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May 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A pair of fossils from the world's oldest known hummingbird of a modern type, which flew more than 30 million years ago, have been found in Germany, upending the assumption that the birds lived only in the Americas, Science magazine reported. The extinct species was named Eurotrochilus inexpectatus, or "an unexpected European Trochilus," the classification of the current species. The birds, measuring about 1.6 inches long, had elongated, narrow beaks.
February 14, 2014 | By Jim Cox
I have to make sure when I get hold of happiness to seize the moment and soar to heights with it. I am grateful that I can still be joyful at times with simple and new things that were not significant to me before. - Bien Cox, journal entry The "new normal" arrived April 9, 2008. The painful lump in Bien's left breast was malignant. Cancer. The phone, the unholy messenger, was put back in its cradle, and we sat on the couch for a few moments. Tears came and went. Disbelief remained.
January 10, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS
To attract hummingbirds to your back yard or apartment balcony, put up hummingbird feeders or plant flowers they prefer--honeysuckle, trumpet vine, fuchsia, salvia, lantana, chuparosa (the Spanish word for hummingbird), columbine, coral belle or shrimp plant. Fill the hummingbird feeder with a solution of four parts water and one part white sugar. Boil the water first, then dissolve the sugar and let the mixture cool before placing it in the feeder.
November 9, 2013
Question: When I moved to Northridge in 1951, every nursery carried flats of lippia, a cheap, tough, drought-resistant ground cover and lawn substitute. When I ordered it at a nursery, it took months to get, in spite of the fact that it is grown in Northern California, and it was expensive. Do you know why it has disappeared? Florence "Flip" Manne Sun Valley Answer: Florence, you are right -- getting rid of grass is a great goal. Traditional lawns take so many resources -- water, time, money, chemicals -- while contributing so little to the aesthetic of a property.
January 10, 1992 | LYNN SIMROSS
Hummingbirds are members of the family Trochilidae (the world's smallest birds) and reside only in the Western Hemisphere. Of 16 North American types, seven are California species. Hummers are most often seen along migratory routes between Mexico and Canada. They migrate north in early spring and return south in late summer and early fall. Three species--Anna's Hummingbird, a cousin of the Allen's Hummingbird and Costa's Hummingbird--remain in California year-around.
July 20, 1997
The informational graphic entitled "Flying Jewels" (July 13) stated that while humans burn a little over 2,000 calories a day, hummingbirds burn between 6,660 and 12,000 calories a day. I think you missed a couple of decimal points. Hummers do eat a lot of sugar from plant nectar, but 12,000 calories translates to 8 pounds of sugar. Nearly all hummingbirds weigh less than one ounce. They consume about their weight in food every day. One ounce of sugar equals 100 calories. Somewhere between 66 and 120 calories a day sounds a lot better.
August 1, 2010 | Abby Sewell
They're kidnapped by children or captured by cats. They're cut down by tree trimmers or toppled by winds. Some fly into walls or windows, while others see their parents injured in territorial feuds. For baby hummingbirds, the summer is a time of great peril. But fortunately for hundreds of these tiny, battered creatures, there's a subculture of people who are eager to step in as surrogate parents. The volunteers, or "hummingbird rehabbers," devote themselves to raising hummingbird orphans and nursing injured fledglings and adults back to health so they can be returned to the wild.
They're gone now. The cars, the dust and the people. And, alas, gone too are most of the tiny, beautifully colored birds. Flown home to Mexico on their iridescent wings. Wally and Marion Paton can reclaim their backyard now. The bird-watchers have moved on, migrating to winter homes just as the birds do.
June 18, 1986 | JOHN DREYFUSS, Times Staff Writer
With the first glow in the eastern sky in a remote mountain area east of Mazatlan, a man and a woman on a rutted, single-lane dirt road raised powerful binoculars and began meticulously scanning meadows and adjacent forests. Within minutes, two men with machetes swinging from their belts walked out of the woods, approached one of the Americans, and began cursing her. "They were very angry. I thought I was done for," said Esther Quesada Tyrrell, grimacing as she reflected on the ugly scene.
It just doesn't figure. Robert and Esther Quesada Tyrrell don't seem like adventuresome types. They don't even like to camp out. Yet their journeys include slogging through crocodile-infested Cuban swamps, hacking through Caribbean jungles that are home to deadly seven-foot snakes and confronting machete-wielding marijuana growers in Mexico. All this and more in search of what they call "flying jewels." Hummingbirds.
