north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:35 AM GMT on March 22, 2012

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o7:05, 66F, foggy. songbirds singing, roosters crowing. got woken up at 01:05 by a barred owl calling outside my window.. gave me a start. then dogs started in barking and howling.. got up, looked out but it was black out there. decided to let the dogs handle it. owl got quiet, dogs settled down and I went back to sleep. got a mouse in the trap last night.
07:20, 66F, misty. went to check the barn and let the mouse out. everything o.k. down there - right # of sheep, guard dog sleeping, donkeys griping that I made them clean up their hay last night. all's right with the world on my side of the fence.
I have a solar calender at the farm.. every year, within a day of the equinox - fall and spring - the sun rises through the east and west door of the workshop.. never fails, unless it's cloudy..
11:00, medium tide coming in at CK. mid-70's, SE wind, 10 knts. veering to SW in the afternoon, 5 knts. passed a dead cotton-mouth on the road. snakes are crawling. a friend killed a 5 ft. diamond-back in her flowerbed a few days ago.
washed the 2nd trawl, mended 2nd bait net, worked on the tore-up trawl. that great egret that walked past me in the boat yard last week has adopted the lab and is spearing all the lizards.. not what I like to hear. ospreys have set up house-keeping again and are bringing fish back to the nest. hot in the boatyard today. all the guys were sweating while they were working on the boats. the bugs got bad when the wind died.
16:30, really high tide with a lot of ducks in the tide and egrets back in the marsh. ran through a big rain storm on 345 about 4 miles south of the farm. things were damp at the farm.
17:00, 81F, slight breeze. got 2 eggs.
18:00, 75F, muggy, partly cloudy. everyone's lethargic but the rooster. a bird was shrieking at dusk. maybe the owl got it..
20:20, 72F, stars and planets out. can see the big dipper from the front yard but not the north star.

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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.