north florida - wild florida - preacher's hole

By: marsHen , 10:28 AM GMT on March 11, 2014

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05:50, 51f, foggy/smoky. woke lil rooster. not a peep from red rooster. brighter stars showing. really bright planet in ESE. guardian up and patrolling. pup has brief walk. muffin for breakfast.
08:00, low tide rising at CK. east wind 2 knts., 60f. 1 pelican and 1 gull at the oyster bar. several great egrets in the marsh. fed happy cat. gnats were bad.
sampling fishes with bait seine and 600 ft. seine in back creeks between gigger creek and dennis creek. most of sets were centered around preacher's hole. catches were varied in bait seine. last set pulled in a lot of very young mullet, spot, and pinfish. big seine yielded varying catches - catfish and stingrays in one, mostly spent mullet in another, and a mackerel, a ladyfish, and a silver perch in another. most sets were pulled in deep in mud and oysters. very difficult walking.
water was turbid and temperatures varied from 65-68 depending on location. tide turned around noon. birds were everywhere - brown and white pelicans, cormorants, ducks, willets, gulls, terns, oystercatchers, skimmers... many of them were congregating on shell bars and beaches. derrick key was overflowing with seabirds. watched a herring gull pluck a ladyfish from the tide and swallow it. several large flocks of mixed birds were diving offshore. perhaps the ladyfish were returning. ducks were flying off all over. it was wonderful.
15:30, high tide at #4 bridge. SW wind, 4 knts. 65f. fed cat. 2 oyster catchers at the flooding oyster bar. ospreys squabbling in the pines.
14:20, 68f at back door. tired. 5 deer browsing behind dog pen jumped fence into donkey woodlot and strolled across. pup didn't see them.
18:40, 66f, clouding up. hay to all. got no eggs. set live trap. waxing gibbous moon faintly visible through light clouds. rain out in gulf moving our way...

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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.