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north florida - wild florida - lone cabbage*

By: marsHen , 10:50 AM GMT on April 03, 2013

05:40, 60F, mostly cloudy. waning "half" moon over sheep woodlot. roosters crowing. dixie at back door. pup out on tether. oatmeal. limping.
08:00, high tide getting ready to ebb at CK. 62F, SE wind, 12 knts. ducks in the shallows. egrets in the marsh. white pelicans circling #4 bridge.
choppy on the water. lots of birds. catches are slowly increasing. since it was my birthday request, we did the area where we only had 2 sets with the big seine, rather than the area to the south where we had 4 sets with the 600 ft. seine. the rest of the sets were with the bait seine. worked for me!!
oystercatchers, laughing gulls, plus other gulls, and willets perched on oyster bars. one sand bar full of dowitchers. another crammed with white pelicans. big flock of ducks flying up from the clam leases west of CK. water temps, mid 60's. caught a lot of stingrays even in the bait seine. the cownose rays are back in the estuary. atlantic stingrays continue breeding and the "wings" of the females, and even some males, are all chewed up. caught one large redfish and one juvenile black drum that was hefty but still had it's baby stripes. otherwise, baitfish, baitfish, baitfish..
overcast all day. saw 5 eagles - 3 juveniles, 2 adults. one of the juveniles was sitting in the marsh when another came screeching down on it, talons outstretched. the first flew off chased by the second. big mature eagle on a dead pine. another standing on a sandspit looking seaward.. the last juvenile flying over goose cove.
14:30, west wind, 6 knts. 72F. falling high tide at #4 bridge. ducks in channel. several great blue herons fishing on marsh's edge. fed lab cat before I left.
15:40, 75F, overcast. radar says it's sprinkling here but just a mist over the pasture. got 1 egg. put sheep's hay in barn.
21:00, 66F, drizzling. one good shower earlier. no stars at all. really dark out. dixie and guardian sitting out in drizzle. if it's storming, they'll go into a barn but otherwise not. must be their thick, layered winter coats that make them oblivious to the rain. pup with her short bull-dog coat prefers to be inside when it rains - although she enjoys swimming. so everyone is where they want to be tonight. I hope.
great birthday working out on the water - just where I want to be..

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1. marsHen
3:03 AM GMT on April 04, 2013
* lone cabbage, or long cabbage, is a thin barrier island just south of deer island. the cabbage refers to the cabbage palm, Sabal palmetto, but if there was a cabbage palm on that island, it's gone now. basically a long, low dune sparsely covered with salt tolerant vegetation, this island is one of a string of barrier islands that run west of CK and are all slowly eroding away. included in this string is the island that once sheltered more than 20 bundled burials dating back 4K years. they were uncovered last fall after a storm that came in from the west. because of looting, archaeologists have removed the exposed burials, which were a 2nd internment, and plan on relocating them to another more secure environment.
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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.