Wednesday, February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

I am a Common Gallinule
I have a secret you might not catch
If you look really close
My legs and my nose
Are both candy-corn colored, what a match!

Note: This is silly - I've been taking pictures of these guys for years and never noticed before that their legs and beaks have a matching color scheme!

Location: Orlando Wetlands

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

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024

I am known as a Woodstork
I have iridescent feathers you don't always see
But when the sun hits them right,
The color's outtasight!
That Spoonbill's got nothing on me.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Stork

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Monday, February 19, 2024

February 19, 2024

I am known as a Yellow-throated warbler
Although for the life of me, I can't figure out why
When I look down, I see a big white tummy
And I see black and white when I look side-to-side.

Location: Jones' Pier, Vero

Sources:  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-throated_Warbler/overview#

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

February 18, 2024

This plant is known as Sour or Bitter Orange
It is used as rootstock for citrus plants
Its fruit can be used
In marmalade and booze
It's very sour if you want to take the chance.

Location: Captain Forster's Hammock

Sources: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/citrus-reticulata-syn-c-sinensis/

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

February 17, 2024

This plant is known as Mother-in-law's Tongue
Among many other things -
It is also known as viper's bowstring hemp
Because it's fiber is used for bowstrings.

Location: Captain Forster's Hammock

Sources: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b617

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Friday, February 16, 2024

February 16, 2024

I am a male Violet-Tailed Sylph
My tail is long, forked, and violet blue
I seek higher altitudes
When flowers bloom
Like most critters, I follow the food.

This week I have been featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon TONIGHT Friday, February 16. Hope to see you there!

Location: Sachatamia Lodge, Ecuador

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/vitsyl1/cur/introduction?login

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

February 15, 2024

We are a family of Torrent Ducks
So named for where we like to hang out
We eat insect larvae
On fast-moving streams
We compete for food with introduced trout.

This week I am featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon on Friday, February 16. Go here for details and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/space-coast-audubon-meetup/events/298994284/

Location: Cosanga, Ecuador

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

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

February 14, 2024


I am a Chestnut-breasted Coronet
I'm green on my head and back
My tummy is chestnut colored
And my beak is pointy and black.

This week am featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon on Friday, February 16. Go here for details and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/space-coast-audubon-meetup/events/298994284/

Location: La Brisa hummingbird feeders, Ecuador

Sources: https://www.peruaves.org/trochilidae/chestnut-breasted-coronet-boissonneaua-matthewsii/

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

February 13, 2024

I am a Black-chinned Mountain Tanager, 
My head is black with a small yellow patch
I forage the canopy looking for fruit and bugs
I also eat bugs from midair that I catch!

This week I am featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon on Friday, February 16. Go here for details and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/space-coast-audubon-meetup/events/298994284/

Location: Reserva Amagusa, Ecuador

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/bcmtan2/cur/behavior

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Monday, February 12, 2024

February 12, 2024

I am a female Black-cheeked Woodpecker
I would be male if my whole crown would be red
We both have heavily barred tummies
And peck and hammer on trees that are dead.

Location: Sendero Frutti Tour & Birdwatching, Ecuador

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/blcwoo1/cur/introduction

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

February 11, 2024

I am known as a Cinnamon Flycatcher
I'm cinnamon colored with orange wing bars
I've got a little yellow patch on the top of my head
My rattling trill call is one more of my charms.

This week I will be featuring birds from our trip to Ecuador to get you psyched up for mine and David's free presentation to Space Coast Audubon on Friday, February 16. Go here for details and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/space-coast-audubon-meetup/events/298994284/

Location: CabaƱas San Isidro, Ecuador

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/cinfly2/cur/introduction

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

February 10, 2024

I am a male Andean Emerald
You can tell cause my head is blue
My mate's head is green
We are able to breed
From Columbia all the way to Peru.

Location: Sachatamia Lodge, Ecuador

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/andeme1/cur/introduction

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Friday, February 9, 2024

February 9, 2024

This plant is known as Nickerbean
It is native to Malaysia and South Thailand
It has sharp spines and thorns on its stem and its fruit
And can leave scratches and scrapes on thy hands. 

Location: Captain Forster's Hammock

Sources: https://www.flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-guilandina-bonduc/

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

February 8, 2024

This is a Centipede Grass Orchid
It has white flowers, each with one yellow lip
It is a weed,
Brought in with grass seeds
It's tiny and can easily be totally eclipsed.

