork has been exhibited at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in addition to other venues across the west coast. A portfolio of Chuck's work can be seen at
Gary BogueGary Bogue was curator of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, California, from 1967 to 1979. For thirty-two years he has written a popular daily column on pets, wildlife, and environmental issues for the Contra Costa Times. He lives in Benicia, California, with his wife, two cats, a parrot, and a cockatoo.