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: 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: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PAINTED BUNTINGS

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The name bunting comes from a Scottish word that basically means plump. That seems judgmental. If they are plump, they are pleasingly plump, and no one talks...

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: FLAMINGO SIGHTING IS FRESH OMEN FOR 2021

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10:22 a.m. and the year was still pure. I had not seen a bird. I was in the living room, staring at my laptop, trying not to look...

WILD THINGS: ASK THE BIRD GEEK

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What happened to the parrots that used to fly around Old Town and eat mangoes? — Banyan Tree Amy I’m not sure when you moved here, but when...

WILD THINGS: SOUTHERN SEADUCK REDUX

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When I got there, Ellen Westbrook was standing on the South Roosevelt seawall with her binoculars up, staring out at the horizon, which was a bad sign.  Gah,...

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: VEXED BY A DUCK

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I hate chasing birds. And I hate getting up early. And, closing out my third decade living in the Keys, I don’t much like the cold. So...

WILD THINGS: RECENT MIGRATIONS

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There was a small flock of red-winged blackbirds up in the casuarinas over by East Martello. They looked to be all female, but they kept moving around....
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