north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 12:18 PM GMT on August 15, 2013

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06:30, 73F, foggy. orange sunrise. pup and guardian wrestling on front lawn. roosters crowing. slight breeze from SE. sheep heading out to pasture, checking under wild grapevines. grapes are starting to drop - most are pink or green but sheep don't care..
10:00, 82F, sunny. high tide falling at CK. some gulls squabbling on the bridge. south wind, 8 knts. 84F.
fed cat. washed and dried #3 trawl. very hot in boat yard with hardly any breeze. began mending big rips in end of old 600 ft. seine but too hot to continue. maybe tomorrow. working on setting up new bait seine. everything has to be measured out to confirm that specifications are exact and conform with seines used by the other labs.
15:10, low tide rising at #4 bridge. SW wind, 8 knts. 85F. egrets fishing and roseate spoonbills swishing across mud flats. snowy egrets and spoonbills are often found fishing together. perhaps the spoonbills stir up the water so that smaller fish come to the surface and can be snagged by the egrets. it has been confirmed that a pair of spoonbills have nested on sea horse key. so far, the northern-most documented breeding site for these birds. we are slowly seeing more and more sub-tropical plants and animals - spoonbills, red mangroves, snook, cobia, scorpionfish - in this area which is listed as a temperate zone.
16:00, white ibis, woodstorks, cattle egrets, and 1 glossy ibis in the temporary ponds along CR 345. guardian at gate. sheep out in the pasture. 100F in the sun at the back door. kitchen window thermometer reads 93F. light south breeze.
19:20, 85F, clouds come and go. got 1 egg. sheep loafing under oaks and grape vines on edge of pasture. guardian sleeping under truck. broke down and gave sheep some of the new hay, which they liked. donkeys half done with their roll. sun obviously moving to the south. days are shorter.
20:50, 81F, clear. waxing gibbous moon high in the sky. stars coming out. a mist forming in the pastures.

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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.