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

Friday, January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021

I am a Crested Caracara,
To find me, look for some Vultures
I sometimes like to have dinner with them
Where we chat about carrion culture.

Location: West Cocoa

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021

I am known as a Red-shouldered Hawk, 
Compare me to to yesterday's Coopers. 
My tail is nowhere as long as his, 
And he is better at fancy flight maneuvers.

Location: West Cocoa

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/species-compare/60324921

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

I am known as a Cooper's Hawk
My favorite food is birds
I sometimes hang around bird feeders
Where sweet, tasty birds are served.

(True story: A few years ago, I was watching a large group of birds at my feeders and a bunch of doves on the ground below. I looked away for a moment, and when I looked back, there was just one bird out in my yard. I was wondering where my birds had gone, till I realized that the one bird remaining was a Cooper's Hawk!)

Location: West Cocoa

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

I am a Little Blue Heron
I was not effected by the plume trade.
Other herons have fancier feathers
Luckily hats with feathers are now old and cliched.

Location: West Cocoa

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/little-blue-heron

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021

I am known as a White Peacock
I stay low to the ground cause that's where my food is
Sometimes I pollinate Biden's Alba (shown here)
Depending on what my mood is. 

Location: Fellsmere Grade Road, Fellsmere

Sources: https://flawildflowers.org/know-your-native-pollinators-white-peacock/

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 3, 2021

January 3, 2021

I am a Great Blue Heron
I'm coming into my breeding look
Soon I'll stretch my neck and fluff up my feathers
And the girl herons will be totally hooked. 

Location: Fellsmere Grade Road, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 2, 2021

January 2, 2021

I am an Ocola Skipper
My forewings are much longer than my hind
In Florida you can find me all year long
If you look hard and are so inclined.

Location: Fellsmere Grade Road, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Panoquina-ocola

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, January 1, 2021

January 1, 2021

I am a Dorantes Longtail
I like to live in areas that are disturbed. 
Although the Biden's Alba shown here is native
In disturbed areas, exotic plants are often observed.

Location: Fellsmere Grade Road, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Andes%20-%20Urbanus%20dorantes.htm

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson