Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood by Terry Masear

First Line: If destiny arrives at times by chance and at other times by choice, for me it came through some of each.

This memoir of rehabber Terry Masear is a must-read for anyone who is fascinated with hummingbirds. I've loved these tiny living jewels since I was quite small, seeing ruby-throated hummingbirds visit my grandmother's flower garden. The day I moved to Arizona was the first time I'd ever seen one perch in a tree and being able to observe them every day in my own desert garden is a delight I never tire of.

Masear includes many facts in her memoir that people with differing levels of expertise will appreciate, but what I enjoyed the most was her account of the day-to-day care involved with rescuing and rehabilitating these little marvels. In four months, she took in 160 hummingbirds in various stages of need. With feedings every thirty minutes during the day and a phone that never stopped ringing, readers can feel Masear's exhaustion. But we can also feel her love and dedication, especially with hummingbirds like Gabriel and Pepper, birds that were gravely injured and not expected to live. Yes, this is a book in which both your mind and your heart will be engaged.

Don't be surprised if you read Fastest Things on Wings and discover that your sense of wonder has been reawakened-- and that if you're lucky enough to have hummingbirds in your neighborhood that you look at them in a brand-new light. These little jewels are enough in and of themselves to make me believe in miracles, and I am so glad I read Masear's book.

Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood by Terry Masear
eISBN: 9780544416086
Mariner Books © 2016
eBook, 333 pages

Non-Fiction, Standalone
Rating: A
Source: Purchased from Amazon.


  1. I think hummingbirds are fabulous, Cathy, but I know next to nothing about them. It sounds as though this is a really accessible way to learn more. Glad you enjoyed it.

    1. It's an enjoyable way to learn more, Margot, and the book reads very quickly.


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