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,...

WILD THINGS: THE AFTERNOON THAT HASN’T ENDED

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It was mid June, hot as Hades and I was on the sidewalk outside of Harpoon Harry’s after lunch.  This was three years ago. The heat was that all-encompassing,...

WILD THINGS: 2 SCENES FROM A BREEDING SEASON

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She flew in and landed atop the fence, although it wasn’t immediately clear that she was a she. Mourning doves are sexually monomorphic, meaning both genders look...

WILD THINGS: MOB RULES OVER KEY WEST

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I was up at Hugh’s View a few weeks ago, on the roof of The Studios of Key West, making small talk about art and stuff, when...

WILD THINGS: MIGRATING BIRDS, CIVIL WAR REENACTORS & DEAD POETS

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Migration was over, at least officially, so a common yellowthroat shouldn’t have been in the seagrape, but there she was, flitting around as if schedules and range...

WILD THINGS: THESE BIRDS ARE MESSING WITH ME

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It’s not often that an animal messes with you just for the fun of it. Stuart, my half pit bull, used to do it. If you took him...

BLACKPOLL CONUNDRUM WARBLER SPOTTED KEY WEST

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A male blackpoll warbler is easily identified by the black cap that makes it resemble Moe from the Three Stooges or, arguably, me, intermittently, from 1970 to...

WILD THINGS: BIRD MIGRATION IN THE KEYS

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You want to see signs of rain when you wake — puddles that weren’t there the night before, maybe wet streets. You don’t want it to have...
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