NANFA-- collecting today

R. W. Wolff (
Sat, 19 Apr 2003 21:30:55 -0500

Check above for pictures of most of the places I went today, but that was
months ago. I did not take the camera, it was raining, sometimes so hard I
had to drive slow. It was certainly an omen for the things to come. Other
than tons of mudminnow, I only caught two pumpkinseeds, a tadpole madtom, a
bluegill, and a northern red belly dace.

What would have been nice was to take pictures of all the birds. Sandhill
cranes, great blue herons, king fishers, mallard, bufflehead, ruddy,
ringneck, hooded merganser, and many more ducks, canadian geese ( like they
are rare huh ha ha) , trumpeter swan and numerous song birds, crows, rock
pigeons, mourning doves, turkeys, grouse, and probably many more. I did not
see any raptors though.

I don't know why I did so terrible, some waters were at low flow, some
medium, and some at flooding. Thick fog hung over lots of the water, since
it just warmed up again after a cool down. We have had a lot more cool down
than warm ups since October.

Lots of frogs calling too, leopard, wood, spring peeper, and a couple others
I couldn't make out for one reason or another. All in all it was a nice day
to be out and see what there was to be seen. I really cannot complain about
the rain, we have been lacking in water since its been cold ( October) and
finally making up for it. And rain is a whole lot better than that four
letter word, snow.

I also got to educate a couple of guys that there were more " minnows" than
just crappie minnows and fatheads. At first they seemed incredulous to the
dace and mudminnows. But then it clicked. They thought it was pretty neat
and wished me luck. I think they were out sight seeing as well, as it
appeared many people were doing on the marsh today. I seen alot of vehicles
just driving around the lonely dirt , gravel and mud roads.

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