Location: Captain Forster's Hammock

Sources: https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/charlotteco/2019/02/19/orchids-underfoot/

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

February 7, 2024

I am a Least Sandpiper
I think my name is a bit of canard - 
My stature is small
But I'd rather be called:
"Tern who's not large, but tries really hard"

(Thanks to Chelsea M.  for the suggested name change for "least" birds!)

Location: Titusville, FL

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

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

February 6, 2024

I am known as a Bonaparte's Gull
I was named for a cousin of Napoleon
Charles-Lucien Bonaparte wrote 4 volumes of American Ornithology, a task most herculean. 

Location: Titusville, FL

Sources: https://www.lindahall.org/about/news/scientist-of-the-day/charles-lucien-bonaparte/

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Monday, February 5, 2024

February 5, 2024


I am known as a Ruddy Turnstone
For me, being fat is a good thing
My body is fueled by fat, not carbs
So I need fat to migrate north in the spring. 

Location: Titusville, FL

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

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Sunday, February 4, 2024

February 4, 2024

I am known as a Sanderling
You often see me foraging on the beach
I often regurgitate sand and shells - 
Sometimes I don't watch what I eat. 

Location: Titusville, FL

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

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

February 3, 2024

I am known as a Loggerhead Shrike
I'm gonna impress my girl with this worm
We want to get down, but but we just gained 3 pounds!
I guess that's just how the worm turns.

Location: Intergenerational Center, Vero

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

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Friday, February 2, 2024

February 2, 2024

This plant is knows as Virginia Creeper
It uses tendrils to climb bark and rocks
It contains raphides with can irritate human skin
And don't eat the berries, lest you end up at the Doc's.

Location: Vero Beach Country Club

Sources: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=paqu2\

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

February 1, 2024

We are known as Egyptian Geese
We are are easy to identify
We have long pink legs, stretched out necks
And heavy, dark makeup on our eyes.

Location: Vero Beach Country Club

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

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

January 31, 2024

I am known as a Pied-bill Grebe
I can trap water in my feathers
This allows me to control my buoyancy
I can sink and rise whenever, where ever.

Location: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pied-billed_Grebe/overview

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

January 30, 2024

This is a Dead-tree Dinosaur
A rare and elusive reptile
It's incredibly endangered, there's not another around
For miles and miles and miles.

Location: Sweetwater Wetlands, Gainesville

Sources: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pareidolia


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Monday, January 29, 2024

January 29, 2024

I'm a Magnolia Green Jumping Spider
I like to hang out on Magnolias
I'm translucent green with a few black dots
And my face can be the color of Begonias.

Location: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2040

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

January 28, 2024

I am a baby American Alligator
You best stay in my good graces
My mom is around, and wearing a frown,
The dentist told her I'm gonna need braces.

Location: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

Sources: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/american-alligator

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

January 27, 2024

I am known as a Swamp Sparrow
I have rufous wings with black tear-drop shapes
In the winter I eat mostly plant matter
In the summer I eat invertebrates.

Location: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

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

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Friday, January 26, 2024

January 26, 2024

I am known as a Clapper Rail
I'm often heard but seldom seen
I live in salt water and marshes
And have glands so I can drink water that is saline.

Location: St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

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

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

January 25, 2024

I am a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
But it's rare to see my ruby crown
I only show it when I get agitated, such as - 
When I'm on territory and new guy comes around.

(Note: This was my first of 3 life birds last weekend!)

Location: St. Mark's NWR

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/ruckin/cur/introduction

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

January 24, 2024


I am known as a Varied Thrush
In summer I eat insects, in winter, fruit and nuts
I grab dead leaves to search for hiding insects
Then I eat them up like a buggy-De-luxe.

Location: Mendenhall Glacier, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

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

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

January 23, 2024

I am a Willow Ptarmigan
Sometimes I cluck, sometimes I'm quiet
But you will never hear me when I urinate - 
Because my "P" is silent.

(Thanks to the tour guide who not only pointed out the bird for me after learning I an a birder, but I also stole this joke from him.)

Location: Juneau, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Willow_Ptarmigan/sounds

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Monday, January 22, 2024

January 22, 2024

I am a female Alaskan Moose
I'm the largest member of the deer family
I can weigh as much as 1,300 pounds
In winter I eat the cambium layer of trees.

Location: Juneau, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/kefj/learn/nature/moose.htm

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

January 21, 2024

I am known as a Caribou
I'm the non-domesticated form of Reindeer
I'm an herbivore and it can be hard to find plants
In the winter I eat lichens so I can remain here.

Location: Juneau, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

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

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

January 20, 2024

I am a Pacific Banana Slug
Is this a case of Dee ja vu? 
I thought I saw a Pacific Banana Slug on Wednesday
But was a totally different hue. 

