My 'Real James Bond' Talk Is Friday!

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My free Zoom talk on "The Real James Bond" is tomorrow (Friday, Oct, 23) at 8 p.m.

The real-life James Bond was an ornithologist and noted naturalist/adventurer from Philadelphia who was an expert on the birds of the Caribbean.

When Ian Fleming was looking for a name for his fictional British secret agent, he looked at the cover of his birding bible, Birds of the West Indies, saw the author’s name, and simply stole it.

My talk for the Fyke Nature Association will cover such topics as Bond’s iconic field guide, his identity theft by Ian Fleming, and Bond’s solo expeditions to the Caribbean.

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Bright Lights, Big Death Trap

Earlier this month,  The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a disturbing article about more than 1,000 migratory birds dying after flying into the bright lights of the city's tall buildings on a foggy night.

Today The Inquirer followed up with an Op-Ed n how the city can reduce the disturbing number of deaths.

You can read it here.


Monday Mystery Part II

A fellow Bergen County bird lover writes:

Can you explain why the sparrows in my yard are going into my birdhouses?

There are usually two of them, one enters the birdhouse and stays for up to one minute and then they both fly away.

I see this activity during the spring mating season, but now it’s mid-October ....

I have a theory, based on Eastern Bluebird behavior. What do you think?


My 'Real James Bond' Talk Is Next Week

Jim Wright Book Cover(1)I'm happy to announce I am giving a free Zoom talk about my book "The Real James Bond" next Friday (Oct, 23) at 8 p.m. for the Fyke Nature Association.

The real-life James Bond was an ornithologist and noted naturalist/adventurer from Philadelphia who was an expert on the birds of the Caribbean.

When Ian Fleming was looking for a name for his fictional British secret agent, he looked at the cover of his birding bible, Birds of the West Indies, saw the author’s name, and simply stole it.

I'll talk about Bond’s iconic field guide, his identity theft by Ian Fleming, and Bond’s solo expeditions to the Caribbean.

Continue reading "My 'Real James Bond' Talk Is Next Week" »