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Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

Filed Under:Hobbies / Birding
Posts on Regator:342
Posts / Week:1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

10 Things It Take To Be A Birding Explorer

As someone who does a lot of birding on the weekends I find that it's often more comfortable to visit a place that has already been established as a productive birding spot. You only have so much free time and if you take a chance on a new spot you might end up in a dead zone where you don't see many birds. Show More Summary

Birding Along Windsor Locks Canal Trail

I always thought that Windsor Locks was an odd name for a town when I was a kid. Later I learned that it was name for a set of canal locks that were built in the 1820's to help ships get by the shallow rapids in that area of the Connecticut River. Show More Summary

Birds Of Wisdom Are Up At Dawn

I've found that one of the surest ways to a special experience is to arrive at your birding destination before dawn. I believe that nature has doors to secret rooms that are locked once the whir of the human machine starts to permeate the atmosphere. Show More Summary

88.2 % Of Birders Suffer From Birding Boredom

It has been determined that 88.2% of birders suffer from birding boredom at some point during the year. During these periods of boredom, even the brilliant beauty of an Eastern Bluebird can be taken for granted. For me, It's usuallyShow More Summary

Historical Main Street To Birds By The River

Once in a while I like to let my bike choose my birding trail. This time I started heading down Main Street in Portland and found myself checking out some historical sites along the way. I stopped for a break at our local civil war heroes...Show More Summary

Little Red Cottage & Little Blue Heron In Guilford

As I was standing at a town boat launch in Guilford looking across the water and saw a little red cottage on a nearby island. There was something about the bold red color and rustic style that captured my attention. After asking around, I learned that it was located on Grass Island. Show More Summary

Deer Crossing The Water At Guilford Point

I was in Guilford Connecticut this morning scanning the harbor with my binoculars searching for birds. Out In the distance I saw what appeared to be an animal swimming. At first, only the head of the deer was visible but then its body started to emerge from the water. Show More Summary

When Endangered Birds Can't Pay The Rent

Both the Grasshopper Sparrow (above) and the Upland Sandpiper (below) are both endangered species in the state of Connecticut. Over a ten year period I've only had a handful of sightings of either one of them. Last weekend I found 2Show More Summary

Migration Observations At Your Local Patch?

The month May is prime time for warblers and many other Spring migrants in Connecticut. Each year I like to keep tabs on what changes and what remains the same in terms of birds I find at my local patch. Most of these observations are subjective because it is limited to such a small area but here are a few things I've noticed this year. Show More Summary

Did You Know That Porcupines Climb Trees?

About 10 years ago I was wandering around a logging road in a remote area of northern Maine with my cousin. We looked up at a tall, dead, tree and saw a strange looking creature in the process of climbing towards the top. At the time, we were baffled as to what it might be. Show More Summary

10 Reasons Why Warblers Are Overrated

I recently found some yellowlegs feeding in a puddle at the fairgrounds and remembered my enthusiasm at seeing one for the first time years ago. I was new to birding at the time and some of the veteran birders who were there assured me that if I was impressed with a yellowlegs I would surely be ecstatic when if I was able to see some warblers. Show More Summary

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Caught On The Nest

I've been hearing Blue-gray Gnatcatchers around our woods for the last month or so. They tend to stay higher in the trees so it can be hard to get a good look at them.They have a pointy little bill, white outer tail feathers.They aren't particularly colorful. Show More Summary

Seeking Ground That's Higher Or Drier

I planned on birding my local patch at Wangunk Meadows only to find that the Connecticut River had flooded over route 17 as it often does this time of the year. Since I didn't have a canoe handy I decided to check out some other areas in Portland. Show More Summary

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

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