Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November 30, 2022

I am a non-breeding Red-winged Blackbird
You can tell I'm non-breeding cause my shoulder's not red
Although at the moment I'm hanging out at the water treatment park,
When I'm not breeding, I usually prefer places that are not wet.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/lifehistory

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

I am a Black-crowned Night-Heron
I like swamps, streams, and lakes overgrown with rushes
You might hear a harsh squawk or a rattling bill
That's just my mate and I having a discussion.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-crowned_Night-Heron/sounds

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, November 28, 2022

November 28, 2022

I am an immature White-crowned Sparrow
You can ID me by the bold stripes on my head
I've got a yellow bill,
And eat my fill
Of seeds, fruits and insects - I am very well fed.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-crowned_Sparrow/photo-gallery/297929211

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, November 27, 2022

November 27, 2022

I am known as a Pig Frog
A Snowy Egret promised me a ride
But he knows that I'm afraid of heights, 
So he told me that he'd let me ride inside!

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/pigfrog.shtml

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, November 26, 2022

November 26, 2022

I am known as a Snowy Egret
I'm having a Pig Frog for a light dinner
He doesn't taste like ham, but I know what I am:
An aquatic animal-eating practitioner

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, November 25, 2022

November 25, 2022

I am known as an Eastern Phoebe
I'm known to share nests with Barn Swallows
I migrate and come back, and reuse the same nest
And the Swallows use my nest for the season that follows.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, November 24, 2022

November 24, 2022

I am known as a Common Gallinule
To see my best feature you have to look close
It's not my beak, my shield, my plumage or legs
But look at my lobed, crazy-cool toes!

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

I am known as a Southern Toad
You can find me near humans,  I am urbanized
You can tell I'm not an invasive Cane Toad
By the ridges that end in bumps behind my eyes.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Sebastian

Sources: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-herps/florida-frog-calls/southern-toad/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

November 22, 2022

I am an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly
I'm so popular I've been on two US postage stamps
I have some black stripes and on the edge of my wings
I'm otherwise bright yellow like a thousand lumen lamp.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/tiger_swallowtail.htm

Monday, November 21, 2022

November 21, 2022

I am a Turkey Vulture
Sometimes in the morning it's cold
So I spread out my wings to warm myself up
While dreaming of modeling for a totem pole.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Spread-Wing_Postures.html

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, November 20, 2022

November 20, 2022

I am known as a Purple Gallinule
You might confuse me with a Grey-headed Swamphen
But my shield is blue,
I wear yellow stockings and shoes,
The Swamphen's shield, legs and feet are cayenne.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/IR/00/00/34/26/00001/UW31500.pdf

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, November 19, 2022

November 19, 2022

We are young Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
We know that this might sound bad
But despite what our mama tells us
We don't think this Tricolored Heron's our dad.

(My apologies - but when I saw this scene, it just looked so... salacious to me.)

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-amazing-world-hybrid-birds
https://www.thespruce.com/how-do-birds-mate-386108

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

I am a Black-and-white Warbler
I'm small, but can be quite territorial
I'll sing while chasing other birds away
I sound sweet even when feeling adversarial.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, November 17, 2022

November 17, 2022

I am a male Gray Wall Jumping Spider
I'm mostly black in the middle of my abdomen
I eat things you despise
Like mosquitoes and flies
So if you see me, consider it a good omen!

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/jumping_spiders.htm

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022

I am an Ornate Bella Moth
I can be found from Nebraska down to the Antilles
When I was a pupae I rested under a layer of silk
Which, although pretty, was not lace from Chantilly. 

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/leps/bella_moth.htm

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

November 15, 2022

We are non-breeding Western Palm Warblers
One of us is having a bad hair day
Wind is not always kind to birds
And no opposable thumbs means no hairspray!

Locations: Dubois Park, Jupiter, Orlando Wetlands, Christmas FL,

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Monday, November 14, 2022

November 14, 2022

I am known as a Blackpoll Warbler
I'm not endangered, but I'm in steep decline
Because I breed in boreal forests where
Logging and mining companies have more say than I.

Location: Sebastian Inlet State Park

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, November 13, 2022

November 13, 2022

I am a female Red-legged Honeycreeper
I've got a slightly curved beak
I'm uncommon but widespread in Amazonia
And my mate's far more colorful than me.

Location: Sebastian Inlet State Park

Sources: https://www.peruaves.org/thraupidae/red-legged-honeycreeper-cyanerpes-cyaneus/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, November 12, 2022

November 12, 2022

I an immature female Cape May Warbler
If I was male or adult I would be more yellow
I've got a short bill and tail, 
But I'm built to scale, 
When I grow up, I'll be the same size as my fellow.

Location: Dubois Park, Jupiter

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, November 11, 2022

November 11, 2022

This is a Shrubby False Buttonweed
It's somewhat of a sticky wicket
On the one hand it's invasive and can grow pretty fast, 
But it looks so pretty you just want to pick it.
And it's nectar attracts the Larra bicolor, 
Which biologically controls non-native mole crickets.

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/research/weedsbyflowercolor/white/spermacoceverticillata

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Get Dee at 8 a.m. by E-mail!

I posted quite a while back that my email feed was being discontinued because the app I was using to manage it was obsoleted. So, I had to find a way to enable people to still follow me via email. 

In other news, over the summer, when it looked like my day job might be going away, I set up my blog on Patreon in case I needed money. (For those of you not familiar with it, Patreon is a site you can use to monetarily support writers and artists. There are different tiers that you can choose to support with different benefits at each tier level.)

So, when I was setting up Patreon, I realized that there was also a free level - if you choose to just "Follow" a creator, anything the creator posts for Public use is delivered to followers as email. 

To get my blog delivered to your email every day, here's what to do. (Note: If you already have a Patreon account, login to patreon and start at step 9): 
  1. Go to http://Patreon.com.
  2. Click the Get Started button.
  3. When prompted, click the Not a Creator? Click here instead link, shown here highlighted in red:
































  4. When prompted, enter the required information (name, email, and create a password). 
  5. Click the Sign up button.
  6. When Patreon opens, at the top of the screen, click the Verify Email button.
  7. Go to your email, and open the email from Patreon. If you don't see the email, check your junk mail folder.
  8. Click the link in the email, which will take you back to Patreon.
  9. Back in Patreon, click the Find Creator button on the left hand side of the screen.
  10. Enter Deeat8am where it says to enter the creator, then click on my blog.



















  11. When my blog comes up, scroll down a little till you see the Follow button, then click it.
  12. You will be presented with options to pay by tier. You do NOT have to pay. At least not until I quit my day job. Or, unless you really want to send me money every month. I will be starting to post Patreon only content soon. 
Note that even though Patreon is mostly intended to make money, Dee at 8 a.m. (my basic daily blog) will always be free, no matter where you access it from. 

Thanks as so much for supporting my blog!

November 10, 2022

I am a Pachodynerus nasidens
But my friends call me Keyhole Wasp, 
I look a bit like Pachodynerus pulverulentus
But I live in Florida and they do not.

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/103943

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

November 9, 2022

I am a Magnolia Warbler
You can tell by the bold, dark streaks on my tummy
I have a small beak, my call sounds like "zeep"
And I think spiders and caterpillars taste yummy.

Location: Riverside Park, Vero

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

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Tuesday, November 8, 2022

November 8, 2022

I am a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
I've shifted my nesting grounds 200 miles north
This is attributed to climate change
Which needs to stop being ignored.

Location: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue-gray_Gnatcatcher/overview

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, November 7, 2022

November 7, 2022

I am an Orange-spotted Flower Moth
Some people also call me Red-waisted
I have both orange spots and a red waist
So I'm cool with my names being conflated.

Location: My house, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Syngamia-florella

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, November 6, 2022

November 6, 2022

I am a White-roped Glaphyria Moth, 
My wings have distinctive wavy white lines
I commonly am drawn to porch lights,
And I have ridiculously large, crazy eyes.*

Note: Check out the article below to see photos of their crazy big eyes.

Location: My house, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/view/6643

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, November 5, 2022

November 5, 2022

I'm a type of Spur-throated Grasshopper
I'm mostly green with yellowish dabs.
I got my name, for the spur 'tween my legs,
And checkout my 6-pack abs!

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/ghopper/spur1.pdf

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson





Friday, November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

This plant is Verbesina virginica var. laciniata
Commonly known as Frostweed
It's fruit's called cypsela or (incorrectly) achene
Still, it's the part of the plant that bears a seed

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=VEVIL

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, November 3, 2022

November 3, 2022

This is Ludwigia peruviana
It's invasive and spreads prolifically
It's hydrophobic and can germinate while floating
And can produce millions of seeds.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/ludwigia-peruviana/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

November 2, 2022

This is Cephalanthus occidentalis
More commonly known as Buttonbush
It's blossoms are white or pink 1-inch globes
Which, when 2 are together look like a small tush. 

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ceoc2

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November 1, 2022

This is Broadleaf Arrowhead
Its arrowhead-shaped leaves have pointed lobes
It has white, three-petaled flowers
That stand much taller than the leaves grow.

Location: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, FL

Sources: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/sagittaria-latifolia/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson