Maria Firpi

Nov 292012
Key Biscayne’s Fragile Ecosystem

Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida, is part of my frequent travel destinations. I saw several juvenile laughing gulls with different plumage. Key Biscayne lies south of Miami Beach and east of Miami. The village is connected to Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway, originally built in 1947. The construction of hotels and several condominium complexes in […]

Nov 172012
Coming up from underneath: The Juvenile Double-crested Cormorant

The Double-crested Cormorant is a year-round resident in Florida. At this time of the year, however, it flies a bit further down south from central Florida. The Latin word auritus, means ‘eared’, refers to the nuptial crests feathers the adults display when breeding. The plumage of juvenile Double-crested Cormorants is more dark grey or brownish. […]

Nov 122012
Viera Wetlands: A Birders’s Paradise

Today I finally saw the Ritch Grissom Memorial Memorial Wetlands in Melbourne, Florida. Also known as the Viera Wetlands, the Board of County Commissioners designated the site as the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera in December, 2007, in memory of Ritch Grissom, a longtime employee of Brevard County who worked at the adjacent treatment […]

Nov 112012
The Puerto Rican Ground Lizard Male and Female

The Puerto Rican Ground Lizard or Common Puerto Rican Ameiva is a species of lizard in the whiptail family. It is endemic to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. A. exsul can be seen around sandy and arid lawns,vacant lots, roadsides, city parks and plazas, around human habitations, and along mangrove borders. It is also […]

Nov 082012
The Pearly-eyed Thrasher from the Caribbean

The Pearly-eyed Thrasher is found in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos islands, Beata island off the south coast of Hispaniola, many of the Lesser Antilles, and Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. This Thrasher looks like a Brown Thrasher but it’s bigger and it only lives in the afore mentioned […]