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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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/

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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/

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson
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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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/

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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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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