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Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

Filed Under:Hobbies / Birding
Posts on Regator:359
Posts / Week:1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Innocent Snow Goose Vandalized By Elves!

I found this Snow Goose in a corn field near Lyman's orchard this morning and I must say that I am appalled! It's one thing to decorate Christmas trees but can't we leave the poor Snow Geese alone?

A Holiday Tradition For Birders

It's that time of year when the annual Christmas bird counts are taking place all around the northeast. Prior to 1900 it was tradition to shoot as many birds as possible. Counting them seems to be much more in the Christmas spirit. I participated in a local count over the weekend. Show More Summary

Eagles Offer A Gateway To Birding

There are many times when I'm out birdwatching that I here the question-"Have you seen any eagles?". Sometimes I'm just asked if I've seen any with the assumption that I must be looking for eagles. Every winter people in ConnecticutShow More Summary

Black Friday Birding Specials

I was out with all the birders on Black Friday. It was mayhem today. Birders were lined up in sleeping bags waiting for the locked gates to open at all the state parks. As an incentive crows were available for viewing at no cost. Birders...Show More Summary

Rating My Interest In Random Birding Topics

(morning Scene from Wangunk Meadows in Portland) ( adult male Northern Harrier (gray ghost) which I saw at the meadows last weekend) While I'm out birding at various places I often run into other people who strike up conversations with me (or vice versa ) about birds or other aspects of nature. Show More Summary

Cold Weather Car Brrrrrrding!

I generally tolerate cold weather fairly well but I was not ready for the sudden shock of temperatures in the 20's when I first walked out the door on Saturday. A persistent breeze made it even colder. I consulted with my car and we made an executive decision that it was going to be a birding-by-car-only day. Show More Summary

Can You Recall Individual Bird Sightings?

I was standing at a field near the Portland fairgrounds when I heard a shotgun blast nearby. I was thinking about how I had carelessly forgotten to bring my orange vest with me. Seconds later, a fairly large bird glided into the tall grass in the field just in front of me. Show More Summary

Behold The Kinglet With The Crown Of Gold

I was in the midst of birding along the shoreline when I came across a cedar tree with several Golden-crowned Kinglets fluttering from the branches as they searched for food. Up until this point my unofficial objective was to look for a variety of sparrows and keep my eye out for certain species of birds that had been reported in the area. Show More Summary

Birdwatching At The Nameless Campground

This was the view from my lakeside tent site in the Berkshires. There are only 12 total sites at this particular state campsite. I chose it because walk-in only camping is available here during the off-season. I prefer walk-in camping when using a tent so that you can time your arrival with a suitable weather forecast. Show More Summary

Following Roots Back To New Hampshire

A few family members took an October day trip up to a small town in New Hamphire. Gilsum has a population of about 800 and you can tell by looking at this picture of the town mall that the town hasn't changed much over the years. WeShow More Summary

I Just Saw Birders: The Central Park Effect

I just took out a copy of Birders: The Central Park Effect (HBO) from the local library and watched it for the first time.This is the third movie I've seen about birding but the first one which features real birders. It's a documentary that interviews birders while they are birding in central park throughout the movie. Show More Summary

Savannah Sparrows Hiding In The Cornfields

I made a visit to my local patch at Wangunk Meadows this weekend to check on the state of the sparrows and other birds. I walked along the river past the fairgrounds to the northern end of Wangunk. Along the way I counted 8 Swamp Sparrows,...Show More Summary

Some Nice Sightings At Sharon Audubon Center

I camped out at Macedonia Brook State Park this weekend. During the day I decided to take a ride over to The Sharon Audubon Center which was within close driving distance. There are several well-marked trails on the property. with a couple of nice ponds on property. Show More Summary

Walden Preserve & The Woolly Bear Caterpillar

I recently visited the Walden Preserve in Salem Connecticut. It is owned by the nature conservancy and managed by the Salem Land Trust. It contains 400 acres of fields,woodlands, streams as well as some small ponds and is also part of the 8 Mile River Watershed. Show More Summary


I spent some time hawk watching over the last couple of weeks. The top photo is a field in West Hartland where Paul Carrier hosts an annual Hawkwatch for the Hartford Audubon. There is a Hartland, East Hartland, and West Hartland CT....Show More Summary

Breaking Routines And Self-imposed Rules

I think that most people have some sort of routine that they follow from the time we wake up, do our chores, eat, exercise... et cetera. We might also have some self-imposed rules like no eating after 9pm for example, or maybe something more personal and specific. Show More Summary

Most Outings Amount To Only A Piece Of A Post

I've been doing this bird blog for almost 10 years now. I decided long ago to set a reasonable goal of trying to average one post a week but even that is a challenge sometimes. I usually need something to inspire me. A really nice photo...Show More Summary

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

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