Thursday, January 26, 2023

January 26, 2023

I am am Eastern Meadowlark
I'm known to mate in a polygynous style
I have a territory that I defend for multiple mates
Using charm, jump flights, and my wile.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

January 25, 2023

I am a Savannah Sparrow
I've got a short tail and I've got pink beak
My head is comparatively smaller than my body
But sometimes I raise my crown feathers into a peak.

(Cornell doesn't explain why they raise their crown feathers, but sometimes I wear a high ponytail to make me look taller, so I am guessing that raising the crown feathers is done for the same reason.) 

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

January 24, 2023

I am probably a Tigrosa annexa
It's difficult to tell without a close shot of my eyes
But I'm definitely in the family of Wolf Spiders
Based on location and size.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/747000

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 23, 2023

January 23, 2023

This was a Dorantes Longtail
Now the victim of a swinging screen door
Butterflies are generally quite fragile things
And would never make it in the Marine Corp.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Urbanus-dorantes

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 22, 2023

January 22, 2023

I am an Eastern Towhee
My mate and I are often victims of Cowbirds
They steal our eggs
And throw them away
And leave their eggs in our nest, those cowards!

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 21, 2023

January 21, 2023

I am a Salt Marsh moth caterpillar
In Canada, I can be a crop pest
I am named for the Salt-grass hay I eat in Boston
I more often eat veggies, but I like Pigweed the best.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/saltmarsh_caterpillar.htm

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson


Friday, January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

I am a Troglodytes aedon
Known as a House Wren, more commonly
"Trōglē" comes the Greek word that means "hole"
I'm known to nest in woodpecker cavities.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Troglodytes_aedon/
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troglodyte

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson