Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

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Summer Surpassed Winter As My #3 Season

Spring has always been my favorite season in Connecticut with the fall season being a very close 2nd. Winter has always been 3rd on my list and summer has always come in last place. This year, as of today, I have made the decision that...Show More Summary

Less Sneaking & More Birding With Shore Pass

There are a good number of protected areas with public access along the Connecticut shoreline. Many of these protected areas seem to be comprised of marsh habitat that is a great place to find heron, Osprey (above), and many other species of birds. Show More Summary

Big Time Birds At Small Time Places

I've been spending the last couple of weekends searching the Middlesex County portion of Connecticut's shoreline for birds. The major beaches are crowded in this area during the summer so I concentrated on finding small overlooked areas as potential birding spots. Show More Summary

Yellow-crowned Night Heron At Saybrook

. I plan on spending most of the summer exploring areas in Middlesex County so I made a visit to Saybrook Point this morning. There is a little park next to the area where Dock and Dine used to be that has some marsh habitat. I was surprised at the number of Marsh Wrens there ( at least 4). Show More Summary

Surprise! I'm A Lister On eBird Top 100 !

If you were expecting to see bird photos in a post about eBird then you'll have an idea about the surprised reaction I had when I first found out that I was unknowingly on eBird. Here are a few photos from our town fireworks display this weekend. Show More Summary

State Park Pass For Summer Birding

I've tended to avoid state parks along the shore during the summer mostly due to the beach crowds and hefty state park fees. You can pay a one time fee of sixty-something dollars to have access to all the state parks for the year. I know someone who has a park pass and likes to go birding so it works out well. Show More Summary

Birds Outnumbered Mosquitoes At Meadows

The Wangunk Meadows can be brutal in the summer when it comes to biting flies and mosquitoes but there are also plenty of birds to see as well. On this particular morning I was lucky because the birds outnumbered the mosquitoes. There were plenty of flycatchers around including 6 Great-crested Flycatchers. Show More Summary

5 Of The Most Hated Birds In Connecticut

Other than people who curse at pigeons and gulls for making a mess on their freshly-washed cars I don't think there are many bird haters in Connecticut. Surprisingly, most of the negativity I've encountered have come people who have an overall interest in birds. Show More Summary

Friendly Kingfisher And Shy Northern Bobwhite

I see plenty of Kingfishers throughout the year. They have loud call and they're really conspicuous when perched on a branch. That is why it frustrates me so that I never seem to get a good picture of one. They fly off as soon as I think about touching my camera as though they know what I'm thinking. Show More Summary

Field + Fence = Lazy Summer Birdwatching

I've heard quite a few birders say that they take a break from actively birding in the summer. They get a hangover from all that Spring migrant action and don't want to deal with summer birding conditions which includes too much heat, too many bugs, and too much foliage blocking the view. Show More Summary

First Real View Of Black-backed Woodpeckers!

The Black-backed Woodpecker has been a bird that I've wanted to see for several years. They are found in certain areas of northern new England where there is boreal habitat. They peel off bark looking in search of wood-boring beetles in specific spruce stands where some of the trees are in the process of dying after a fire, blow-down etc. Show More Summary

Great May Birding At A Tiny Town In Vermont

There's something about the landscape and small towns in northern New England that I've always found appealing. The air seemed to get fresher and mind clearer as I took a 4 hour drive to the area of Vermont that is referred to as the Northeast Kingdom. Show More Summary

Why Did The Pheasant Cross The Road?

Maybe he "chickened out" when I pointed my camera at him?

May Should Last For Two Months

If I had to pick one month as my favorite I would pick the month of May. Everywhere you look there are birds and plant life bursting with brilliant color. The weather is as perfect as it's going to get and birds are singing from every tree-top (Yellow Warbler). Show More Summary

Thou Shalt Honor Local Nature Preserves!

I visited the McKinney Preserve in Westbrook over the weekend. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. I noticed that there wasn't a single person visiting the property while I was there. I t made for a peaceful morning of birding but it's a shame that places like this aren't visited more often by birders. Show More Summary

Flooded Fairgrounds, Herons & Turkey Tails

The town fair has been cancelled due to flooding conditions during some years. As you can see from this photo it makes parking difficult and cotton candy soggy. Fortunately, the fair is not until October but i t seems I'll have to wait for the water to recede before I can return to birding at my favorite local patch. Show More Summary

Yikes! Giant Spider But What Kind?

I was crossing a narrow footbridge across a stream when I saw this monster of a spider directly in my path. It looked just as big in person as it does in the photo. If this spider ever landed on my arm when I was taking a picture there's a good chance that my camera would have ended up in the stream. Show More Summary

Don't Let Impatience Can Spoil Your Birding Day

It's hard for me to imagine having a bad day of birdwatching unless I were to encounter an unexpected mishap like losing my binoculars or having my car break down. However, there are times when I have uninspiring or disappointing days of birding. Show More Summary

It Ain't Spring Until The Snipe Come To Town

There's no groundhog coming out of a hole looking for its shadow in the town of Portland but when the snipe start to descend upon the fairgrounds we know that Spring has finally begun. There is a little skating pond at the fairgrounds...Show More Summary

In Search Of Internet Birding Shows

I recently discovered the wonders of connecting my laptop to my tv with am HDMI cable. Any video or show that I find on the Internet can be played back on my big screen flatscreen television instead of having to watching it on a 17" laptop screen. Show More Summary

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