Have been seeing a lot of rabbits lately during early morning hikes around the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). All the rabbits seen so far are Eastern Cottontails. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) provides some facts about the Eastern Cottontail: Appearance: The cottontail is grayish-brown with a distinctive white “powder puff” tail. It measures 14 to 17 inches in length and weighs two to four pounds. Habitat: The cottontail rabbit prefers heavy brush, strips of forest, weed […]
Not looking obviously comfortable but it must be to this Eastern Gray Squirrel who found a spot to relax using the perch on the large bird house outside of Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). It probably helps that he is near two large bird feeders in which the messy birds are always dropping seeds from much to the squirrel’s benefit.
A colorful, fast-growing, ornamental tree that thrives in wet, frost-free areas, this native of Asian-Pacific islands goes by the name of rainbow eucalyptus, Mindanao gum, or rainbow gum. Its multicolored bark is its greatest attraction for the neighborhood yard. This specimen at McKee Botanical Garden is not as colorful as it could be yet but that does not stop people from leaving graffiti on its trunk.
While surveying the Indrio Savannahs for insect life this Florida Scrub-Jay showed up looking for a handout. Sadly, all the Scrub-Jays I encountered did the same thing. Not too surprising considering all the people I saw that morning with bags of peanuts feeding these birds. An activity that is illegal and unhealthy for the birds but I guess people just don’t care.
Every time Sam the dog goes into the front yard two Northern Mockingbirds appear as if from nowhere and they are both in a state of wild rage directed towards Sam. The Mockingbirds are defending their territory, of which my front yard belongs to them, and they must be defending a nest otherwise it is hard to fathom what else might set them off. Especially since the rest of the year the birds leave Sam alone when he makes an […]