WILD THINGS: TREE RATS, THE BIG LIE

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I think my favorite Key West tree rat experience was years ago at Blue Heaven. Before they were as busy as they are these days, they used...

WILD THINGS: IRRATIONAL RESPONSES TO IRIDESCENCE

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It was the iridescence that gave the bird away, the dusky gleam that made it look black but also, at the same time, a shifting palette of...

WILD THINGS: TRYING TO SEE EYE TO EYE

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The storm had just ended and it was as if someone had flipped a switch. The sky was blue, the wind was gone, the humidity felt a...

WILD THINGS: WILD DOVE CITY TRAFFIC REPORT

4:06 p.m. Everything was darker than it should have been because it had been raining all day. It was still cloudy and the deck, table and tree...

WILD THINGS: MY KINGDOM FOR MY SHRIMPER BOOTS

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My Nikes were holding me back, keeping me from getting a good look at the bird.  In high school, running cross country and track, a bunch of us...

WILD THINGS: CONNECTING WITH THE CONNECTICUT

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It was hard to escape the feeling of having missed everything. We’d been out of town for most of the spring migration. I thought I’d catch the...

WILD THINGS: ASK THE BIRD GEEK II

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What should the Florida state bird be? – Nan From The Block Oh, man, I have opinions on this. Currently Florida’s state bird is the northern mockingbird. And...

WILD THINGS: IMPORTANT READER QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What are the best ways to attract hummingbirds in the Keys? — Ethel’s Friend There’s only ever been one hummingbird species recorded in the Keys – the ruby-throated...

WILD THINGS: SWALLOWING UNCOMFORTABLY

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Swallows are perpetual motion machines, the original can’t stop/won’t stop birds. Occasionally they will rest briefly on a power line or a tree branch, but mostly, from...

WILD THINGS: PIRACY ON THE LOW SEAS

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It seemed like a squabble between royal terns at first – two seemingly identical birds, white with orange grove orange bills, way high up, circling around, one...