Outdoor Adventures with Gary Lee - Vol. 71
You do not have to go outside, just look out your window and the fall beauty is there. If you’re outside or on a mountain top, it is just more spectacular. There were thousands out and about trying to capture that great fall shot, as parking lots and the little towns and villages in the Adirondacks were full this weekend.
Karen and I took a drive over to Blue Mountain Lake so I could check on the Fringed Gentians I have planted there the last couple years. The colors along the way were fantastic and around the parking area just south of Blue, around Lake Durant, they were super when you add in some white birches. These are along the Old Route 28 road opposite the parking lot that goes along the shoreline of Lake Durant. From there, you can look up into Blue Ridge Wilderness to the west, and Blue Mountain to the northeast through the birches. Lots of people had their cell phones taking photos and there were others who had real cameras. Some of these cell phones take some real nice photos. I guess they call them smartphones. I don’t know, because Karen only has a flip phone and it doesn’t take photos; luckily, it does make phone calls.
We walked into the bridge on Rock Pond behind the cemetery where you can view Blue Mountain from the far end of the bridge. Some kayakers came up from Lake Durant and the water was low enough that they could lean back and go under the bridge. One young lady said, “I’m not going under there as there are too many spiders.” Then, we met a lady hiking there from Jay, who had been paddling for four hours. We took the walk into the bridge, taking photos along the way before going back home.
Last night, to end the weekend, we took a sunset cruise with snacks on Big Moose Lake with Diane Bowes, on her party barge along with friends Mary Ann and Stu Nelson. The leaves were super and the sunset very nice. No red sun last night, so now it’s raining today which we need badly.
There have been a few brush fires locally and in other areas of the Adirondacks, as the woods have been very dry and much more rain is needed before these falling leaves cover the ground. They talk about light rain a few days this week, which will help.
Out west, some areas got some rain and snow which helped the forest fire situation, but there are still many fires burning without much containment. In California alone, new fires have just started and high temperatures, along with the winds predicted this week, will cause fires to spread and will force more people out of their homes. 3.7 million acres have burned. Now those acres will not have to be raked, as the President suggested, and 26 people have been killed.
A few more birds have passed through and some are wearing bands for their trip south; others like the Chickadees, Nuthatches and Woodpeckers will be spending the winter here. Some of these birds have been with me for several years around the feeders. A few Chickadees, Blue Jays and Nuthatches have been carrying their bands since 2014 and 2015, which is proved by a recapture this year. Just yesterday I got a Jay that I banded in 2015 and a Chickadee in 2014. The Saw-Whet Owls should start passing through soon and I hope to catch a few of those. Many of the returns that I’ve gotten from my banded birds have been from the Saw-Whet Owls from many different states, where they have been caught by other banders.
A new bird caught this week while banding was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. He screamed the whole time I was holding him to band, and he even nailed me a few times, drawing blood with his pecks on my fingers.
I did get out fishing for brook trout; we caught a few and had a few hits, but there have been better days...but that’s fishing. The water is cooling down, so it should get better before they spawn. We marked some nice fish, but they didn’t want to bite - or we didn’t have what was on their menu.
Moose are on the move and some seen locally, but that’s another story. See ya.