(Pacific Banana Slug colors vary widely.)

Location: Juneau, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

Sources: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/47776-Ariolimax-columbianus/browse_photos

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Friday, January 19, 2024

January 19, 2024

I am an Arctic Ground Squirrel
I store food in my little chubby cheeks
I need to put on weight
So I can hibernate
While it's cold, snowy and dark for weeks.

Location: Juneau, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

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

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

January 18, 2024

I am a Townsend's Warbler
My song is soft and buzzy
I like to eat honeydew from Scale insects
Which are insects used in candy for those who are't fussy.

Location: Juneau, AK

Date photo taken: Early August, 2012

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

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

January 17, 2024

I am am a Pacific Banana Slug
I am large and shaped like a banana
My color varies widely, I can be anything
From yellow to black and white like the keys on a piana'.

Location: Ketchikan, AK

Date photo taken: March 19, 2012

Sources: https://www.centralcoastbiodiversity.org/banana-slug-bull-ariolimax-columbianus.html

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

January 16, 2024

I am a Golden-crowned Sparrow
Yukon miners called my ancestors "Weary Willie"
They thought my song sounds like "I'm so tired..."
Which I think is rather silly!

Location: Pacific Coast Highway, CA

Date photo taken: March 19, 2012

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Sparrow/overview

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Monday, January 15, 2024

January 15, 2024

We are a couple of Black Oystercatchers
Our heads are black and our bodies are brown
We have bright orange beaks and eyerings
And can be hard to find on dark, rocky backgrounds.

Location: Pacific Coast Highway, CA

Date photo taken: March 18, 2012

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

January 14, 2024


We are Tricolored Blackbirds
Unlike Red-winged blackbirds, we are a bit duller
Our shoulders stripes
Are red and white
But black's still our prevalent color.

Location: Pacific Coast Highway, CA

Date photo taken: March 18, 2012

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

January 13, 2024

We are a group of California Sea Lions
We can be seen in rivers but usually stay on the coastline
We like to hang out on man-made structures
For us, jetties, bouys, or piers are all fine.

Now, we have moved on to CA. Special thanks to Cindy - all was forgiven the moment I got my life California Condor:-)

Location: Pacific Coast Highway, CA

Date photo taken: March 18, 2012

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Friday, January 12, 2024

January 12, 2024

We are a bevy of California Quail
We can eat vegetation thanks to protozoans in our intestines
We were not born with these one-celled organisms,
As chicks, we ate the poop of adults to aid our digestion.

Location: Pacific Coast Highway, CA

Date photo taken: March 18, 2012

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK8325/#:~:text=Protozoa

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

January 11, 2024

I am a female Anna's Hummingbird
If a guy likes me, he flys straight up, as if possessed
Then he dives straight back down, 
And squeaks really loud
Then we mate - yes, I'm easily impressed.

Location: Pacific Coast Highway, CA

Date photo taken: March 18, 2012

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

January 10, 2024

I am a Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
I am known for being asocial
At breeding time, I'll hook up with a mate
Then scurry off to someplace less local.

Location: Colorado Springs

Date photo taken: August 26, 2010

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

January 9, 2024

I am known as a Canada Jay
I have sticky saliva that I put to good use 
I glue small edible things to higher tree branches
So when there's deep snow, I can still find food.

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Date photo taken: August 26, 2010

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canada_Jay/overview#

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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Monday, January 8, 2024

January 8, 2024

I am known as a Steller's Jay
I look like a Blue Jay except more fancy
I'm loud and bold, with a large black crest
And I'm incredibly handsome, you must agree.

(This was David's and my first joint life bird. I was coming up a hill, and David was walking down it, and this guy landed between us.

Location: Somewhere in Colorado 

Date photo taken: August 26, 2010

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 7, 2024

January 7, 2024

I am a Gray-headed Junco
I have black lores and a little rust on my back
I am important to ecological research
Because I tolerate being manipulated and am easy to catch.

Location: Colorado Springs

Date photo originally taken: August 26, 2010

Sources: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/daejun/cur/introduction (this is a paid site, but is a great resource and worth the subscription.)

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Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 6, 2024

January 6, 2024

I am a male Broad-tailed Hummingbird
In wintertime when the days get shorter 
If I can't find enough food to keep my temperature up
To conserve energy, I'll go into a hypothermic torpor.

Location: Colorado Springs 

Date originally taken: August 23, 2010

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Broad-tailed_Hummingbird/lifehistory

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson