Friday, January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

We are Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
You might find us in fields eating harvested grain waste.
We also gather in large groups in ponds surrounded by trees
Where we party loudly without social restraints.

Location: West Cocoa

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-bellied-whistling-duck

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

I am a Greater Yellowlegs, 
I'm tall, have spots and am somewhat lanky
The spots are light colored but get darker
When I'm in the mood for some hanky-panky.

Location: West Cocoa

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Greater_Yellowlegs/id

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

I am known as a Killdeer
I have a large range but I don't like cold weather
When the temperature falls under 50 degrees
I'll migrate south to warm up my feathers.

Location: West Cocoa

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

I am known as a Limpkin,
Snails' what I love to be eatin'
I'm not a social bird and hang out alone
Except during breading season.

Location: West Cocoa

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

I am known as a Wood Stork, 
From afar, you might mistake me for a large heron
But in flight I'm known to extend my neck - 
Herons don't, which make our differences apparent.

Location: West Cocoa

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

I am known as a European Starling
My color, shape and beak make me unique visually
I am known to mimic the sound of other birds calls, 
If you ID me by sound, you might be wrong initially.

Location: West Cocoa

Sources: https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/smsfp/IRLspec/sturnus_vulgaris.htm

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

I am a Northern Mockingbird
In the spring and summer I eat insects like ants
In the fall and winter I eat more berries
And other tasty fruits from plants.

Location: West Cocoa

Sources: https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Birds/Northern-Mockingbird

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson