Saturday, October 21, 2017

October 21, 2017

Location: Vero Beach, Riverside Park

I am a male Redstart,
Shown here from underneath.
I am black and white with orange accents,
A great bird for Halloween!

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

Location: Vero Beach, Riverside Park

I am a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher,
I dart around quickly while looking for bugs.
I have thin white rings around my eyes,
If my eyes were red, you'd think I was on drugs.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017

Location: Vero Beach, 20th Street

I'm a male Black-throated Blue Warbler,
My throat is black and my back's mostly blue.
Although I don't look anything like my mate,
We both like to eat insects and fruits.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Black-throated Blue Warbler

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017

Location: Vero Beach, 20th Street

I'm a female Black-throated Blue Warbler,
My throat's not black, nor am I particularly blue.
In fact, I don't look anything at all like my mate,
My throat is a yellowish hue.

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

Location: Vero Beach, 20th Street

We are two Northern Mockingbirds
Having a chat upon some roof tiles.
When we're done we'll go imitate other birds.
We're not mean, that's just our style.

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

Location: Fort Pierce, D.J. Wilcox Preserve

I am a White Peacock butterfly,
Resting here amongst fallen autumn leaves.
I drink nectar, I'm not a detritivore,
Despite what this picture might make you believe.

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

Location: Vero Beach, Riverside Park

I am a Cape May Warbler,
In summer I eat Spruce Budworms for fun.
In the winter, I like to drink nectar
Using my curled, semi-tubular tongue.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Cape May Warbler

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017

Location: D. J. Wilcox Preserve

I am a Mangrove Tree Crab,
Not many of my kind live to be adults.
My larvae get eaten by filter feeders,
Very few hatch as the end result.

Sources: Wild South Florida - Mangrove Tree Crab

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

Location: Fort Pierce, D.J. Wilcox Preserve

I'm known as a Mangrove Root Crab.
I like to eat decaying plant matter.
I impress girls with my big, strong claws,
And my gonopod tallywhacker.

Sources: The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago - Goniopsis cruentata (Mangrove Root Crab)

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

Location: Fort Pierce, D.J. Wilcox Preserve

I'm known as a Marsh Rabbit,
I'm related to the Cottontail.
But I like to live in wetlands which makes my life
Imperiled by hurricanes and gales.

Sources: FWC Land Mammals - Marsh Rabbit

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

Location: Titusville, Enchanted Forest

I'm a baby Southern Toad,
I'm so small, it's hard to see me.
I hatch in the muck, and blend in so well,
I'm a virtual Houdini!

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017

Location: Titusville, Enchanted Forest

I am a male Black Swallowtail Butterfly.
When I'm a caterpillar I eat celery and dill.
As a butterfly, I like nectar from flowers,
Including milkweed, red clover and thistle.

Sources: Butterflies and Moths of North America - Black Swallowtail

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

Location: Garden Key, Dry Tortugas

I am a female Magnificent Frigatebird,
Formerly known as a Man-O-War,
I feed my young for over a year,
While my mate breeds with someone else, that cur!

Sources: Cornell Lab - Magnificent Frigatebird

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 8, 2017

Location: Garden Key, Dry Totugas

I am an Antillean Nighthawk,
Similar to Common Nighthawk and Chuck-wills-widow.
But you will only find me in Florida in the summertime,
In the winter, it's not known where I go.

Sources: Audubon Guide to North American Birds - Antillean Nighthawk

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 7, 2017

Location: Kissimmee Prairie State Park

I'm a Common Nighthawk
I'm known for my dramatic display flight.
Despite my name, I'm not a hawk,
And I'm crepuscular - I don't hang out at night.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Common Nighthawk

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017

Location: Sebastian, private residence

I'm a female Northern Cardinal.
Take a close look at my crest -
You can see I have white tips up there,
Those are new feathers, my hairs not messed!

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017

Location: Sebastian, private residence

I'm known as a Leatherleaf Slug,
I'm a snail without a shell.
I'm a hermaphrodite which means I can
Inseminate any slug, including myself!

Sources: UF/IFAS Featured Creatures - Terrestrial Slugs of Florida

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017

Location: Titusville, Enchanted Forest

Shown here is the beginning of detritus -
Which is organic matter that has decayed.
It is a vital link in the food chain -
To lower organisms it's veritable buffet!

Sources: Lake and Wetland Ecosystems - What is Detritus?

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 3, 2017

Location: Titusville, Enchanted Forest

This is Dotted Horsemint,
It attracts bees and butterflies.
It can be used in place of Thyme or Oregano,
If you want to add a little spice.

Sources: Florida Native Plant Society - Dotted Horsemint (monarda punctata)

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

Location: Vero, Riverside Park

I'm a Red-eyed Vireo,
In the summer, I sing incessantly.
I also snack on caterpillars,
Which I hunt for in tree canopies.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Red-eyed Vireo

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

Location: Vero, Riverside Park

I'm a Yellow-throated Vireo,
My back's olive green and I have two white wing bars.
I have a yellow throat from which I get my name,
And I like to eat fruit, seeds, and arthropods.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Yellow Throated Vireo

Photo and text © 2017 Dee Fairbanks Simpson