Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - Vol. 103

Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - Vol. 103

This is the beginning of Week 2 at the Crown Point Banding Station.  I’m one of five who are running the station for the 46 consecutive year.  We have banded 34 different species and nearly 300 birds. 

The most special bird we had in hand was a Brewster’s Warbler, which is a cross between a Golden Wing Warbler and a Blue Wing Warbler.  

Last night and this morning, we caught two Indigo Bantings, both pretty males.  Later this morning, we caught two male Red-bellied Woodpeckers who responded to taped calls.  I thank Amy Sauer who programmed those calls in my MP3 player.

We had strong winds from the north, which took our canopies off their structures one afternoon.  It looks like temperatures will be in the 80s by the end of the week.  Passing showers twice late in the day produced a couple of doable rainbow. 

Hummer Bander, Ted Hicks, and I will be banding hummers at the Stillwater Restaurant on May 29 or 30 from 8 am to 11 am, weather depending.  You can call me for the date, 315-357-5150.

More bird banding news from Crown Point when I get home, but that’s another story. See ya.

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  • CHRISTIN HANLEY 25/05/2021 9:20am (1 year ago)

    I was wondering if I could come observe, take pics or help!
    I heard about this through a friend of mine in my BiRD Lovers of New York State on Facebook.
    Please let me know :0)


  • Kevin Roy 24/05/2021 9:34pm (1 year ago)

    My wife and I loved this experience last year and Gary is so informative. I posted our experience at the banding on the Bird Lovers of New York State Facebook page.

  • Donna Stoner 21/05/2021 12:18pm (1 year ago)

    Gary, how do you actually catch birds? I've read you've caught the same bird each year for many years and wonder how that's possible? thx.

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