Who, me??

This relaxed-looking White Ibis sat for the longest time on the boardwalk in a rather odd, squatting position.When all of a sudden, he stood up slightly, and  . . . . . . .SPLAT!!!!He appeared to lose his balance momentarily, apparently flustered 🙂Then he stood up, looked around sheepishly, and said:“WHO . . . . ME?!”

Rather lovely, actually

The White Ibis, present year-round here in south Florida, is often seen unceremoniously probing for insects in the mud and grass on lawns and roadsides, looking less than glamorous. But our White Ibises also inhabit wetland marshes and shallow ponds, where they feed on fish, frogs, and small crustaceans (Audubon). I thought this one actually looked quite lovely, […]

Spoonbill Heaven ~

We visited the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for the first time the other day. The Refuge is located about 3 hours north of us, not far from the Kennedy Space Center, near Titusville, Florida. What a magical place! I will need to add multiple posts in order to show the wonderful diversity of birds – and the […]

Growing up in the wetlands

The dozing White Ibis featured above seems unimpressed by the magic of it all, but I love to watch the current batch of babies growing up in the Wetlands now that it is nearly the end of April. For example, this little 2-3 week-old Green Heron has begun to venture out ‘on a limb’ a bit further away from the […]

A pretty beautiful evening

I blogged last week about the Cattle Egret’s colorful transformation – here’s another look, above.  This post includes a few more examples of how striking some of the other wetland birds look in March.  This young Roseate Spoonbill is one of the all-time favorites.  Although I’m not sure they are nesting in our area now, […]

Shabbat Shira~!

In this week’s Torah portion, we read the story of the Jewish people crossing the Red Sea, following the Exodus from Egypt.  After the splitting of the Sea and their miraculous rescue across on dry land, the people sang a beautiful song of thanks and praise to G-d, the Song of the Sea, when they reached the opposite […]

More Torah connections~

Birds are found everywhere in Torah!!  This past week’s Torah reading includes important references to birds, including the name of Zipporah (which means ‘bird‘, in Hebrew), who is the wife of the great leader Moshe (Moses).  There are numerous references to Zipporah’s swift actions, comparing her behavior to the swiftness of a little bird. This week marked […]