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Monday Mystery Answered


On Monday I asked:

After a really good day of birding, I hear a lot of folks say that it was "a red-letter day."

What does it mean, and where did it come from?

The answer is here.

It should be noted that birders love to use the expression when they get a new life bird or see a great migration.

Carol Flanagan got high marks for creativity.


A Visit to Mrs. Jones' Class

Toward the end of every school year, I visit Mrs .Jones' elementary school class in Newburgh, N.Y. to read "Duck Enough to Fly," "Icky the Hungry Heron," and "Swan Babies."

After the readings and discussion, student got their choice of a signed copy of "Duck Enough" or "Icky."

Here are parts of their thank-you notes.

(Thank you, Mrs. Jones' class!)

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All about the Banded Goose

DSCN1740On Sunday morning, after photographing all nine numbers on the brass band adorning the Canada Goose pictured above,  I submitted the information to the nation Bird Banding Lab in Maryland and gotten an instantaneous reply.

Turns out that Canada Goose No. 1168-30285 is a female, banded as young bird on July 9, 2015, in Ramsey.

I also got a certificate of appreciation (not too brag) -- the first one I've ever gotten for anything pertaining to a Canada Goose.

What does it all mean? 

I plan to find out and write. a column about it down the road.

Certificate of Appreciation Goose