north florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 11:35 AM GMT on January 20, 2012

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05:50, 40F, waning crescent moon low in the ESE. dogs barking. rooster snoozing. oatmeal. heading out to finish the last of the month's sampling behind deer island. we'll be using the big haul seine and the bait seine..
on the way out the lane, 6 does jumped the fence in front of me. 2 were pregnant and there was a yearling with them. they came out of the sheep field. 2 more does crossed the road in front of the truck on the way to CK.
08:00, low tide coming in. breeze from the south, sunny, 60's, a light chop. had to wait for the tide so launched at 09:00. what a day! catches were light, even with the bait seine. the big haul seine only took some big blue crabs, one juvenile trout, and a few shad of unknown species that we brought back to i.d. but what a day for birds!!
ducks everywhere, flying off the water in front of the boat. herons and egrets fishing from spartina banks, white and brown pelicans on sandbars, cormorants on shell bars, seagulls floating in the tide with white pelicans, oystercatchers and willets on oyster bars, everywhere in the back creeks by preacher's hole and north of shell mound the birds were either fishing, resting, or floating in the tide. when we pulled up to set the 600' seine at preacher's hole, a bald eagle was perched on a nearby oak. on our way back, there were loons in the channel. high tide when we finished. just a magnificent day! the water was even clear..
water temps were 14C, 57F, but felt warmer. must be getting used to it.
16:00, 68F at the farm. got 2 eggs. got some shrimp from the shrimp guy at Ck, so had boiled shrimp and chili for supper! started a fire.
19:00, 56F, clear. owl hooting from the pines. sat outside for a bit after the chores and star-gazed.

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About marsHen

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