Friday, February 3, 2023

February 3, 2023

We are adult Sanderlings
Eating marine invertebrates is something we enjoy
We also chase waves and have fun, fun, fun,
Listening to the Beach Boys.

Location: Sebastian Inlet State Park

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, February 2, 2023

February 2, 2023

We are known as Black Vultures
Most humans think we're smelly and profane
But we actually spend much of our time preening 
And bathing in shallow water, and even in rain. 

Location: Goodwin Wildlife Management Area, Fellsmere

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/blkvul/cur/behavior#selfmaint (requires paid subscription - but totally worth it if you want information on ALL of the birds of the world!)

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

February 1, 2023

I am a male Vermilion Flycatcher
To impress a girl, I'll give her a butterfly
I carry large insects back to my perch
Where I whack them till they're tenderized.

Location: Goodwin Wildlife Management Area, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Vermilion_Flycatcher/lifehistory#food

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Tuesday, January 31, 2023

January 31, 2023

I am a Florida Scrub-Jay
The lower part of my leg can no longer be seen
I most likely lost it to a predator
Now I go by the name Eileen.

FYI, this bird appears to be healthy, is eating well, gets along with its family, can fly and land, and is able to put weight on the remaining stump. 

(Shout out to Chelsea for suggesting a name for this bird! )

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Florida_Scrub-Jay/id

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 30, 2023

January 30, 2023

I am a Florida Scrub-Jay
My tail looks striped here, but it is not
It is actually just an odd shadow
But I tell friends my dad is a hawk. 

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Florida_Scrub-Jay/id

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 29, 2023

January 29, 2023

I am a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
I have a brush-tipped tongue
I create and maintain sapwell farms
Which are shared with everyone
Including Hummingbirds, bats and porcupines
We all like that sappy, sweet fun.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.blog.sawmillriveraudubon.org/the-tongue-tells-the-tale/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 28, 2023

January 28, 2023

I am a male Yellow-rumped Warbler, 
My breeding plumage is starting to show
Soon, I'll have larger, bold streaks on my underside
Then a wife and baby before you know!

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/id

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson