Anyone have any idea what might have caused it?
The answer, from renowned feather expert Pepper Tail, is that the feathers on the James Bond book "are fanciful. Perhaps from unknown species in Goldfinger's diabolical aviary, but not from birds known to science."
Carol Flanagan has done her usual great job. Thanks, Carol!
(Can you identify these three feathers found in Northern New Jersey? (Answer at the end of the column, below.)
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The talk will feature three rare birds that the real James Bond collected for science in the West Indies (including one now feared extinct) and an ornithologist/spy or two, notably the American Museum of Natural History's James Chapin.
(He once had lunch with Bond, and it changed his life.)
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(That's the Cuban Tody from the cover of the 1936 Birds of the Indies above.)