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Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog


URL :http://brownstonebirder.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Hobbies / Birding
Posts on Regator:354
Posts / Week:1
Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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

Hawkapiphanies

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

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

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