We had a nice visit with one of our neighbours yesterday. He has been coming down to this KOA for 10 years and we got talking about the chickens that roam freely all over Key West. He told us an interesting story about how the chickens were brought to the island when it was first inhabited. They were used as a source of nutrition as well as a means of eradicating the island of bugs. Now the gypsy chickens are protected as they are still taking care of the bugs. It seems, according to our neighbour, feral cats are also on this protected list, as they seem to take care of the small rodents like mice and rats.
It was an interesting story but after a quick Internet search I could not confirm or deny the details. It appears that there are two sides to the love/hate relationship with these animals. These feral foul seem to be a “perfect metaphor for Key West -– historic, colourful, sort of wild, a little noisy and occasionally annoying”.
The last time we were in Key West we were able to find a parking spot just outside the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. This one of the places we wanted to visit so after purchasing a parking pass, we headed on in. The conservatory was quite impressive. There were butterflies everywhere along with two Caribbean Flamingos (Rhett and Scarlett). They were also introducing some small birds. You will see a picture of a Yellow Legged Honey Creeper at the end of this post.
Just around the corner from the Conservatory is the most southern part of the continental United States. We took another stroll to this historical and much photographed part of town. This is a very busy corner with people lining up to take their turn. When you get to the front of the line, it only took us about 10 minutes,you have full access to take your shots. Those that didn’t want to wait in line took their chances on the street dodging traffic and other pedestrians as they took their photos.
One of the days we were outside on the patio and noticed a green lizard trotting through our campsite. It was interesting to watch this tiny critter. Unfortunately, by the time I could retrieve my camera out of the truck, our little guest was standing behind our other neighbour’s camper. I was able to snap a picture before he scurried up the chain link that separated the campground from the neighbouring property.
The campground is located at mile marker 20, which is located just over a bridge. You can see this bridge from the marina that is on the campground. I have added a couple of panorama shots from the bridge that will give you an idea of where we have called home for the last two weeks. If you look close you may even be able to pick out our truck and camper.
Also by the marina there is a fish-cleaning table. A short distance from this station is a mangrove island. At any time of the day you can gaze over to these mangroves and see brown pelicans roosting in the treetops. When I first saw web-footed cormorants roosting on telephone wires, I thought it was weird, pelicans in trees is just as weird. Now if you look over and see no pelicans, have a glance at the fish-filleting table. Someone will be there cleaning their catch with the birds in the water waiting for the scraps. I guess the pelicans are lazy and find it easier to wait for the food truck to arrive.
We hope you enjoy the pictures.
We are off to Jolly Roger tomorrow.