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Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018

Location: Mt Dora, Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area

I am either a female or immature Indigo Bunting
It would be easier if I were a bright blue breeding male.
But you can still tell I'm an Indigo by the shape of my beak,
And faintest hint of blue on my tail.

Sources: Cornell Lab - Indigo Bunting

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

Location: Mt Dora, Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area

I am a female Tramea carolina
Or, Carolina Saddlebag more commonly.
I have bright spots on my wings that look like saddlebags,
And am one of the few dragonflies that are migratory.

Sources: Field Guide to Migratory Dragonflies

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

Location: Mt Dora, Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area

I'm a Short-tailed Hawk from a long way away
You can see that my primaries are kinda snowy
The wing linings are dark, but my defining mark,
Is the fact that my tail is short, it's not showy.

Sources: Interview, David Simpson

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

Location: Mt Dora, Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area

I am an American Alligator
My nostrils face upwards on my snout.
This means I can swim while I'm mostly submerged
Thus hiding my disquieting pout.

Sources: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - American Alligator

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

Location: Mt Dora, Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area

I'm an American Bald Eagle,
Even though I'm very high up in the sky
You can easily ID me by my white tail and head
As I go soaring by.

Sources: Hawk Mountain Raptorpedia - Bald Eagle

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018

Location: Leesburg, Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area

This is known as Hackberry
Sugarberry is another common name
The birds all think it's tiny, sweet fruit,
Tastes yummy either way.

Sources:  Florida Native Plant Society - Celtis laevigata

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 10, 2018

Location: Leesburg, Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area

I am a Danaus gilippus
Better known as the Queen Butterfly
I'm mostly chestnut-orange with black trim,
With spots on my wings and body that are white.

Sources: Butterflies and Moths of North America - Queen Danaus gillippus

Photo and text © 2018 Dee Fairbanks Simpson