Eaglets rebound: Eye infections clear as E17 backs off attacks

After days of concern, I was thrilled to tune into the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam and get good news. The eye infections causing the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife to temporarily remove the eaglets from the nest cleared up enough for them to be returned after seven days. In even better news, it appears E17 is backing off attacks on sibling E18. Continue reading “Eaglets rebound: Eye infections clear as E17 backs off attacks”

Sibling rivalry caught on eagle cam surprises viewers

If wildlife draws your attention, the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam is sure to be addictive. In its ninth year providing a closeup look at America’s symbolic bird, the eagle cam can surprise viewers sometimes because many people don’t realize sibling rivalry isn’t just a human trait. There’s another surprise too. Continue reading “Sibling rivalry caught on eagle cam surprises viewers”

‘Outlaw Joey Wales’ semi-adopts us

I’ve written many articles about the wonders of a backyard in Florida. You never know what kind of creature you’ll encounter here, and from Cuban Tree Frogs to Florida natives like the Softshell Turtle, we often marvel at what Mother Nature sends our way. Of late, we’ve had a domesticated visitor, and he is quite the character. Continue reading “‘Outlaw Joey Wales’ semi-adopts us”

New doves, a hawk, and a snag

A few days ago I noticed something I hadn’t seen out back. Doves. A dove is not an unfamiliar species to anyone who grew up in the South, but this dove wasn’t your typical dove. First I saw one. Then there were two sitting on the utility line above the street behind our house. The birds are beautiful, but I have concerns about their new perching spot. Why? A snag and a hawk. Continue reading “New doves, a hawk, and a snag”

After giving up on tree, we get a bumper crop

Years ago my husband gave me an orange tree for our anniversary. It wasn’t cheap. He chose a native species and an option for an employee of the historic nursery to plant it for us. The tree was the culmination of a dream I had from the time I was a girl. Continue reading “After giving up on tree, we get a bumper crop”