Wildlife

“What is That?”

“What is That?”

Asks 4 year old Teagan when she sees a strange creature on the ground in our Florida back yard. She is a kid growing up in the suburban sprawl of New York City out on Long Island. She has seen rabbits, squirrels, birds of all kinds, turtles, frogs, and even deer in the local parks, […]

Furry Birds at My Feeder

Cardinals, chickadees, red-winged blackbirds, and doves are some of the birds that fly to my backyard feeders to feast on sunflower, millet and other seeds. Every day a big gray furry bird with a long tail and big dark eyes visits the feeders to devour the sun flower seeds. There are conflicts between the feathered […]

Ghosts of Cocoa Beach

Walking along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean at Cocoa Beach, Florida, I sense something crawling on the sand out of the corner of my eye. I stop, stoop down, and survey the sandy beach, but I see nothing. I continue my walk and again catch a glimpse of something scurrying on the sand, but […]

Reminiscence and the Rabbit

As Anne and I step out the door of our Florida villa, I spot a wild rabbit half hidden under a hibiscus bush next to our driveway. The sight conjures up a déjà vu moment for me that I can trace back to my childhood years in New York. I grew up on Long Island […]

The Fish That Breathes Air

A fisherman filets groupers and red fish at a cleaning station along Kings Bay in Crystal River Florida. He tosses the heads, tails and fish bones into the water where several cormorants gather feast on the scraps as gulls attempt to pluck the scraps from the water. Nothing goes to waste. A large shadowy fish […]

I Miss Chipmunks!

Here in central Florida the woodlands are absent of the twittering sounds that fooled me into thinking birds were chirping from the forest floor in New York. I miss seeing the reddish-brown squirrel with white and black stripes stuffing its cheek pouches with the with red maple winged seeds that whirled to the woodland floor. […]

Giant Snakes Create Havoc in Florida

Snakes are popular house pets, especially with children. Burmese pythons are one of the many species of exotic snakes sold in pet shops. When purchased these snakes are small and manageable, but are capable of growing rapidly up to 8 feet in one year with proper care. This results in some people releasing their pets […]