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: 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: SINGING WITHOUT KNOWING THE WORDS

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There’s an oft-quoted line from “To Kill A Mockingbird”: “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy … but sing their hearts out...

WILD THINGS: Drama in the distant treetops

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Certain aspects of your life are hard to explain. For instance, I would not want to answer to a jury of my peers why I wasted so...

WILD THINGS: NORTHERN GANNETS ARE THE POINTY-HEADED MOUTH-BREATHERS OF THE SEA

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The wind was up, so it was likely to be “sporty” crossing the Northwest Channel, but as I cleared the anchorage behind Wisteria Island and moved through...

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...

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: 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...

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: 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...
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