Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 1, 2022

I am a Black-and-white Warbler
You usually find me high up in trees
Where I like to hunt bugs and insects
But I breed on the ground amongst fallen leaves.

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-and-white_Warbler/overview

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, September 30, 2022

September 30, 2022

I am an adult male Prairie Warbler
I like to pick insects from branches and leaves
If I am a migrant, I breed throughout the eastern US
If I'm resident, I breed in Florida Mangrove trees.

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Prairie_Warbler/maps-range

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, September 29, 2022

September 29, 2022

I am a Cape May Warbler
My population goes up and down
It's down when insects in northern forests are scarce
When there's more food my population rebounds,

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/cape-may-warbler

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022

We are known as a Blue Jays
We look like we've both been through a wringer
We might look revolting, but we are just molting
In a few months, we will both be humdingers!

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/news/understanding-basics-bird-molts

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Tuesday, September 27, 2022

September 27. 2022

I am a Southern Yellow-winged Grasshopper
I've bright yellow hind wings, but you can't see them here
I look like a rock, and you might be in shock
When I jump and bright yellow appears!

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/ghopper/band.pdf

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

I am a Longhorn Band-wing Grasshopper
I like sandy places like river banks and dunes
In the south my wings are orange to red
My friends in New Englands wings have a yelllowish hue.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/9542

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, September 25, 2022

September 25, 2022

This is Asclepias pedicellata,
Also known as Savannah Milkweed
Butterflies and caterpillars like the plant
But there's not much to eat now that it's gone to seed.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-asclepias-pedicellata/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson