36 degrees at 5:50 a.m. CIVIL TWILIGHT begins at 6:48 a.m., SUNRISE at 7:145 a.m., SUNSET at 5:34 p.m. The MOON will rise at 9:41 a.m., a waxing crescent 10% illuminated. HIGH TIDE was at 2:11 a.m., LOW at 9:32 a.m., HIGH again at 4:06 p.m., and LOW again at 9:19 p.m.

Bob went out with me this morning. It was too cold to wander around at his pace, so after we got our coffee and hot chocolate, we walked over to the Park Beach to watch the SUN come up. A big flock of BLACK SKIMMERS was flying around in front of us while we were sitting on our favorite bench. After the SUN rose we decided to go down to Kona Joe’s for breakfast. We saw several OSPREY on our way down to the Dock Street Bridge, and from the bridge we saw 2 CORMORANTS swimming in the shallow water near the Island Place beach and a LITTLE BLUE HERON feeding close to the bridge.

Nice breakfast at Kona Joe’s. Talked to the Coach (from northern Michigan), the local guy with white hair, and two very interesting workers from Panama City. They’re in town to dig and install an electrical system for a house somewhere around here. One of them was a contractor, electrician, and a few other things, and the other was a shipbuilder, welder, logger, do-everything kind of guy who’s been having trouble finding work. Both of them were multi-competent and hardworking, and they’re going nuts with the economy — while the bankers, investment managers, and politicians are making out like bandits. I wonder whether things are ever going to come around again, or if we’ve reached some kind of tipping point and gone over the edge, never to return to the way things used to be? I can’t think about it, worry about it, do anything about it except to keep stimulating the local Cedar Key economy one cup of coffee at a time….

On our way home after breakfast we saw a big flock of STARLINGS perched on the wires across from Frog’s Landing, and Bob noticed a SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the Park Beach near the Kayak Rental stand.