Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - vol. 5

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Outdoor Adventures 6/12/19

The rain has stopped for couple days, but it looks like much of this week will be wet with showers or just plain rain many days. Let’s hope it isn’t the 7 inches that North Carolina got in three hours yesterday, June 8, which caused lots of flooding. Most of our lakes are running about a foot high and the loons aren’t being able to cope with the water levels or the bugs. Would you sit on a nest for 27 days with swarming bugs, or swim out in the lake where you could dive and get away from them, even if for a short while.  Of the many lakes I’m watching, I only have one pair that hasn’t lost their nest, or has even started nesting.

The little bit of sunshine has brought out some of the butterflies with the yellow swallowtails that are flitting about everywhere. There have also been some red admirals and comms working the pretty pink azalea bushes. I was up on Beaver and Francis Lakes yesterday and there are many azaleas along the shorelines of these lakes which the butterflies and hummers are working on.

The pink lady’s slippers are out in big numbers this spring, so they must like the rain and not much sun. Let’s hope that showy lady’s slippers are just as happy and they will be out for the Father’s Day Bog Walk in Remsen. I will be meeting folks at View at nine and others by Shufelt’s Garage on Route 12 at ten and go from there to the bog. Bring your camera or cell phone and wear something on your feet that you don’t care if it gets wet or muddy. There are also other wildflowers in the area that may be blooming.

The yellow lady’s slippers that grow near there have passed, but I found some in this area during the week.  The patch is growing with four blooms in one place and a single bloom not far away. They didn’t get frosted during the week, so they may put out a few more seeds and make more babies to bloom in a couple years.

Some birds are already nesting and raising babies. The males of these species are normally singing on territory and protecting the nest site. I have a junco nest along my road to the pond, and the male gets mad and chirps quite loudly when I walk by. I haven’t found the nest in the grass yet, but it can’t be far from the path. Once, while walking into Brooktrout Lake, I found five junco nests, not far from the trail, when the adults flushed off them.

Master bander Gordon Howard sent me the results of our banding efforts at Crown Point.  We banded 1089 birds, which was the fourth highest total number in the 44 years we have banded there. Two new records were: 313 blue jays (old record of 121) and 13 rose-breasted grosbeaks.  We banded 69 total species, but no new ones.  We did have a screech owl and a black billed cuckoo in the area, but didn’t catch either. The wind and the rain were not fun at times, but the birding was great for most of the time, as there were not many slow times catching birds.

A moose was seen and photographed along Route 30, north of Long Lake, during the week.  It was eating food that adsorbed some of the road salt in plant tissue.  Another was seen about four miles in the Moose River-area, just walking down the road like it owned the place, by Governor Brook. I don’t know if any of the over 900 bike riders got to see it during the Blackfly Challenge yesterday, as they were probably ducking blackflies.

I did have a nice sighting yesterday as I watched a bald eagle fly in and feed her young, while checking one of my loon lakes. I couldn’t see how many young she had, but there have been two in the nest the last couple years.

Fawns have started to be born, so watch out for them crossing the roads following mom, but that’s another story. See ya.    

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