I like to birdwatch. Although I hate to say goodbye to the chickadees and nuthatches at my feeder in Minnesota, it’s a nice change to get back to Florida and see some different species. Herons, Egrets, Pelicans, and all sorts of shore birds.
Here’s a common one, but one of my favorites, a pelican. Here’s another beauty.
Now, HERE is a rare one. Every year I believe them extinct. But after 1750 miles and a few days of sunshine, there’s a glimpse, then another sighting. Soon, he’s almost common. If you’re very lucky and keep your eyes open, someday you may spot one of these handsome devils.
Scientific Name: Snowbirdus Floridia
Common Name: Florida Husband
Habitat: Boat, beach, lanai in Florida . Similar creatures glimpsed in California and Montana, even Mexico. Can range as far north as Minnesota, but alas, he doesn’t last long there.
Diet: Fresh fruit, shrimp, fish tacos, and the occasional cold beer.
Plumage: Pajamas and bathing suit. In fact, one of his identifying calls is “It’s a good day when you can go from pajamas to a bathing suit and back to pajamas” Or when your bathing suit and your pajamas are the very same shorts.
Identifying features: A happy attitude, a tan, and the ability to sit still-the last one distinguishes him from the more common Northern Husband. Do not confuse the two.