Insects, an anole, and a fish from a few hours spent in the pollinator garden at Audubon House on Saturday morning with gusty wind making photography difficult as the insects whipped around on the weather-agitated plants.
A collection of Cloudless Sulphur sightings in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The entire life cycle of this butterfly is taking place in and around the garden with different individuals in different life stages to be found. For starters, here are examples of the adult Cloudless Sulphur attracted to the nectar of their favorite plants in the garden. The erratic flight of Phoebis sennae is thought to be a protection from predators, especially birds.
The antics of the squirrels and other wildlife using the bird feeder one morning at (Pelican Island) Audubon House located at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) in Indian River County, Florida.
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Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures have been visiting me at work the past few mornings at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). My view out the office window is of these lovely birds—and I mean that genuinely—relaxing up in the trees or atop the poles around the parking lot. The real fun is when they fly onto the roof, landing with a loud thud, then walking around with a clomping sound that leaves me looking amusingly up at the ceiling […]
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It must be getting close to summer since the Swallow-tailed Kites are back! This Kite was seen around 1:00 p.m. over Audubon House soaring in the stiff wind blowing off the Indian River Lagoon. Note the branch the bird is carrying. Most likely to do a little home building for the future family.
A White Peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) lounged lazily in the native plant garden at (Pelican Island) Audubon House on Saturday. A few other insect pollinators were hanging around but the overcast day had everybody in a dreary mood so there was not much going on.
Sitting at my desk at (Pelican Island) Audubon House I was happy to look out the window and see this Blue Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) exploring the breezeway. Being close to the Indian River Lagoon and surrounded by wetlands it came as no surprise seeing this little guy show up. What was surprising, and a little disconcerting to actually see him doing it, was the Crab decided it needed a more elevated view of its surroundings and proceeded to climb […]