The cold front last night came howling through and the wind stayed howling all day today. Not often you see whitecaps on the river, but they were there today.
Nice moon tonight, almost full. Tomorrow it will be full. Watching the full moon rise over the river is kind of awesome – even more so during spring when you can set up a spotting scope and focus it on the full moon while you lay back on a lounge and watch the show. The show is the night migration of birds flying back from South America, Mexico, etc. You can actually see the flocks in the scope as they cross the moon, and by taking one of the craters as a standard, you can come up with some approximation of the size of the birds – and therefore place them into categories of a sort. If you know enough about the flight pattern of different types of birds, you can identify groups in that way too. You can identify larger birds like herons and hawks, and flocks of smaller ones like shorebirds, not the individuals of course, but the general types. This is fun and keeps you off the street, I guess. I like it.
Talked to a crawfish buyer today and she told me the ponds are suffering from the low water table. Too bad, the warm weather would have been good for the crawfish growth rate. She told me that she sells pogies (menhaden) individually frozen and shad frozen in a big block. The pogies might be good cut bait for the trotline in this clear river water, if they stay firm after defrosting.
The river is at 3.1 feet at the Butte La Rose gauge today, and it’s rising slowly. Good thing, because if it wasn’t, the north winds of today would have blown all the water out. The Mississippi is rising a little, but the Ohio is falling so no good rises for a while yet.
Rise and shine, Jim