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Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

Filed Under:Hobbies / Birding
Posts on Regator:329
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Secret City Of Great Blue Herons

Portland is an ordinary small town in Connecticut best known for its Brownstone Quarries but tucked away within its meadows is a large heron rookery. You may not see the herons on the nest from this photo but they are there. I counted...Show More Summary

Sometimes Boredom Restores Balance

I visited Mowhawk Trail State Forest last week and stayed in one of their thirty dollar a night bargain cabins. They are bare bones but do come with electricity and a very efficient woodstove. Mowhawk Trail area is very quiet this time of the year. Show More Summary

Historic Factory, Birdlife, & "Selfies" At Starr Mill

The building in this photo started out as a weapons factory in 1812 that produced pistols, rifles, and commemorative swords for famous historic figures like Andrew Jackson. Today the building is used for apartment rentals and small businesses such as art galleries, hair salons, yoga, and meditation centers. Show More Summary

Stranded 20 Miles Deep In The Woods- Post # 2

Post # 2- I first found out about them 30 years ago when we on a fishing trip. We heard the locals talking about these "woods people". Apparently, they broke off from the community almost 200 years ago and chose to live in complete isolation. Show More Summary

Green-winged Teal Helped Crack The Duck Code

It wasn't that long ago bird-watching became an official hobby for me. During the my year ducks were a mystery to me. All I ever saw was Mallards. I didn't know enough that you had to be at the right place or time to find those other ducks that seemed only to exist in field guides. Show More Summary

Red-necked Grebes Visit Portland Connecticut

I was doing a quick check of my local patch this morning when a diving bird in the Connecticut River caught my eye. I didn't have binoculars with me but did have my camera. I thought it was a Red-necked Grebe but wanted to capture a photo. Show More Summary

Starting With The Gathering Of Wood Ducks

I took a walk along some abandoned train tracks in Middletown on Sunday morning. Winter continued its icy grip as the wind gusts exceeded 30 mph. As I searched off in the distance I found an encouraging early sign of the arrival of spring. Show More Summary

I Just Watched A Birder's Guide To Everything

I've been anxious to see the movie "A Birder's guide To Everything" since I learned about it last summer on the Birding with Kenn & Kimberly blog. It's only playing in select theaters so I decided to rented it from the online Itunes store and watched it on my laptop. Show More Summary

Try Asking The Locals Where To Find Birds

I decided to head towards the eastern shoreline to do some birding but stopped at a local diner along the way. While I was having breakfast, one of the patrons at the restaurant saw me reading a field guide. He suggested that I check the area where the Black Hall River crosses 156 claiming there were lots of eagles and ducks near the bridge. Show More Summary

Goodbye Winter- Let's Zoom Ahead To Spring!

There are some things I enjoy about winter like a walk through the woods with a path decorated by a light coating of freshly fallen snow or a sunny day with blue skies and no wind. The powerful sound of large sheets ice breaking free as they fight there way down the Connecticut River is an awesome sight. Show More Summary

The Nature-Birding-Meditation Connection.

The human mind is amazing when it comes to creativity and problem solving. Trying to quiet our minds so that we can relax is a bigger challenge. I recognized at a young age that a walk through the woods can be an effective way to unwind. Show More Summary

Fresh Snow Is A Perfect Backdrop For Birds

There's nothing like freshly fallen snow and blue skies to bring out the beauty in birds like this Eastern Bluebird. It's worth trudging through the woods to take in the scenery after a snowstorm. I didn't see a whole lot of birds but the ones I did see seemed as if they were in a 3 dimensional painting. Show More Summary

A Foggy Day Ends With A Down To Earth Harrier

I started February with a search through Hammonasset Park but the fog put a damper on things. There were no Snowy Owls to be found and visibility was poor. I've been trying to get a better sense of what the new Canon can do but birds seem to be avoiding the camera lately. Show More Summary

Surviving January In A Bird Eat Bird World

January has just about come to a close and my "Big January" list never did get that big. If my tally is correct then I'll end having seen just 81 species of birds this month which is about 10 -20 species less than what I usually see in Connecticut during January. Show More Summary

Winter Weather & The Canon SX50 HS Camera

I've been reading about the impressive 50x optical zoom on the Canon SX50 HS camera and recently decided to purchase one that I found on sale at a local store. Unfortunately the weather has been lousy whenever I've had a chance to try this camera out. Show More Summary

Starting The Year With A Big January Bird Count

I got out to do my first birding of 2014 this weekend. I got off to a slow start on Saturday. We had wicked cold temperatures the previous two days that froze all the area ponds and the woods that I checked seemed fairly quiet. I tallied up a few of the easiest species such as Canada Goose but didn't come across anything out of the ordinary. Show More Summary

A Big January And Big February Works For Me

I've been doing a Big January for the last several years. It's a fun way to start the year and shorten the winter. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, Big January is an annual tradition when birders make a list of all the species they see in the month of January. Show More Summary

Connecticut River Is One Long Birding Trail

I spend a larges percentage of my time birding areas along the Connecticut River throughout the year. I especially appreciate the variety of options the Connecticut River offers during the winter months.On extremely cold days there are a number of access points from which you can scan for birds from your car. Show More Summary

Don't Stress The Snowy Owl On My Windshield

Can You find the Snowy Owl hidden behind the tall marsh grass off in the distance? Before you pass judgement on what might be considered a lousy photo of a Snowy Owl let me explain something. I planned it that way because I didn't want to stress the bird. Show More Summary

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