Friday, July 19, 2024

July 19, 2024

I am known as a Yellow Warbler
I have a chestnut streaked breast and bright yellow head
I have big eyes
So it's a surprise
I sometimes get caught in spider webs!

Location: Pipe Creek Wildlife Area,  Sandusky, OH

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Thursday, July 18, 2024

July 18, 2024

I'm an American Goldfinch
I'm attracted to native Thistles and Milkweed
I'm a frequent visitor to most styles of feeders
And I love Nyjer and Sunflower seed.

Location: Pipe Creek Wildlife Area,  Sandusky, OH

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

July 17, 2024

This is knows as a Princess Tree
It's pretty, but that's the extent of it's charm
It is messy, fast growing, and has very week wood
And is invasive - do not plant in your yard!

Location: Pipe Creek Wildlife Area,  Sandusky, OH

Sources: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/paulownia-tomentosa/

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

July 16, 2024

This plant is Hesperis matronalis
Commonly known as Dame's Rocket
It is pretty but should never be planted or bought -
In America, it's an invasive exotic.

Location: Pipe Creek Wildlife Area,  Sandusky, OH

Sources: https://www.invasive.org/alien/pubs/midatlantic/hema.htm

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Monday, July 15, 2024

July 15, 2024

We are known as Tree Swallows
You can tell we're male by our sparkly blue heads
We nest in both trees and nest boxes
Which help scientists study our trends.

Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Benton Township, Ohio

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

July 14, 2024

We are both Red-winged Blackbirds
But only my mate lives up to our name
I can be mistaken for 1000 other birds
By no-talent birders like Dee who are lame.

Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Benton Township (female), Ohio;  Pipe Creek Wildlife Area, Sandusky, OH (male)

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/id

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

July 13, 2024

I am known as a Fox Squirrel
I'm an omnivore but prefer nuts and seeds
When I run afoul
Of hawks and owls
I'm agile and can escape in the trees.

Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Benton Township, Ohio

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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