north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 12:09 PM GMT on January 14, 2013

05:40, 59F, a mist. stars fuzzy. woke up the roosters. yellow dogs at back door. fed guardian. lamb bottles heating up..
o9:10, 67F, SE wind, 7knts. low tide on the suwannee river. bald eagle flying over marsh. osprey with a big catfish on channel marker at mcgriff. many oystercatchers on the oyster bars. seagulls, cormorants. white pelicans out by cat island. water temps - low 60's. a light chop. some sun. wore my watch cap and foul weather jacket most of the day. a lot of spray.
low catches today. every trawl brings in several stingrays including a big blunt-nose ray, Das. sabina, male, with 2 wicked spines that were caught in the trawl sleeve.. flocks of ducks all over the sound. further out, big flocks looked like smoke rising from the choppy water. young-of-the-year redfish and spot are recruiting into the estuary. the spot are around an inch long; the redfish twice that.
14:10, 70F, south wind, 10 knts. high tide rising in the river as we finished our last sampling trip for the month.
took a good nap when I got back to the farm. slept until chore time. neighbor to the south with the cows has been bulldozing large oaks in his pasture and is now burning them..
18:30, 67F. fog forming. waxing crescent moon above the sheep barn and the oaks.
19:20, 64F, misty. moon falling to the west. dogs barking.

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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.