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April 2020

Order a Signed Copy of 'The Real James Bond'!

RealJamesBond_CVR(1)Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the supply chain for ordering my book in the U.S. has occasionally been disrupted, and copies can be hard to come by.

As a result, I am making you an offer you might not want to refuse:

A signed copy of my book, by mail in the U.S., for $32, including tax and postage, with all net proceeds going to:

* NJ Audubon (I'm giving the Saturday keynote talk at their virtual Cape May Spring Festival. Details here.)

* Conservation in the Caribbean (in honor of the real James Bond).

* The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

The Birdbooker Report calls "The Real James Bond"  ... "a must-have for James Bond fans and for those with an interest in ornithological history."

You can read The Wall Street Journal's review here.

Contact me here to get more information, including how to pay via PayPal or Venmo (or by check if you'd prefer -- it'll just take much longer to send you the book).

Limit: Two per person. The book does make a great gift for a birder or 007 fan in your life.

While supplies last!

Monday Morning Mystery 042720

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Every year since 2002 or possibly earlier, endangered Red-shouldered Hawks have nested in Allendale or nearby Ramsey.

They failed several times before nesting successfully in 2004, and have nested at nine locations total.

This could well be the third spring where we are  in late-April and have not located the nest.

The female Red-shoulder and her mate typically nest about 30 feet or more up in a large deciduous tree, and typically within 50 feet of a house.

If you see or hear a Red-shoulder, try to see whether it has a leg band (that would be Laura) and which direction it goes,  and then report your findings to  me at celeryfarm (at)

You can read some old blog posts about the Red-shoulders here.

A Classic Trip to High Mountain

The Paterson Rambling Club was founded in 1904. The group's first hike was to the summit of High Mountain -- after they had taken a trolley to Haledon.  Joseph Rydings, the group’s leader, wrote many essays about the group's hikes over the years, and “certain choice annals” were collected in his book Country Walks in Many Fields in 1934.

Here is Rydings’ essay about High Mountain, prefaced by a note from the book's Introduction.

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