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Little Jewel's Remarkable Journey

Have you ever watched a baby hummingbird grow up? Now you can through stunning photographs of an adorable baby hummingbird and her loving mom. The heartwarming story will delight children as they follow Little Jewel from the day she hatches out of a tiny egg (Day 1) to the day she flies out of the nest (Day 24). With her mom’s great care and protection, Little Jewel grows into a beautiful fledgling ready to explore the world. This engaging book also includes a day-by-day growth chart of Little Jewel, facts about hummingbirds, and tips to attract hummingbirds to gardens.

Author Susanne Strauss is an award-winning nature photographer and educator. She had the wonderful opportunity to observe and photograph hummingbirds that had nested and raised their young in her garden. Her photographs inspired the story of Little Jewel. Susanne displays her hummingbird photographs at the local library and gives presentations on baby hummingbirds at schools and nature stores. She enjoys traveling to national parks, photographing wildlife, and backyard birding.

Little Jewel’s Remarkable Journey
ISBN: 9781734226706
Author: Susanne Strauss
Retail: $16.99
Special thru 3/31/21: $13.50
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Fun Facts about Little Jewel and Hummingbirds
  • Little Jewel is an Allen’s hummingbird. Allen’s hummingbirds nest primarily in California and southern Oregon.  
  • It is currently breeding season. Breeding season can begin in January and last until July.
  • The female builds the nest, incubates the eggs, and raises the young on her own. The female usually lays two eggs. Little Jewel’s mom laid two eggs; however, the second egg did not hatch. It stayed in the nest while Little Jewel grew up.
  • The nest is about 1.5 inches in diameter and stretches as the baby hummingbird grows. The inside of the nest is soft. The outside of the nest is covered with tiny twigs, leaves, and plant material and is held together with spider silk. Little Jewel’s mom also decorated the nest with paint chips from the garden fence.
  • The courtship behavior of a male hummingbird consists of first flying back and forth like a pendulum and then flying high into the sky, diving down, and making a unique sound as he nears back to the female. He’ll climb again and soar down a couple more times. 
You can watch a video of Little Jewel being fed by her mother by clicking on the image below. 
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We have a broad variety of books on special right now, including Little Jewel's Remarkable Journey. Please visit the Specials page on our website to browse discounted titles.

Sunbelt has been fortunate to publish another female birder and photographer. Wendy Esterly's stunning images of birds and other wildlife have been used in publications and exhibits. They are the basis for the coloring pages in Coloring Southern California Birds. She is a dedicated volunteer instructor for the SDNHM Canyoneers and a Mission Trails Regional Park trail guide.

On May 6th at 12:00 pm, Wendy will be the guest speaker on our Sunbelt Spotlight. The talk will feature some of the migratory and permanent residents of Southern California. Register here.

Coloring Southern California Birds
ISBN: 9781941384473
Author: Wendy Esterly
Retail: $10.95
Special: $8.95
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