Tuesday, October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020


I am known as a Loggerhead Shrike,
I impale my prey but for different reasons:
If prey is toxic, I impale it to bake poison out,
I also impale to impress girls if it is breeding season.

Location: Fellsmere Stick Marsh

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Loggerhead_Shrike/lifehistory

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

I am a Spotted Sandpiper
When I was a chick I was precocial
I was able to walk when I was 4 hours old
By 18 days, I could fly and was fully mobile.

Location: Fellsmere Stick Marsh

Sources: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Actitis_macularius/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precociality

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

I am a Great Blue Heron
My legs are long and my body's big and round
You might think that I'm big and fat, 
But I only weight 5 to 6 pounds.

Like all birds, Great Blue Herons keep their weight down by having hollow bones.

Location: Fellsmere Stick Marsh

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

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, October 17, 2020

October 17, 2020

I am a female Boat-tailed Grackle
I like to eat stuff that I find in the water
Such as tadpoles, frogs, mussels and shrimp
But sometimes I also eat other birds sons and daughters

Location: Fellsmere Stick Marsh

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/boat-tailed-grackle

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

I am a Red-bellied Woodpecker
I was altricial when I was born
My mom and dad took care of me for about 10 weeks
Then made me leave the nest - that's just the norm. 

Location: Fellsmere Stick Marsh

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altriciality
https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Melanerpes_carolinus/

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

I'm known as a Limpkin, 
I can be found from Florida to Argentina
My body is large and brown with white spots
But my legs are long and lithe like a ballerina.

Location: Fellsmere, Stick Marsh

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

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020

I am a male Carolina Wren, 
I am small and can be hard to see
Allegedly I sing a tea-kettle-tea-kettle song
But I sing a lot and my song varies frequently.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park,

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Wren/sounds

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson