This is a Mediterranean gecko. He hangs out on our screen on the back porch sometimes at night catching bugs. It is not too unusual to see them on the walls of houses around here, but it is always a treat. Unfortunately, our puppy found this little guy first, and Allison had to rescue him. That is why he is missing his tail.
Here is a real treat. This is a Crested Caracara. It is actually the national bird for Mexico, but they can also be found in southern Florida. I am not aware that they migrate, but we usually only see these guys around here in the winter months. They are pretty big birds, standing about two feet tall. Every time we see them, we see two. I wonder if we see the same pair from year to year.
When we first moved into this house, we saw Mallard ducks frequently on the lake behind us. For the past few years they have been noticeably absent. This year we have seen some around from time to time. Last weekend we had a male swimming around with nine females. He was really busy trying to keep them all in line. His ladies were not good listeners, and by the time I got this picture, most of them had headed off on their own.
Nest we have the ibis. These guys are around all the time, and in this case there were about fifteen of them marching through the neighbor's backyard. If you look close, you can see there are a couple of black ones in the middle of the picture. They are immature birds and will turn white as they mature. Like a lot of the big birds here, they are not too fearful of people and will let you get pretty close before they take flight. This drives my dogs crazy! They love to chase these birds when we go on walks.