May 15, 2013 | By Jason La
Cesar Aliaga photographed a hummingbird nest at his home in Sylmar in March. Since the beginning of spring, Aliaga and his wife, Olga, have watched a pair of hummingbirds raise two sets of hatchlings on a lamp on their patio. The last two chicks flew away Monday. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
March 25, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
Just as the memory of "Meatball," Glendale's favorite bear, may be fading, it appears a new bruin has taken to the city. And this black bear - described as 3 to 4 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds - has a fondness for hummingbird sugar water and a taste for honey. This dietary insight is based on its snacking habits during multiple visits over the course of at least six months to the Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood. In some cases, the bear has knocked down hummingbird feeders hanging as high as 8 feet off the ground.
January 29, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Introducing new artistic work is scary, especially after early acclaim and a measure of success. Will the admirers follow? Is the magic still there? Was it all a fluke?  Local Natives are in the thick of it right now: On Monday night, the band unveiled a fresh batch of music from its second album, “Hummingbird,” to hometown fans -- and you could feel the tension as the men walked toward their instruments, silhouetted by fog mingling with purple backlight.   In 2009, the five-piece Los Angeles concern put out “Gorilla Manor,” an assured indie-pop debut that featured young souls with confident, harmonious voices catching melodies and riding them like Huntington Beach waves.
March 23, 2012 | By Nate Jackson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
L.A. club-goers have to do a little extra work to find Expansion. First, unless you're a die-hard of the local electronic dance music scene, you might not know it exists. Then there's a 40-minute drive out of L.A. to the quiet mountains of Simi Valley, and a few extra minutes creeping up a valley of winding roads to a mansion resort that's hardly well known. Over the last year at remote Hummingbird Nest Ranch, a resort tucked into the cactus-strewn Santa Susana Mountains, the monthly Expansion event has gained cachet with DJs and fans.
November 27, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Queen of America A Novel Luis Alberto Urrea Little, Brown: 496 pp., $25.99 It is one thing to be a saint. It is another thing to be a young woman in America on the dawning edge of the 20th century with a father who is getting on your nerves. Teresa, Teresita, the Saint of Cabora, healer and revolutionary, is back in Luis Alberto Urrea's "Queen of America. " In 2005's "The Hummingbird's Daughter," she came of age on her father's Mexican ranchos, where she learned from Huila, a native woman, the old ways of nature and medicine and God. In this novel, a follow-up that stands alone, Teresita and her father settle restlessly into U.S. border towns in diminished circumstances, driven out of Mexico and into a swiftly modernizing world.
July 24, 2011 | By Sarah Karnasiewicz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Some people head to Peru to climb Incan ruins; some go to sip pisco sours. Me, I went for the birds. The very big birds. Peru contains a staggering 10% of the world's avian population, and the Colca Valley - a stunning slice of earth notched into the southern highlands of the country - is ground zero for two of the most jaw-dropping: the Andean condor, otherwise known as the world's largest flying bird, and the giant hummingbird, whose name speaks...
Every year they come in droves to southeastern Arizona on the trail of the world's smallest bird, what John James Audubon called a "glittering fragment of the rainbow." During the late-summer hummingbird season, thousands of tourists from around the world can be seen jockeying for position at the birds' well-known pit stops on the upper part of the "hummingbird highway"--the verdant corridor of land along the San Pedro River.
May 5, 2005 | Lili Singer, Special to The Times
Ever seen a hummingbird do the breast stroke? Trish Meyer and her husband, Chris, have witnessed this phenomenon in the hummingbird bath of their Sherman Oaks home. "They move their little wings like this," Trish says, demonstrating the proper arc, "and paddle with their teeny little feet. Hummingbirds need water as much as they need food." To a hummingbird, the Meyers' garden must feel like a gourmet cafe with a 10-page menu.
May 22, 2011
American Eden From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are Wade Graham Harper: $35 How the American identity and its contradictions — democratic ideals and aristocratic pretensions — are reflected in our gardens, from Jefferson's Monticello to Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill. (now available) Among Giants A Life With Whales Charles "Flip" Nicklin University of Chicago Press: $40 The gentle beasts in the depths of the ocean receive their fair share in this visually stunning tribute.
February 17, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A pocket-size drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird for the way it flaps its tiny robotic wings has been developed for the Pentagon by a Monrovia company as a mini-spy plane capable of maneuvering on the battlefield and in urban areas. The battery-powered drone was built by AeroVironment Inc. for the Pentagon's research arm as part of a series of experiments in nanotechnology. The little flying machine is built to look like a bird for potential use in spy missions. The results of a five-year effort to develop the drone are being announced Thursday by the company and the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
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