Tuesday, August 9, 2022

August 9, 2022

I am known as an Oak Toad
I blend in well with my surroundings
Hognose and Garter snakes both like to eat me
It's good my camouflage can be confounding.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, August 8, 2022

August 8, 2022

I am a Proctacanthus heros
I am a type of robber fly
I have a tiny "beak" on which I impale prey
Which includes Cicadas, Wasps, and Horseflies.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://gophertortoisecouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104:sandhill-robbers&catid=31

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, August 7, 2022

August 7, 2022

This is a feather from a Northern Flicker
Pigmentation is based on the bird's diet
Metabolic processes also contribute -
It's easier to be natural than to try to tie-dye it.

Special thanks to today's guest photographer, David Simpson.

Location: Little League Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/norfli/cur/appearance

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Saturday, August 6, 2022

August 6, 2022

This is a Black Vulture feather
The second photo shows several
Although it looks like some vultures exploded, 
They just molted, it's nothing distressful.

Location: Little League Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/the-basics-feather-molt/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Friday, August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022

This is Paraguayan Purslane
It was first recorded in the US in the 1950's
It grows quite well in disturbed sites
From pastures to parking lots in the middle of cities.

Location: South Carolina Ave, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41966600

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, August 4, 2022

August 4, 2022

I am a young Cooper's Hawk
When I get older, my head will be darker
Right now I'm a warm reddish-brown color
But my long, striped tail's an identifying marker.

Location: South Carolina Ave, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

August 3, 2022

This is known as Shoestring Fern
It can grow from 1 to 23 inches
It is Epiphytic and grows on palm trees
And it's long green strands are reminiscent of Grinches.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: http://floranorthamerica.org/Vittaria_lineata

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

August 2, 2022

I am a Common Nighthawk
I have a tiny beak and big black eyes
When I sit on a snag the same color as me
I become a master of disguise.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, August 1, 2022

August 1, 2022

This photograph was taken
Just a few days after a wild fire
But do not despair, it's not a bad thing
For many species, fire's required*

Note all of the green in the photo
This is new plants already coming back up
The Scrub Jays who live here safely left and came back
To feast on the insects who, post-fire,  erupt!

* Special thanks to Sammy McGee for introducing me to the term "fire required". Please make sure you click the link for a great article that describes the benefits of fire

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/media/sfylifasufledu/pinellas/natural-resources/The-Benefits-of-Fire.pdf

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson