Bryan's Posts About Birdwatching

Watching Swallows

Finding respite from suburbia, in suburbia, within a flock of swallows on the wing. Oh, and some friendly advice for over-eager birdwatchers and photographers.

Gull Gratitude

Say what you will about the coronavirus tragedy — and I need not add to the dialogue here — but it seems to be good for gull-watching.

Geese, Gulls and Owls

Three celebrations of “stick season” — in black, white and gray: the eruption of Snow Geese here in Vermont and in New York, the anticipation of Snowy Owls from the Arctic, and the joys of watching gulls during my online workshop on November 20.

When Songbirds Fall to Earth

Delivered from the fog, the grace and irony of tired warblers feeding at my feet on Monhegan Island, Maine.

The Falcon and the Flycatcher

Here on Monhegan Island, a flycatcher dies in a falcon’s grip, and then falls gracefully to earth.

What’s Next: Warblers

I am grateful that the leaves are taking their time arriving this spring. That’s because the warblers are coming. Well, actually, the warblers are already here. So please see them — now.

The Forecast Calls for Finches

Finches and other visitors from the far north have already begun to show up in New England and northern tier states. And the forecast is for more of them. Lots more.

My Extra Hour in Nature

When the rest of America turns back its clocks this weekend, I’ll begin my plan to bend time and claim one wild and precious hour.

Snowy Owl Alert

Snowy Owls are now turning up in New England, Quebec, Ontario, Michigan and across central Canadian provinces. I’ll be tracking the migration for you this winter on the Snowy Owl Scoop.

A Flock of Sunrises and a Singular Sunset on Monhegan Island

Yes, the dawn can glow through the fog on Monhegan Island. But these sunrises were tiny warblers, glimmering for us birdwatchers in hues of red, orange, yellow, bay, blue and green.

The Death of a Hummingbird

In the struggle for existence, here’s a loser. Or so it would seem. I found this Costa’s Hummingbird on Saturday, already gone, in the riparian zone along the Colorado River in Yuma, Arizona.

On Darwin Day: Saving Songbirds

Today, Charles Darwin’s Birthday, I offer you a reflection from my annual bird survey at Bear Swamp in Wolcott, Vermont, where the Yellow-bellied Flycatchers call out no more.