Wednesday, February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

I am a Common Gallinule
I have a secret you might not catch
If you look really close
My legs and my nose
Are both candy-corn colored, what a match!

Note: This is silly - I've been taking pictures of these guys for years and never noticed before that their legs and beaks have a matching color scheme!

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Gallinule/id

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024

I am known as a Woodstork
I have iridescent feathers you don't always see
But when the sun hits them right,
The color's outtasight!
That Spoonbill's got nothing on me.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Stork

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Monday, February 19, 2024

February 19, 2024

I am known as a Yellow-throated warbler
Although for the life of me, I can't figure out why
When I look down, I see a big white tummy
And I see black and white when I look side-to-side.

Location: Jones' Pier, Vero

Sources:  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-throated_Warbler/overview#

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

February 18, 2024

This plant is known as Sour or Bitter Orange
It is used as rootstock for citrus plants
Its fruit can be used
In marmalade and booze
It's very sour if you want to take the chance.

Location: Captain Forster's Hammock

Sources: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/citrus-reticulata-syn-c-sinensis/

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

February 17, 2024

This plant is known as Mother-in-law's Tongue
Among many other things -
It is also known as viper's bowstring hemp
Because it's fiber is used for bowstrings.

Location: Captain Forster's Hammock

Sources: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b617

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Friday, February 16, 2024

February 16, 2024

I am a male Violet-Tailed Sylph
My tail is long, forked, and violet blue
I seek higher altitudes
When flowers bloom
Like most critters, I follow the food.

This week I have been featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon TONIGHT Friday, February 16. Hope to see you there!

Location: Sachatamia Lodge, Ecuador

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/vitsyl1/cur/introduction?login

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

February 15, 2024

We are a family of Torrent Ducks
So named for where we like to hang out
We eat insect larvae
On fast-moving streams
We compete for food with introduced trout.

This week I am featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon on Friday, February 16. Go here for details and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/space-coast-audubon-meetup/events/298994284/

Location: Cosanga, Ecuador

Sources: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Merganetta_armata/

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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