Sunday, August 24, 2008

While no "Bellaire Brown" from Shorts (MI), the first "brown" I ever enjoyed, Sam Adams has itself another winner with its own Brown Ale.

This beer just screams brown ale from the moment I tasted it. It is a malty beer with deep caramel and nut flavor. Hops? "Noble Spalt from Bavaria" and "citrusy Goldings" from a single farmer in East Kent. And not too many either.

Its another lovely combination - I'd easily take a 12 pack of 6 Irish and 6 Brown but there is plenty more new to taste with the 4 remaining brews.

Score: 9 out of 10

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Seacoast birding

Saturday list:

Spotted Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Front Below)
Least Sandpiper (Back Below)

White Rumped Sandpiper
Semipalmated Plover

Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Short Billed Dowitcher
Willet (Eastern Subspecies)

Ruddy Turnstone

Great Black Backed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-Billed Gull
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Common Eider
Double-Crested Cormorant
Horned Grebe
E. Starlings
M. Dove
R. Pigeon
House Sparrows
(POSSIBLE) Wilsons Phalarope
Fish Crow

woot a 30 bird day!

I'm a Professional

And now I have "business cards" to prove it?

Just imagine it straight and on an firm ivory colored card. Its hot. Suggestions welcome

Friday, August 22, 2008

A New Topic

So a theme to my blog has been b's - Birding, Boston, Botany - so I figured why not "Beer". While I'm no lush I do enjoy a good flavorful beer - starting with my latest love Samuel Adams Irish Red.

This beer is part of the brewmaster collection and boasts a rich and malty flavor that originates from Ireland. The carmel malt flavor provides a sweet flavor that balances out the East Kent Goldings hops.
Sam Adams has itself a winner here - as part of my 12 pack 6 beer collection and the first selection I've tried of the group I cannot imagine what else is in store for me. Its a delicious smooth malty beer that provides the consumer a delicious flavor that pairs well with any baseball game or conversation.
9.5 out of 10 overall

No Such Thing as Yellow Headed Blackbirds

So after a Sun-Thurs trip that looked something like this:

Sun am - leave Boston, fly to Detroit
Sun midday - leave Detroit, fly to Chicago, leave Chicago en route via car to MN
Sun late PM - arrive Twin Cities area
Mon-Wed midday - work
Wed midday - Begin trip to Chicago
Wed pm - arrive Chicago, promptly hit the hay
Thurs AM - train ride to see Jamie, then roam around until time for lunch
Thurs midday - leave Chicago, Fly to Detroit
Thurs PM - Leave Detroit, fly to Boston, have dinner, arrive UNH late.

So as I was saying... I have determined Yellow-Headed Blackbirds don't exist - or at least that I am never going to see one.

OK that makes no sense to anyone but me but thats alright. I'll get to the point - all in all the trip was good, we got a lot done, I didn't see any new birds, but did have a nice spot of Mourning Warbler in the greater St. Paul area. St. Paul itself is a lovely city. Good coffee shops, nice ice cream stores, beautiful buildings, and the traffic at night was easy.

I don't really have much else to say other than I have tons of typing work to do and plenty of migration to catch up on... so thats my update for now.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

NH Birding

Yesterday I spent the day birding the NH coast from Odiorne Point State Park down to Hampton Harbor. I ran into many helpful people who pointed out good areas to go and got a great tour of the birding spots on the coast from Mr. NH Bird Man, and capped off the day by attending a talk on the birds of Venezuela.
Here's my list from the day:
Common Eider*
Mute Swan
Horned Grebe*
Black Guillemot*
Double Crested Cormorant
Herring Gull
Ring-Billed Gull

Juvy Great Black Backed Gull(Pink Legs, Pink base of bill, black tip)

Great Black-Backed Gull
Laughing Gull
Bonapare's Gull
Common Tern
Black Tern? (unconfirmed)
Semipalmated plover
Semipalmated sandpiper
least sandpiper
white rumped sandpiper
short billed dowitcher
ruddy turnstone
great egret
snowy egret
lesser yellowlegs
greater yellowlegs
black bellied plover
green heron
fish crow

And not at the coast but down the road from Durham in Newmarket....

Mississippi kite*

I hope to drop by with my camera to take some photos of the 3 Kites later today.

* = life bird