WILD THINGS: GETTING SLIPPED A MISSISSIPPI KITE

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The sequence of events was this: I was riding my bike through the cemetery, I saw a couple of birds, I got a Toni Basil song stuck...

WILD THINGS: LITTLE BROWN BIRDS AND THE ROLE OF ROCKING

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A northern waterthrush is the color of root beer. It’s the color of the Danish modern couch my parents brought back from Germany when they lived there,...

WILD THINGS: OPOSSUM, MY POSSUM

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There comes a time in every person’s life when he/she/they must take a hard, unsentimental look at their past. They must peer fearlessly into the dark corners,...

WILD THINGS: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE GRAY GHOST

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I was not expecting the Gray Ghost, not expecting it to come up the way it did over my shoulder, not expecting it to move on ahead...

WILD THINGS: GLIDING INTO THE UNEXPECTED

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We saw the fake Southernmost Point marker in Satellite Beach, Florida, 437 miles from Cuba, 347 miles north of the real one. It was in front of...

ASK THE BIRD GEEK: ARE BIRDS REALLY JUST FANCY, LITTLE DINOSAURS?

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Are birds really just fancy little dinosaurs? — Bi-Residential Barry Yes! Yes, they are.  I started to write about how all the birds we know can be traced to one...

WILD THINGS: HEARING THE WORDS, BUT NOT KNOWING THE SONG

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Mnemonics are mental hacks designed to help us remember things. ROY G BIV. Every Good Boy Does Fine. King Phillip Came Over For Great Spaghetti. SPLUNGE*. Bird books...

WILD THINGS: THE SECRET LIVES OF YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS

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It would be tough to be a yellow-billed cuckoo in the Florida Keys if you viewed yourself through the eyes of a birdwatcher, because, well, you’d always...

WILD THINGS: NOTES ON A NEAR-HURRICANE

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Winslow Homer painted two watercolors on his first trip to Key West in 1895. The first was a relatively demure study of a coconut palm. There was...

WILD THINGS COLUMN: AN IDEA OF ORDER AT KEY WEST

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In the proper scheme of things we, as humans, are not supposed to occupy intimate space with a bird like a Cory’s shearwater. Shearwaters are pelagic birds,...
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