Saturday, January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

I am an Eastern Phoebe
I am a small passerine
When it rains I tend to stay hunkered down
So I don't need gaberdine. 

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/id
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passerine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaberdine

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

We are both Barred Yellow butterflies
Our underwing color can vary quite widely -
It changes by season and whether we're male or female
And our upper wings are colored brightly.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Eurema-daira
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/67324-Eurema-daira/browse_photos

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

I am known as a Brown Thrasher
I'm in the same family as Mockingbirds
Many ornithologists think I can sing better -
Mockingbirds get more credit they they deserve.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Thrasher/overview

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

I am known as a Bald Eagle
I've been in Florida since the late Pleistocene
Very few Bald Eagle fossils date from that time
Currently, they've only found around 17.

(Be sure to click the link below, very interesting article. I will have to hit the Florida Museum one of these days, haven't been there in years - maybe a post pandemic field trip!)
 
Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/florida-vertebrate-fossils/species/haliaeetus-leucocephalus/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

This is Narrowleaf Sunflower
It's not tolerant of brackish or salt water
Although similar to the Rayless Sunflower,
The Narrowleaf's ray florets are much broader.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-helianthus-angustifolius/
https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-helianthus-radula/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

I am a Gulf Fritillary
In Florida I float along like a soft summer breeze
And though I've expanded my range as far north as the Great Lakes
I am not able to tolerate a freeze.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.113004/Dione_vanillae

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 9, 2022

January 9, 2022

We are Brown-headed Cowbirds
My scientific name is Molothrus ater
We are partly responsible for the decline of some endangered birds
Because we are terrible maters and paters. 

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown-headed_Cowbird/overview#

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson