north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 11:21 AM GMT on February 15, 2013

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05:40, 43F, wet, overcast. woke roosters up. quick trip outside with pup and old jack russell. chilly. oatmeal for breakfast. lamb bottles heating up.
06:30, 42F, dawn. out to sheep yard with bottles and there was beauty, with her lamb! beauty found her lamb. sure made me smile.
98:05, mid-tide falling at CK. NE wind, 7 knts.
43F. brisk. pelicans on sand spit by #4 bridge. going trawling offshore in the sound.
cold on the water. 40's with a breeze. everyone had multiple layers on, waders, and foul weather jackets. catches were really low, even in the sponge beds where catches are usually species rich and diverse. water temperature, 15C, 59F. chilly for fish, too, but got some YOY batfish, sea robins, squid, stingrays, flatfish and crabs ...
10:00, 48F, NE wind, 10 knts. a light chop, spray. sun comes out sometimes. tide turning. wished I'd worn sweat pants. large flock of mixed seabirds - brown pelicans, seagulls, cormorants - plunging into the sea. must have a school of baitfish. ducks flying off. fair amount of ducks. several loons. white pelicans off on a sandbar. dolphins.
14:30, 56F, SE wind, 3 knts. calm. high tide at #4 bridge. pelicans, seagulls, and ducks fishing in the flooded flats. herons in the marsh.
17:00, 54F, partly cloudy. got 2 eggs. 5 deer in donkey woodlot. checked on lambs.
19:40, 51F, clear. stars bright. waxing laughing moon up above. asteroid seems to have passed by us but a meteor hit russia.. strange ..

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