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Fastest Things on Wings

Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

by Terry Masear

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Fastest Things on Wings by Terry Masear
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  • Published in USA  May 2016
    336 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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A personal narrative filled with the science and magic surrounding these fascinating creatures and other colorful birds.

Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna's hummingbird with head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral hundreds of feet in the air, dive 60 miles per hour in a courtship display, hover, and fly backward. When he arrived in rehab caked in road grime, he was so badly injured that he could barely perch. But Terry Masear, one of the busiest hummingbird rehabilitators in the country, was determined to save this damaged bird. During the five months that Terry worked with Gabriel, she took in 160 orphaned and injured hummingbirds, from a miniature hatchling rescued by a bulldog to Pepper, a female Anna's grounded on a film set. In their time together, Pepper and Gabriel formed a special bond and together, with Terry's help, learned to fly again.

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"Encounters with hummingbirds with a variety of personalities have given [Masear] many insightful stories to tell ... Masear is bound to win fans with this passionate memoir." - Booklist

"Starred Review. [a] bright, engrossing debut…Not just for birders, this captivating book brims with warmth, humor, and drama that will have wide appeal." - Kirkus Reviews

"A must-read for everyone who enjoys hummingbirds. (Is there anyone who does not fit that category?) ... Although Masear lives in Hollywood and deals with West Coast birds, her stories apply equally to the one species, the ruby-throated hummingbird, we have here. I learned much from this book." - Buffalo News

"A book that will change forever the way you look at these little birds." - Los Angeles Times

"This is a charming and lively summertime read, something for the patio or balcony, glass of iced tea at hand, a hummingbird or two zipping around the azaleas." - Dallas Morning News

"I was riveted, charmed, delighted, devastated, profoundly moved, and taken to a magical place few people ever get to glimpse." - Stacey O'Brien, author of Wesley the Owl

"I cannot believe what a gripping read this is." - Robin Young, host of NPR's "Here and Now"

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Terry Masear

Terry Masear has been rescuing hummingbirds since 2005. Over the past ten years, she and a network of rehabbers in Southern California have rescued 5,000 hummingbirds, the majority of which have been released back into the wild. Terry received her Ph.D. from UCLA, where she teaches English as a Second Language. She has taken time off from teaching to focus on researching and writing about hummingbirds.

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