north florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 10:31 AM GMT on March 13, 2012

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06:10, 58F, calm, clear. waning gibbous moon over the house. woke up rooster and 1 songbird. fog in the pasture. going trawling offshore.
09:40, medium high tide on the suwannee delta, due to turn. upper 60's, wind SE, 4-8 knts. water temp, 20C (68F.)
did boat sets in a few back creeks before going off shore. 8-9 ft. alligator snoozing on a muddy bank just before our 1st set. he slid off into the tide. (the big ones are males.) ducks and coots still around and a pair of horned grebes. lots of ospreys inshore, and a bald eagle on a dead cypress by mcgriff channel. offshore, a bird that I thought was a loon turned out to be a juvenile gannet.first time I've seen one!
all catches were low but the trawls brought in a lot of by-catch of drift algae and ctenophores (comb jellies). made the boat rather slippery and I nearly went overboard when a swell caught me unawares. we passed a large school of cow-nose rays. mostly sunny and warmed up to low 70's, with not much of a breeze. no-see-ums swarmed in the back creeks. the bullrushes and arrowhead are greening up, the salt marsh should follow soon. a pleasant low-key day.
17:20, 78F at the farm. partly cloudy with just a slight breeze from the SW. soup and spinach for supper. have to go unload the feed and hay from the truck. but taking a break now ...
21:50 but not much of a break. got a call that a dear friend just died - cancer.. spent the evening on the cell phone and doing chores.
got 4 eggs. did get to see the venus-jupiter conjunction that looked like 2 bright eyes in the sky. smokey-haze back again. a sad ending to what had been a pleasant day.

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About marsHen

marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.