Saturday, January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

I am an Eastern Phoebe
I am a small passerine
When it rains I tend to stay hunkered down
So I don't need gaberdine. 

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/id
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passerine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaberdine

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

We are both Barred Yellow butterflies
Our underwing color can vary quite widely -
It changes by season and whether we're male or female
And our upper wings are colored brightly.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Eurema-daira
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/67324-Eurema-daira/browse_photos

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

I am known as a Brown Thrasher
I'm in the same family as Mockingbirds
Many ornithologists think I can sing better -
Mockingbirds get more credit they they deserve.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

I am known as a Bald Eagle
I've been in Florida since the late Pleistocene
Very few Bald Eagle fossils date from that time
Currently, they've only found around 17.

(Be sure to click the link below, very interesting article. I will have to hit the Florida Museum one of these days, haven't been there in years - maybe a post pandemic field trip!)
 
Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/florida-vertebrate-fossils/species/haliaeetus-leucocephalus/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

This is Narrowleaf Sunflower
It's not tolerant of brackish or salt water
Although similar to the Rayless Sunflower,
The Narrowleaf's ray florets are much broader.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-helianthus-angustifolius/
https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-helianthus-radula/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022

I am a Gulf Fritillary
In Florida I float along like a soft summer breeze
And though I've expanded my range as far north as the Great Lakes
I am not able to tolerate a freeze.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.113004/Dione_vanillae

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 9, 2022

January 9, 2022

We are Brown-headed Cowbirds
My scientific name is Molothrus ater
We are partly responsible for the decline of some endangered birds
Because we are terrible maters and paters. 

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown-headed_Cowbird/overview#

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Saturday, January 8, 2022

January 8, 2022

I am a nymph of a Red-shouldered Bug
When I'm an adult I will have more black
You can find me feeding under a tree
I'm harmless, just looking for seed snacks.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/trees/jadera_bugs.htm

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

I am known as a Painted Bunting
My mate and I are sexually dimorphic
We make an odd couple like Oscar and Felix
But would make us anthropomorphic.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_dimorphism

Thursday, January 6, 2022

January 6, 2022

Speaking of invasive exotics*
This is known as Brazilian Pepper
Do not be fooled by it's pretty look, 
It is a Florida native plant wrecker.

* See yesterday's blog about Air Potato

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/schinus-terebinthifolia/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

January 5, 2022

This is known as an Air Potato
It is one of Florida's most invasive exotic species
They can grow at up to 8 inches a day
And are prohibited - you must NEVER breed these.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/dioscorea-bulbifera/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

January 4, 2022

I am known as a Loggerhead Shrike
I spend most of my time hunting
I need prey for food and to feed my young
And to convince girl Shrikes they should hump me.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 3, 2022

January 3, 2022

This is Largeflower Mexican Clover
It is a perennial herb
In Florida, it's a class II exotic
And it grows well in areas that are disturbed.

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/EP610

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 2, 2022

January 2, 2022

This is Savannah False Pimpernel
It's low-growing and forms a mat
It has two lips, one purple, three white
And five linear sepals (like bracts.)

(Make sure you check out the wikipedial Glossary of Botanical Terms linked below, I find it a great resource.)

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-lindernia-grandiflora/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_botanical_terms

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 1, 2022

January 1, 2022

I am a feral Muscovy Duck
I have a lek mating system
I wag my tail and show off my crest
The girl ducks say, "Oooh I just can't resist him!"

Location: Cocoa Christmas Bird Count

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/news/what-heck-lek-quirkiest-mating-party-earth

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson