Blog Profile / The Brownstone Birding Blog

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5 Of The Most Hated Birds In Connecticut

Other than people who curse at pigeons and gulls for making a mess on their freshly-washed cars I don't think there are many bird haters in Connecticut. Surprisingly, most of the negativity I've encountered have come people who have an overall interest in birds. Show More Summary

Friendly Kingfisher And Shy Northern Bobwhite

I see plenty of Kingfishers throughout the year. They have loud call and they're really conspicuous when perched on a branch. That is why it frustrates me so that I never seem to get a good picture of one. They fly off as soon as I think about touching my camera as though they know what I'm thinking. Show More Summary

Field + Fence = Lazy Summer Birdwatching

I've heard quite a few birders say that they take a break from actively birding in the summer. They get a hangover from all that Spring migrant action and don't want to deal with summer birding conditions which includes too much heat, too many bugs, and too much foliage blocking the view. Show More Summary

First Real View Of Black-backed Woodpeckers!

The Black-backed Woodpecker has been a bird that I've wanted to see for several years. They are found in certain areas of northern new England where there is boreal habitat. They peel off bark looking in search of wood-boring beetles in specific spruce stands where some of the trees are in the process of dying after a fire, blow-down etc. Show More Summary

Great May Birding At A Tiny Town In Vermont

There's something about the landscape and small towns in northern New England that I've always found appealing. The air seemed to get fresher and mind clearer as I took a 4 hour drive to the area of Vermont that is referred to as the Northeast Kingdom. Show More Summary

Why Did The Pheasant Cross The Road?

Maybe he "chickened out" when I pointed my camera at him?

May Should Last For Two Months

If I had to pick one month as my favorite I would pick the month of May. Everywhere you look there are birds and plant life bursting with brilliant color. The weather is as perfect as it's going to get and birds are singing from every tree-top (Yellow Warbler). Show More Summary

Thou Shalt Honor Local Nature Preserves!

I visited the McKinney Preserve in Westbrook over the weekend. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. I noticed that there wasn't a single person visiting the property while I was there. I t made for a peaceful morning of birding but it's a shame that places like this aren't visited more often by birders. Show More Summary

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

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