north florida - shell mound - good friday

By: marsHen , 11:30 AM GMT on April 06, 2012

06:50, 65F, calm, misty. partly cloudy. dead possum by back door. yellow dogs looking alternately proud and sheepish.. roosters carrying on. young wrens flitting about. crows cawing. wrens better hide ...
70:50, 65F. 5 minutes of rain. that was it. worked up a sweat doing the morning chores. pileated woodpecker in the donkey woodlot, working on the dead cherry again. 4 deer in the cactus field. buzzards worrying something where I saw that fawn. didn't go look. brunch with a no. fl. author - sausage, eggs and grits..
12:50. low 70's at the shell mound where an excavation is going on. wind WNW, 10-12 knts but we were working on the SW side so only got a breeze.
we were ~ 12-15 ft. up the mound sifting shell, etc. from a trench put in just below us. found some pottery, plain.. lots of fish bones and some otoliths from catfish and trout. mostly oyster shell but some clams, crown conch, and lightning whelks. a few conch hammers. will return tomorrow.
16:00, breezy. high tide! lovely views across the marsh from the shell mound which in some spots is 25 ft. high. this is a crescent mound where parts have been "mined" for fill, but it still encompasses 5 acres. tomorrow we might dig in the plaza that the mound folds around. left to do chores before church.
16:30, mid 70's at the farm, breeze from north. got 6 eggs. fed herbivores early.
19:00, mid-tide at CK going out. NW wind 10-15 knts. choppy at the sand spit with a lot of beach exposed. at 20:00 a small crowd of folks gathered to watch the deep pink sunset.. did not see any ducks on the way home over #4 bridge.
22:10, orange full moon over the lane. misty but venus very bright. love that big orange moon!

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1. janetlee
2:23 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
daughter had a LIVE baby racoon whinning at her back door the other evening. dog was frightened by it. she finally called wildlife rescue because it would not let her or dog out the door. It actually chased her around the house when she tried to corral it for its momma. rescue said it was probably an orphan since it stayed there overnight. (shes in sarasota)
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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.