This blog originates on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in Louisiana. It proposes to share the things that happen on and by the river as the seasons progress. As the river changes from quiet, warm, slow flow to rises of eighteen feet or more, there are changes in the lives of the birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that use the river. And the mood of the river changes with the seasons. I propose to note and comment on these things.

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Location: Butte La Rose, Louisiana, United States

I transitioned a few years ago from a career as a water-pollution control biologist. I want to do this blog to stay in touch with a world outside my everyday surroundings, whatever they may be. I like open-minded company and the discussion of ideas. Photo by Brad Moon.

Friday, February 10, 2006


The time between dawn and sunrise is a good time to go out and listen to the world coming alive for another day. It is a good time to close your eyes and just hear what is happening. With a little practice many birds can be identified just from the sounds they make, especially at this early time of day. This morning I could hear towhees on the opposite bank, and cardinals all over the place, and Carolina wrens doing some of their unbelievable array of sounds. Crows are common morning callers, as are chickadees and, especially, titmice. These are all easy to identify if you close your eyes and listen, and practice a little.

Ray came out today and collected shrimp from the traps. He got a couple hundred of various sizes, mostly smaller ones. The combination wire cage/myrtle bush looks like it will be very effective. The trotline is very tight because I haven’t been able to clean it often enough, but the water is falling so the pressure should ease somewhat.

Posting to this site probably will be suspended until Sunday. They did some maintenance on Blogger last night and it's not working well right now.

The river is at 9.4 feet today on the Butte La Rose gauge, and is predicted to stay around there for several days. The Mississippi and the Ohio both show slight rises, nothing dramatic.

Rise and shine, Jim


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