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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018

Location: Spray Fields, Palm Coast

Snowy Egrets have black beaks and legs,
And yellow feet that don't match.
Cattle Egrets have a yellow beak,
On their head and wings is an orange patch.

Bonapart's Gulls are the odd man out
They don't look al all like an egret
But they all can hang out and be good friends
And make for an interesting vignette.

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

Location: City Hall, Palm Coast

I'm known as a Wilson's Snipe
I'm kind of short and chunky.
I'm usually secretive but when you walk by,
I'll fly away in fast zig-zags like a drunken monkey.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Wilson's Snipe

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19, 2019

Location: Vero Beach, West Regional WWTP

I'm a Little Blue Heron
Though my color is kind of strange.
I'm not immature, but I have white on my wings,
I'm adult who never quite finished the change.

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 18, 2018

Location: Satellite Beach, Samsons Island

Welcome to the first official video edition of Dee at 8 a.m. Today I take you on a poorly filmed tour of the beautiful Samson Island in Satellite Beach.  I apologize in advance for the videography. In the future, I think I will either use a tripod or get someone who is steadier than I to do the filming.  This video is close captioned.


Video © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17, 2018

Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

I am a Yellow-rumped Warbler
Of the Myrtle subspecies specifically.
You can tell by the fact that I have a white chin,
And the fact that I was seen in the east.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Yellow-rumped Warbler

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

I'm a Blue-headed Vireo
This time, shown from behind.
You can ID me by the bold stripes on my wings,
Which vaguely resemble Venetian blinds.

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018

Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

I'm a Blue-headed Vireo
My head is blue-grey and I have a bold white eye ring.
I like to eat insects and my nest
Is a cup placed in a tree or sapling.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Blue-headed Vireo

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson