It is true!
In fact, Mr Fleming was looking for a name for the hero of his book, Casino Royale, and happened to have a copy of the following hanging about his house (well, not the Peterson Guide, but the original Bond guide...)
He received permission from the ornithologist, James Bond, to call his character Bond.
Fleming said that he "wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could think of. James Bond seemed perfect."
In in his novel Dr. No, Fleming also referenced Bond's work by basing an ornithological sanctuary on Dr. No's island in the Bahamas.
So, why the Bond-ness?
Because Warren and I were invited to a Bond party this weekend to celebrate all things secret service.
Which brings me to my favorite James Bond.
Not Roger Moore.
Nope not Pierce.
Might have been Connery....
If Cute Husband didn't have all the necessary gadgets....
But... you are probably "just here for the birds." (Die Another Day)
BirdCouple did do a spot of birding after a night of shaken martinis, gold dust and toy knives.
Cute Husband and I enjoyed a morning walk on Sunday in search of anything heading South. We started the morning at Davidsonville Park walking between the ponds searching the tops of trees and enjoying the water lily blooms.
We heard an unfamiliar whiny call and tracked down our first sure migrant of the day, an Alder Flycatcher!
Our camera is on the fritz and our little point and shoot refused to focus on the bird, but the above picture is a good example of where one might find an Alder Flycatcher, in migration, singing.
He really was super cooperative and sang his heart out. We noted at least 4 other flycatchers in the same area, but all refused to sing to give us any clue as to what exact species they were.