YouTube video of this bunny munching … set to relaxing music. Tap the photo to get there.
Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) munching on some greens and going about her day. She especially likes the Puerto Rican sweet potato greens on that side of my property. Don’t use pesticides in your green space because it will harm (kill) the wildlife … and you.
YouTube video of white ibises feeding and preening … set to relaxing music. Tap the photo to get there.
White ibises feeding & preening around a pond margin in Central Florida.
If you’d like to learn more about white ibises go to – http://sharonsflorida.com/wildlife/white-ibis/.
YouTube video of blue porterweed and long-tailed skipper butterflies … set to relaxing music. Tap the photo to get there.
Blue porterweed flowers being visited by long-tailed skippers, a zebra longwing, and a bumblebee or two. The blue porterweed in this video is not the Florida native one, but is Stachytarpheta cayennensis (nettleleaf velvetberry). The native, blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis), looks very similar, but grows low and spreads out along the ground.
YouTube video of skyblue clustervine flowers being nectared upon by honeybees set to relaxing music – tap the photo to get there.
Honeybees visiting the bright blue flowers of a skyblue clustervine in Central Florida. Several slow motion clips as well. Skyblue clustervine (Jacquemontia pentanthos). Buy seeds here! and starter plants here!
YouTube video of a gray squirrel eating sunflower seeds … set to relaxing music … tap the photo to go there.
The really awesome Stoke’s feeders are at amazon – https://amzn.to/2oWnf4r. This is an affiliate link … I get a tiny commission if you purchase them through this link.
Gray squirrels live in hollowed tree trunks, commonly using recycled woodpecker cavities, as well as leaf nests made from fresh leaves. It is important to leave tree snags as well as yard waste available for their use. To learn more about Recycling Your Yard Waste check out my article at – https://sharonsflorida.com/landscaping-with-natives/recycle-your-yard-waste/.
YouTube video of Sharon’s Florida’s bird mister … tap the photo to go there.
Watch some cardinals bathing, and preening, in the mist created by my bird mister. You can buy one of my misters here – https://www.ebay.com/itm/261977159360.
YouTube video of a mother sandhill crane and her baby eating cracked corn at a bird feeder … tap on the photo to go there.
A YouTube video of a river otter (Lontra canadensis) that stopped at my pond for an overnight visit and I was lucky enough to watch him swim, play, hunt, and eat a fish … tap on the photo to go there.
The last several years, in mid-January, I get a one day visit from what I believe is the same otter. Last year I didn’t have the chance to video him, but this year I was lucky enough to watch him catch a fish and then swim to the other side of the pond, near the brush pile, and eat it.
I’m not sure where he came from or where he’s headed, but he stops for an overnight and then he’s gone. I do live in a large watershed, which is a chain of lakes and streams that are all interconnected and drain into an area, known as Peck Sink Watershed. Peck Sink is a sinkhole that drains directly into the Florida aquifer. The watershed includes about 11,000 acres so he has a very large habitat to explore and I just hope he stays out of harm’s way.
He’s cute, but ferocious if you’re a fish.
When goldenrod is in bloom it is a hive of activity because there are so many pollinators that use its flowers for nectar and pollen.
Here are the ones that visited during my video.
European honey bee (Apis mellifera)
Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
Potter Wasp yellow on tail (Eumenes fraternus)
Solitary Potter Wasp (Monobia quadridens)
Tiphiid Wasp (Myzinum dubiosum)
Delta Flower Scarab Beetle (Trigonpeltastes delta)
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