Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Ignored Birds Are Conspicuous Birds

My wife and I Spent a couple of days at Saybrook Point Inn. The top photo is a view of the Saybrook Point Marina as seen from our window. I had no plans to do any birding during our stay but birds seem to have a way of finding me. It's hard to ignore a tree full of Monk Parakeets when they're ten feet from where you parked your car. Show More Summary

Old Saybrook Has A Good Point

I visited took a ride down to Saybrook Point this weekend. It is in the town of Old Saybrook located where the 400 mile long Connecticut River empties into Long Island Sound. On this particular morning there was a lot of fog in the area making viewing conditions difficult. Show More Summary

Shorebird Clock=Right Tide And Right Time

Last weekend when I checked visited the Westbrook shoreline early in the morning. Right from the start I knew it was the right tide and right time for seeing shorebirds. As I started to walk up the beach a yellowlegs seemed to be leading the way. Show More Summary

Mortensen Riverfront Park Carribean Festival

I like to take some breaks from the usual birding routine to check out some of the area festivals during the summer- (a lthough, I did notice a few Double-crested Cormorants along this stretch of the Connecticut River). This a view of...Show More Summary

Early Shore Birding On Hot Summer Days

We've had 15 days this month in Connecticut with high temps in the 90's. Humidity is my Kryptonite and the only birding that is tolerable for me in those conditions is to head to the shoreline early in the morning. That way, I can avoid the heat, beach crowds, and parking fees. Show More Summary

Why Are Monk Parakeets In Connecticut?

I recently came across some Monk Parakeets in Old Saybrook. I first saw a Monk Parakeet in my parent's backyard when I was a teen. I assumed that it was someone's pet that had escaped. Many years later I saw them nesting along the Connecticut shoreline and was shocked that a whole colony of parakeets would be nesting in Connecticut. Show More Summary

Happy Independence Day!

Middletown Connecticut had their annual fireworks display Saturday night. We've seen many over the years and this was one of their best shows yet. The fireworks are lunched from a platform on the Connecticut River. We, along with hundreds of other residents watched from the Portland side of the river. Show More Summary

What I Like About Cows

Cows always seem to go about things at a relaxed pace.Although I've never aspired to be a cow I do sometimes envy their laid back lifestyle. For me, they symbolize a direct contrast from the busy world we live in. Years ago I found an old children's book in our house that was left behind by the previous owners. Show More Summary

Gotcha! White-Faced Ibis

I and a self-confessed slacker-birder at times and I know this has led to me overlooking some rare birds. I almost drove past a White-faced Ibis this weekend. I saw a couple of Ibis on the edge of a pond in Old Saybrook on Sunday. I've...Show More Summary

Life Happens And Life Goes On

We all get hit with an unexpected dose of life happens at one time or another. Expensive things may break and we may lose friends or family but that's life. I've had my own run of that recently, putting a hold on my usual birding routine. Show More Summary

Birding Took A Back Seat To Yardwork

Reluctantly, birding had to take a back seat to yardwork and other responsibilities. Yes, even birders sometimes have to trim hedges,weed gardens, have the car serviced etc.. Of course, I had every intention to sneak a little birding in after I was done but quickly realized it was time to shut the birding down and get the work done. Show More Summary

From Baby Beggar To Brash Adult Mockingbird

A couple of weeks go I was rushing from place to place on a frantic search for warblers. Now the peak of spring migration has passed and we are entering the nesting season. this past Saturday I was down by the shore intending to look for shorebirds. Show More Summary

Birdie Beauty Contest

I took a lot of bird photos over the last week and didn't know what to do with them so I thought I'd have a bird beauty contest. My favorite for this week was this Cedar Waxwing so I'm giving it first place. I thought these baby Canada Geese were kind of cute. Show More Summary

Birding By Ear Saves Time And Your Neck

For the first few years that I went birding during spring migration I would get a condition known as warbler neck. This is when muscles in the upper shoulders and neck stiffen up from looking up in the trees with binoculars trying to find warblers and other returning migrant birds. Show More Summary

Like Pieces Of A Puzzle Falling From The Sky

For most of the month of April spring migration was moving along gradually as swallows, phoebes, and early warblers started to arrive. While others like Dark-eyed Juncos began heading north. Saturday was a sunny day so I got an early start by checking the area surrounding our local reservoir. Show More Summary

Pictures Don't Always Tell The Whole Story

It's hard for me to remember what it was like to go birding without bringing my camera along. I like having a visual record of what I see but there is a lot that happens when I'm birding that I never capture on film. For example, seconds...Show More Summary

Camping, Birding & Rambling Around Kent CT

I spent a few days camping out in Macedonia State Forest in Kent Connecticut. I added the canopy as extra protection because there was some rain in the forecast but overall I had good weather. Kent and the surrounding Litchfield area has a lot of scenic beauty so I can understand why many celebrities have built there homes in this part of the state. Show More Summary

The Robin Says Why Am I Not Good Enough?

Most birders I know don't get all that excited when they see a robin. No one would want gold if it could be found if everyone's back yard. It is part of human nature that we tend not to appreciate what we have but instead covet what we don't have. Show More Summary

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