north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:45 AM GMT on January 13, 2012

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06:30, 47F, waning gibbous moon over palmettos. clouds moving from WSW. woke rooster up. guard dog at back door. biscuits for breakfast.
09:40, 44F, sunny, northerly breeze. found brownie on her side in the barn, alive.. there's an incline and probably someone knocked her out of the way of the hay and she couldn't get back up. her lamb hollaring clued me in on the situation. she's up and walking around with her lamb and the flock after an unsteady half hour..
got 3 eggs.
crows mobbing a red-winged hawk by the horse barn. heard a hawk screaming and the mate dove into the crows and both hawks flew away. incredible! years ago I caught an injured red-tailed hawk on the farm and took it to a vet where it resided for about a
week.. its mate flew over the farm constantly looking for it and calling. they had a happy reunion! we humans could take a lesson from those hawks.
cold day in CK. 43F when I got there (low tide) and never got above 47 with a wind chill of 41.. wind N, veering to NW, 5-12 knts. chilly enough so after noon time I loaded the trawl on a cart and brought it inside to continue mending it. that wind chill was getting to me and there was no place to get out of the wind except inside. still not finished. it's another 2 days work. high tide when I left.
have no idea what the temps were when I got back to the farm since I was running to get a fire going, plants brought in, and everyone fed, including me.
supposed to get into the 20's so I dripped the water again. at 19:30 it was 44F and misty with stars appearing and disappearing. venus was bright for awhile. calm and chilly. hoping I have enough
wood in front. thinking it might not get as cold as predicted but can't take a chance.

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2. code1
7:44 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
North Fl-Wild FL indeed! In the outskirts of the Capitol now, and what a difference from the crystal clear emerald waters of Destin. Several resident hawks, and owls in my trees. Once I got over initial fright, I am enjoying. Sad to see the weaker of species fail, but have greater understanding now. Not happy, but is what is.
Enjoy your morning updates when online.
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1. calpoppy
7:05 PM GMT on January 13, 2012
The birds loyalty to each other is amazing. We have a resident pair of ravens and their affection to each other is so neat to see. Now the later part of last year were inundated with juvenile ravens. I hope our resident pair is still around, pretty hard to tell amongst all the juveniles hanging about!
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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.