Tuesday, June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

These shells all used to contain critters
In the Ambleminae Subfamily
Until some Limpkins ate their dinner
In a method most clammily.

Location: Goodwin Wildlife Management Area, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3701492 (To read this article, you have to sign up for a free JSTOR account. This lets you read 100 free articles every month. I haven't read this entire article, but JSTOR is a very cool reference tool, and you never know what you find there. Highly recommend.

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

This plant is Oleander
It's commonly eaten by the Polka-dot Wasp Moth
It is toxic to many other species
And is mentioned in a Steely Dan song.

Location: Veteran's Memorial Park, Vero Beach

Sources: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/trees-and-shrubs/shrubs/oleander.html

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, June 20, 2021

June 20, 2021

I am a mom Wild Turkey
These babies might not be all mine
Another mom might have dumped their eggs on my nest
Twas not by mistake, it was by design.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021

I am a Nanday Parakeet
I'm a small, neotropical parrot
I'm mostly green, with a black hood and blue neck
And my legs look a little embarrassed.

Location: Fort De Soto State Park

Sources: https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=8B85CB2CE26DDCE4

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

I am a Snowy Egret
As always, I'm ever so chic
I even have black-painted toenails
On my otherwise bright yellow feet.

(Zoom in on the feet - I've taken hundreds of photos of these guys and never noticed the black toenail polish before!)

Location: Fort De Soto State Park

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, June 17, 2021

June 17, 2021

I am known as a Laughing Gull
I'm mostly found on the coast
I wear a black hood when I'm breeding
The girls all think I am the most!

Location: Fort De Soto State Park

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson