More Eagles

If you can only get Ebola by direct contact with bodily fluids from someone who has it, how did the first guy get it???

The month of Sept closed with record rainfall in much of the state. Daytona topped 18” versus the previous high of 12” in 2004, after 3 hurricanes. Now in early October, it’s slowing down but not stopping. I got stuck on the dock yesterday in what started out as a cloudy day, became a light rain, and then a deluge. After 3 hours my bride came out with an umbrella and saved me. Getting the umbrella under the tree-arch-bridge on the path to the lake was interesting. One of us had to get wet – guess who. The most interesting thing was that while I down on the dock I spent a good bit of the time watching an eagle fishing in the lake. What surprised me was that in the hardest rain, probably a rate of 2” per hour, the eagle came off his tree, swooped down to the water, and scooped up a fish. I would never have thought he could see anything with all the rain.

The eagle I mentioned has morphed into two, which I expected. The interesting thing about this pair is how active they are. I spend a fair amount of time down on the dock in spurts during a day. I go down early to cast a few times for bass or speckled perch; mid morning to cool off and cast a few after working in the garden; late afternoon to cool off, cast a few, and read the WSJ or a new book or to do Sudoku puzzles. All in all I spend several hours on the dock. We’ve, from time to time, had eagle pairs set up house around the lake so it’s not unusual to see them fishing but this pair fishes, and fishes, and fishes. Almost any time I’m down there, at least one of them will take flight and they seem to be flying much closer to me than in the past. These aren’t sightings from a couple hundred yards but rather a couple hundred feet. The other thing is that they make quite a bit of noise and there seems to be a host of raptor sounds in the air constantly between the eagles and numerous hawks and ospreys. I’m wondering if the higher lake level has something to do with it. I love it.

We’re getting plenty of cucumbers but the thing is, fall cucumbers have worms. Some flying critter drills a pinhole and inserts an egg which quickly hatches, turns into a worm, and eats it’s little heart out. Some people would throw away the cuc, others would cut out the bad part, but we have a really interesting solution. You soak the cuc in a bowl of ice water. In just a few minutes the worm backs out of the hole, no muss, no fuss. This is another reason to grow your own – no action with store bought produce.

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