Friday, October 7, 2022

Endemic to Florida


 It feels very special to come upon something endemic to Florida.

This week we saw THREE things endemic to Florida.

Endemic meaning - Native to or limited to a certain region


The Florida Scrub Jay is found in 2 locations that we hike. 

We can usually see some on a back loop of old Limerock Road from the 49th Ave Trailhead of the Florida Trails.


And we always see them when we hike Halpata Tastanaki Preserve from the SR 200 trailhead. 


Photos taken at HTP

This is a good website HERE but there are others featuring the Florida Scrub Jay if you do a search.

Which bring us to the Longspurred Mint.


Dicerandra Cornutissima

A good website with info HERE.

It is only found in Marion County, FL and possibly Sumter County.


There are only 15 known occurrences remaining. 


I found them blooming on the Florida Trails 49th Ave Trailhead. Photos taken of the plants on Bluebird of Happiness Hill near the hwy 484 trailhead.


They are just starting to bloom right now.

The Garberia is in full bloom all through the forest and it is endemic to Florida as well. 


More info HERE.

How privileged I am to see these amazing things in the beautiful state of Florida.


We are still praying for everyone devastated by Hurricane Ian and I am still limiting my time on the computer to get some things done. The weather is gorgeous now so I am hiking more too.

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.   

43 comments:

Marcia said...

Glad to see your hiking venues not affected by flooding.

NanaDiana said...

What gorgeous finds! The birds are amazing and I love that plant. So sad that there are only 15 spots of it left.
I hope and pray for the future of all those that lost so much during Hurricane Ian. It is just heartbreaking.
Have a wonderful weekend. xo Diana

Vee said...

Wonderful flora and fauna. I don't think my state has an equivalent. Glad the weather is beautiful and that hiking is excellent again. Keeping Florida in my prayers.

Lea said...

Beautiful bird photos, and lovely wildflowers!
Have a blessed day!

Caroline said...

Beautiful photos, I like the Scrub Jay of Florida. I saw the hurricane Ian on the news.

Danielle's Sweets said...

Happy to hear you've had no major damage. Beautiful photos as always!
Have a wonderful weekend! : )

Red Rose Alley said...

That Scrub Jay is sure a pretty bird. We have them up here in the mountains as well. I love his long feathered tail. I'm glad to hear that you are Ok from the storm, Diane. Have a fun weekend on your hikes. : )

~Sheri

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Ok, the scrub jay took me to a zoom to see those are berries and not the bird's eyes. :)

Lorrie said...

Lovely to see these native Floridian birds and plants. Glad to hear you are out hiking in wonderful weather!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I love seeing the Scrub Jay again. We don't have them here where we live now, but we used to see them in the Ocala National Forest quite often. That's their natural habitat. And the wildflowers are gorgeous right now. Those are some beauties. Thank you for sharing with us. I love how God paints His creations with different colors every season, all for us to enjoy!!

Jeanie said...

Don't you love it when your photo catches the moment where the bird seed in the mouth shows? Great! And I love all those gorgeous blooms!

Lowcarb team member said...

Beautiful photographs.
Pleased you are able to enjoy your hikes.

All the best Jan

Teresa said...

Las plantas y aves se ven preciosas, me encanta ese sendero. Espero que todo vaya recuperándose. Un abrazo.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your photos are all so wonderful, Diane! I loved seeing the jay with a seed or berry in its beak. I'm glad you did not have any hurricane damage. It was so deadly and devastating in some areas--so sad.

happyone said...

Love the scrub jays.

Ricki Treleaven said...

The Scrub Jay is beautiful! I love your photos. Thanks for the reminder to pray for those affected by Hurricane Ian.

Terri D said...

Beautiful, Diane, and interesting about the bird and the flowers. xo

Angie said...

Diane - glad to hear you did not have major damage. I love your endemic species, especially the Longspurred Mint - so delicate and pretty.

Irma said...

Beautiful bird photos and beautiful wild flowers.
I like the Scrub Jay, I think it is also found here in the Netherlands.
Greetings Irma

Ann said...

Beautiful bird and wildflowers.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane,
Beautiful captures of the Florida Scrub Jay. They are a treat to see.
The wildflowers are gorgeous, I really like the Longspurred Mint.
My prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Ian.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Veronica Lee said...

Love your incredible captures of the Scrub Jay.

The wildflowers are beautiful!

Happy Saturday!

Inger said...

This is so interesting, thanks for sharing. We have scrub jays here too, the California kind.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane :=)

The Scrub Jay is similar to the Jays with long tails in the south of Portugal. It's a beautiful bird, and the pink flowered plant is very pretty, and all your images are lovely.

Breathtaking said...

Diane, I'm back again to tell you that I made a mistake in saying your Florida Scrub Jay was not unlike our Blue long tailed Jay, when in fact I was thinking of our Azure-winged Magpie. He He, it's just one of those days! :=)

RedPat said...

The shots of the Scrub Jay are super. And I love the flowers.

Andree said...

The jay is beautiful. I didn't know it existed! Shame on me. The mint is fabulous. I hope it is able to hang on and spread more.

handmade by amalia said...

I enjoyed your photos, Diane, that Jay is a darling bird.
Amalia
xo

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Good to see images other than the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Phil Slade said...

Good finds Diane. I would love to see the The Florida Scrub Jay someday. I second your wishes for people caught up in The Hurricane. My son and family are visiting Disney right now where they arrived just as Ian left.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It's amazing that you got some rare species of birds and plants close by. I am impressed that you can recognize them!!

MadSnapper said...

I have never seen a scrub jay and he is absolutely gorgeous it is amazing that you see them in that one place! FtThe flowers are just wonderful and the weather is absolutely perfect for going out and finding all these pretty things

Hootin Anni said...

Love, love, L❤️VE your jay!
Thanks Diane, for sharing this week.

~Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

italiafinlandia said...

Thanks for sharing the information.
The Garberia is a very pretty flower.

Bill said...

Beautiful photos of the birds and wildflowers. Have a great week.

Tom said...

...they are gorgeous things that call Florida home. I hope that their habitats are protected.

Rainbow Evening said...

I never seen Scrub Jay in our place...
beautiful

Mae Travels said...

We spent a couple of hours once in search of the endemic scrub jay, and finally found one quite close to where we had parked — but we were delighted! I’ve been wondering about the huge number of people displaced from their homes after the hurricane. Katrina made so many refugees who were brought to other places: even to Michigan where I live, but I have not heard about such need for the Florida victims. I hope they are being given shelter and other help.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

carol l mckenna said...

Oh gorgeous nature shots endemic to your area ~ always a delight ~ love it ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Linda said...

Lively photos! Thanks for sharing.

Cloudia said...

I still enjoyed seeing the scrub. Jay. And it's good to know that you are okay. Thanks for the beautiful flowers too! Have a beautiful week

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful birds and flowers. The birds have berries in their mouth? Glad you are enjoying your hikes.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Finding a Florida Scrub Jay remains on my list! Although (from pictures) they still look to me exactly like our Oregon ones, which are fairly common up here. I still want to see one in Florida.