Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

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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

A Snow Puddle Path Leading To Spring

It's been quite some time that I've been able to see what kind of bird activity their is at my favorite local patch. I thought that the snow might have melted enough that I might enjoy a walk through the meadows if I wore my waterproof boots. Show More Summary

5 Reasons I appreciate Cold, Miserable Winters

The month of February had record-setting temperatures and several feet of snow to go along with it. That kind of weather can affect your mood and force you to change your routine. You have no choice but to adapt to the situation. Although...Show More Summary

Is Winter The Best Time To Find Butterflies?

I visited Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens up in South Deerfield, Massachusetts this morning. Within footsteps from my car I was transported from a 15 degree winter morning to a miniature tropical paradise. It was humid and about 80 degrees inside so it took a while before my camera lens stopped fogging up. Show More Summary

Not Everyone Is On Board With eBird

Almost everyone who is into birdwatching knows has heard of eBird. It's a great way to keep track of your bird sightings online in a way that you're able to share the information with others. Sounds like a great idea doesn't it? That is why I was surprised when I learned that not everyone in on board with eBird. Show More Summary

Eagle Owl Sighting In Arctic Winter Conditions

I can imagine Clint Eastwood's voice coming out of this owl saying "Go ahead, make my day". It is actually a female Eurasian Eagle Owl and she is referred to as Big Mama. This photo gives some perspective of how large an Eagle Owl is. Show More Summary

Seeing Is Believing And Believing Is Seeing

At the end of January I took a ride down to Long Wharf in New Haven and was able to see Gadwall (above) along with a lots of Scaup. The photo was taken just after sunrise casting an orange glow over the ducks making me wonder if there...Show More Summary

Local Birds Are Like Veggies From The Garden

My search continued this weekend for first of year birds to be appreciated but not to be listed. I decided to keep my birding activities local so I could work around necessary errands like getting my oil changed. Staying in town is by no means a compromise for me though. Show More Summary

American Mink Standing On A Log

I was out at a local reservoir early in the morning when I saw this American Mink. Low lighting made the picture grainy but it was cool seeing it standing on a log readying itself to dive into the water. I wasn't sure what it was at first because I thought minks were skinny little critters. Show More Summary

January Quest For Birds To Keep Off The List

Over the years there has been much gnashing of teeth from birders who are passionately for against competitive listing of birds. I've always found the drama involved with those sort of discussions humorous. I've decided to take a stand on this topic that only a politician would be proud of. Show More Summary

Redheads And More At Meriden's Hanover Pond

I visited Hanover pond in Meriden for the first time the day after Christmas. Much of Meriden is an urban area but they do have their share of hiking trails, ponds and birding areas. This is a photo of the undeveloped side of the pond. Show More Summary

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

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