Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - Vol. 67
As you are out and about either on the lakes or on the highways, you can see the reds showing up on the landscape so you know it will not be long and more colors will be here. The temperatures have been getting a little lower each morning and not so high during the day.
The summer birds are on the move. I had several fall warblers at Eight Acre Wood yesterday, picking little green worms off the beech leaves just outside our upstairs windows. I had the net up and caught a few along with several Purple Finch and Goldfinch in my new Potter trap. In the trees, I saw Black- throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Canada, Nashville and Cape May Warblers, female Scarlet Tanager, Common Yellowthroat, several Red-eyed Vireos and Ovenbird. In the net, I caught one Black-throated Blue, three Blackburnian Warblers, Ovenbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay and a few new Black Capped Chickadees along with four hummers. I also got a few birds that I had banded before, including one Black Capped Chickadee from 2015.
The folks down south are still suffering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Laura, which came on shore with winds of 140 MPH and several tornadoes on the outer circle of the storm. Rains in places up to twelve inches; just be glad for where we live. The land being so flat, these winds continued inland for several miles, taking down trees, power lines and destroying homes and businesses. Some of the damage from previous storms has yet to be repaired and now this comes along with even more damage. New infrastructure will have to be built just for power to be restored and temperatures in the high nineties plus high humidity. Thousands are still without power and will be for a while yet.
The fires out west mostly in California are still burning out of control, most having less than 50% control lines and more lightning storms in the forecast without much rain. 93 recorded strikes set another 30 new fires, which add to the list of 730 fires already burning. Two of the fires have the largest acreage of any fires ever recorded in California. Seven lives have been lost and the total acreage burning is now the size of the state of Delaware. Over 2,100 structures have been burned with many more thousands still in danger. Our Prayers are with all these folks trying to cope with nature and natural disasters.
Then the COVID-19 virus is still out there, with more than 6 million now having the virus and over 180,000 have died from this virus. So far, we have been mostly spared here in the north country, even though we have had many outside visitors. Most are wearing masks, which prevents the spread of this virus. With the schools going to open in a week let’s hope these things do not change. There has been an uptick in cases of younger people as many colleges try to open without much success, as students come from all areas of the country. Some younger folks still think they are invincible and are getting together unprotected and that is how this virus spreads so rapidly.
Many may not think this is part of nature, but it sure has changed things in Nature in this part of the woods. More people have traveled less and are trying to recreate closer to home, which has put much more pressure on local resources, campsites, trails, lakes, ponds, wildlife and the people that maintain, rescue people from these places and police and protect these resources. This has also put in much more time and effort from local search and rescue personnel who get involved in these searches and rescues.
Going down to the pond last night, I found a neat shelf mushroom called chicken of the woods which is a bright orange and yellow, hence the name. Some say it is good to eat, but I have never tried it.
Deer, turkeys and even moose are being seen more and more along the local highways since this is a place for them to eat and they must cross to get to an area to eat or drink. Don’t be in such a hurry to get from one place to another. Slow down and enjoy the beauty along the way, soak in some of our good nature to coin Inlet’s phrase. Coming home from Long Lake the other day, a deer was crossing the road in a hurry up run by Burke’s Marina and it was just missed by a car coming in the other direction; I mean just missed. Might even be some hair on the headlight.
Moose will soon be on the move looking for mates and these bulls do a lot of traveling, but that’s another story. See ya.