Fiction Authors Get It Wrong

Joyce Miller
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:58:06 PDT
Some years ago, a co-worker came to me asking me about a reference in a 
mystery novel which was "the night song of the Cancun vulture."  I checked 
my few bird reference books, the Sacramento, California, Audobon Chapter, 
and finally an international site in British Columbia, Canada.  I was 
especially puzzled with the night song descripture because I had always 
thought vultures were diurnal.  I wrote a query to the author of the mystery 
care of his publisher and forgot about the issue.  Several months later, I 
received a hand written response from the author telling me "I made it all 
Joyce Miller, Gresham, Oregon, USA 

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