At 6:30 a.m. it’s about 65 degrees, misty, and overcast. No MOON, no VENUS. As I walked along I caught a few glimpses of the MOON but never saw VENUS. Got to the far end of Park Beach at 6:50 a.m. and found the SPOTTED SANDPIPER taking a bath in the shallow water near the Cedar Cove rocks. After some fluttering and splashing, it climbed up onto the rocks to preen. The GREAT BLUE HERON is across the canal from me, standing on a rock. It’s preening too. The BLACK SKIMMERS are looping around in front of the Cedar Cove Townhouses this morning, and I just heard a KINGFISHER somewhere nearby.

Got to the Townhouses at 7:05 a.m. There’s no wind this morning, but the BLACK SKIMMERS are just as active as they were yesterday. So much for my South wind theory…. The SUN has risen, but it’s hidden behind heavy gray clouds. Saw a ROBIN perched on the utility wires near the Cedar Cove driveway.

Got to the Dock Street Bridge at 7:20 a.m. and saw a OSPREY perched on the #1 Green Channel Marker. The SUN is now high enough that it’s beginning to show through the clouds. Saw a GREAT BLUE HERON perched on the “IDLE SPEED ONLY” sign in the Cedar Key Marina. I noticed its black shoulders, black and white head, long yellow bill, long mating plumes down the front, and black on lower belly.

Bob and I went up to the LSNWR Observation Deck at about 4:00 p.m. When we first arrived, we saw a small alligator swimming very close to the Deck. It seemed as interested in us as we were in it. Bob heard a BARRED OWL. We saw at least 2 more ALLIGATORS and a TURTLE out of the water in the grass across the pond.

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