Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

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Random Fall Birds & Thoughts

Fall might be my favorite season. It has a mysterious feel about it that I can't quite put my finger on. I love the smell of burning firewood on a cool night, fresh-picked apples, seeing the decorative pumpkins, camping out in a tent and especially the colorful foliage. Show More Summary

Mesmerized By One Proud And Noble Bluebird

It was a beautiful Fall morning yesterday with crisp, clean air and bright blue skies. I was out making my rounds looking for birds that I haven't seen yet this year. I don't consider myself to be a "lister" but I have been keeping track of bird species that I see in my county during the year. Show More Summary

Fall Comes And Goes In The Blink Of An Eye

It was just a couple of weeks ago that summer was coming to an end. I was walking through the fields and you could feel the cooler air pushing in the morning fog. The damp air left dew drops on plants and spider webs. It's usually around...Show More Summary

Some Warbler Done Somebody Wrong Song

A few weeks ago I was walking along an undeveloped portion of the Airline Rail Trail. It is an elevated trail which is bordered on one side by forest and overlooks the Connecticut River from the other side. Over the last couple of years...Show More Summary

A Huge White Pelican Just Flew Over My House!

I was in my back yard cutting my grass this morning with one of those non-powered reel push mowers. At the same time, I was watching the sky knowing that this will be the last weekend that large numbers of broad-winged Hawks might move through the area. Show More Summary

Quiet Nature Preserves Have Their Busy Days

We have a small nature preserve in town named The Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary. I like to stop in for a quick look around whenever I'm in the area. During my last visit their was a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out keyeer keyeer keeyer from the top of a pine tree just as I was getting out of my car. Show More Summary

Black Swans Not Native But A First For Me

I saw a Black Swan this weekend which has been hanging around South Cove in Old Saybrook. They are native to Australia so this is probably an escaped bird. Still, it's the first time I've seen one.

Ignored Birds Are Conspicuous Birds

My wife and I Spent a couple of days at Saybrook Point Inn. The top photo is a view of the Saybrook Point Marina as seen from our window. I had no plans to do any birding during our stay but birds seem to have a way of finding me. It's hard to ignore a tree full of Monk Parakeets when they're ten feet from where you parked your car. Show More Summary

Old Saybrook Has A Good Point

I visited took a ride down to Saybrook Point this weekend. It is in the town of Old Saybrook located where the 400 mile long Connecticut River empties into Long Island Sound. On this particular morning there was a lot of fog in the area making viewing conditions difficult. Show More Summary

Shorebird Clock=Right Tide And Right Time

Last weekend when I checked visited the Westbrook shoreline early in the morning. Right from the start I knew it was the right tide and right time for seeing shorebirds. As I started to walk up the beach a yellowlegs seemed to be leading the way. Show More Summary

Mortensen Riverfront Park Carribean Festival

I like to take some breaks from the usual birding routine to check out some of the area festivals during the summer- (a lthough, I did notice a few Double-crested Cormorants along this stretch of the Connecticut River). This a view of...Show More Summary

Early Shore Birding On Hot Summer Days

We've had 15 days this month in Connecticut with high temps in the 90's. Humidity is my Kryptonite and the only birding that is tolerable for me in those conditions is to head to the shoreline early in the morning. That way, I can avoid the heat, beach crowds, and parking fees. Show More Summary

Why Are Monk Parakeets In Connecticut?

I recently came across some Monk Parakeets in Old Saybrook. I first saw a Monk Parakeet in my parent's backyard when I was a teen. I assumed that it was someone's pet that had escaped. Many years later I saw them nesting along the Connecticut shoreline and was shocked that a whole colony of parakeets would be nesting in Connecticut. Show More Summary

Happy Independence Day!

Middletown Connecticut had their annual fireworks display Saturday night. We've seen many over the years and this was one of their best shows yet. The fireworks are lunched from a platform on the Connecticut River. We, along with hundreds of other residents watched from the Portland side of the river. Show More Summary

What I Like About Cows

Cows always seem to go about things at a relaxed pace.Although I've never aspired to be a cow I do sometimes envy their laid back lifestyle. For me, they symbolize a direct contrast from the busy world we live in. Years ago I found an old children's book in our house that was left behind by the previous owners. Show More Summary

Gotcha! White-Faced Ibis

I and a self-confessed slacker-birder at times and I know this has led to me overlooking some rare birds. I almost drove past a White-faced Ibis this weekend. I saw a couple of Ibis on the edge of a pond in Old Saybrook on Sunday. I've...Show More Summary

Life Happens And Life Goes On

We all get hit with an unexpected dose of life happens at one time or another. Expensive things may break and we may lose friends or family but that's life. I've had my own run of that recently, putting a hold on my usual birding routine. Show More Summary

Birding Took A Back Seat To Yardwork

Reluctantly, birding had to take a back seat to yardwork and other responsibilities. Yes, even birders sometimes have to trim hedges,weed gardens, have the car serviced etc.. Of course, I had every intention to sneak a little birding in after I was done but quickly realized it was time to shut the birding down and get the work done. Show More Summary

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