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Saturday, March 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

Location: Ocala National Forest

This is known as Spanish Moss,
Although it not moss, nor is it from Spain.
It's tiny, grey scales can hold water
To keep it alive during times of no rain.

Sources: 10 Things You Should Know About Spanish Moss

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

Location: Ocala National Forest

This is known as Mistletoe
It's a parasite that grows on trees
It steals water and minerals from its host
Which is how in the winter it can stay green.

Sources: How Mistletoe Became Everyone's Favorite Parasite

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

Location: Ocala National Forest

I am an American Goldfinch
I'm either immature or a non-breeding female.
If I was male I'd have more yellow on me
And black on my head, wings and tail.

Sources: Cornell Labs All About Birds - American Goldfinch

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Location: Ocala National Forest

I am a Tufted Titmouse
Shown here in a better light
I have a dark patch just above my beak
My wings are gray and my tummy is white.

Sources: Cornell Labs All About Birds - Tufted Titmouse

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019

Location: Ocala National Forest

I am a Tufted Titmouse
You can ID me by my silhouette.
My head looks like a tiny version of
A Blue Jay's head with a pointy crest.

Sources: Cornell Lab All About Birds - Tufted Titmouse

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Location: Palm Coast, Waterfront Park

I am a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Males have a red throat, but mine is white.
I use my tail for balance
When perching on trees upright.

Sources: Cornell Lab All About Birds - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019

Location: Ocala National Forest

I am a Red-headed Woodpecker
I catch insects by pecking on trees.
I also catch insects in flight,
And occasionally eat fruit and seeds.

Sources: Cornell Lab All About Birds - Red-headed Woodpecker

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson