north florida - wild florida - suwannee river

By: marsHen , 11:32 AM GMT on February 20, 2013

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05:40, 50F, overcast. looks like we had a shower last night. yellow dogs in the palmettos. woke up roosters. barred owl hoo-hooing out in the donkey woodlot. oatmeal for breakfast. lamb bottles heating up.
08:50, low tide rising on the suwannee river. 52F, NE wind, 15 knts. choppy. water temp, 15C, 59F. mostly cloudy, some sun. did 11 sets between west pass and east pass - 5 trawls, the rest were sets with the bait seine. catches were very low, mostly YOY pinfish, spot, and mullet. got 2 juvenile redfish and a juvenile gray snapper. 1 stingray. several large male blue crabs and a bunch of YOY blue crabs. ducks off west pass but not many in the river. chilly. no reptiles. yellow asters blooming and blue flag starting to bloom. swamp maples and poison ivy leafing out. wind died down and clocked to south, 4 knts. in early afternoon. 60F. no-see-ums came out in the swampy areas. a day for research vessels. usgs was out in 2 boats by west pass.
14:10, 20C, 68F in cow town. still no hay but got milk replacer for lambs. parrot food. sheep food.
15:10, 69F at back door. the hawks are back but not sure which pair. spotted a fox squirrel crossing 345 in the same area I have been seeing them, seldom, sigh, for 30 years. sure wish they'd travel about a mile WSW of where they have a colony and stay at my farm. they'd be safer there and I have lots of acorns and pecans.. instead they live in planted pines that get cut every 20 years. go figure..
18:00 62F, thinly overcast. got 2 eggs. everyone was unhappy at having to go back to the old hay. pup has bad scratches on her belly from jumping barb-wire fences.
20:05, 59F, fog. waxing gibbous moon with large ring. moon shrouded by a smear of clouds. jupiter on outside of moon ring. lovely.

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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.