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American Robin Eggs

Ian Fleming, consummate birder, best known as the author who penned the James Bond novels. Fleming borrowed the name James Bond from the author of Birds of the West Indies and named his Jamaican estate Goldeneye, after the duck and the code name for a World War II undercover mission.

Agatha Christie, whose Miss Marple character, like her, never ventured far without binoculars – Christie to watch birds, Marple to detect criminal behavior.

Abraham Lincoln, whose tenderness for bird life was exemplified one day when riding with two other attorneys through the countryside. He came upon a fallen robin’s nest with forlorn chicks. He promptly dismounted, cradled the nest in his hands, climbed the tree, and replaced the nest. To his colleagues he said, “Gentlemen, I could not have slept tonight, if I had left those helpless little robins to perish in the wet grass.”

Winnie the Pooh, in addition to befriending Owl and other bird friends of the 100-Aker Wood, mused about birds in his famous riddle, “Coddlestone, coddleston, coddleston pie, a fly can’t bird a bird can fly…..”

E. B. Whitekept a Peterson Field Guide handy at his Maine saltwater farm. He wrote several essays about birds, birding, and Peterson’s field guide for the New Yorker. He also expressed his fascination for birds in Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. In the field, around the house, in the barn, in the woods, in the swamp – everywhere love and songs and nests and eggs.”

George Plimpton, author, explorer, and birder extraordinaire. He and his sister, Sarah, developed lifelong interests in birds as teenagers birding in Florida; George even mounted a quest in search for the Imperial Woodpecker in Mexico.

From a letter from John Fitzpatrick
Louis Aqassiz Fuertes Director
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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