Bryan Stevens has been birding since 1993, primarily in Northeast Tennessee. He has also birded in South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Idaho and The Bahamas.

Bryan Stevens is an editor, writer and bird enthusiast.

Bryan Stevens is an editor, writer and bird enthusiast.

He is an editor and writer and has worked for five different newspapers and other publications in Northeast Tennessee. He is a former president of the Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society.

His favorite birds include warblers, shorebirds and owls.

To ask a question, make a comment or share a bird observation, reach him at ahoodedwarbler@aol.com.

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  1. Alisa Brandenburg

    Hello Bryan, you may or may not remember me from the Beacon Newspaper (if you could call it that, haha) but I certainly remember you. I currently live in Unicoi County and am wondering about any upcoming birding opportunities in our area. Your expertise in both writing and photographing birds is simply unmatched. I am truly amazed at the depth and professionalism of your documentation. It’s clear: you know birds! I have been teaching English and Art History at Daniel Boone High School for the last 10 years and don’t miss reporting (if you could call it that) in the least. I did miss Unicoi County and couldn’t wait to get back to the Valley​ Beautiful. I’m located near the Pinnacle Mountain Trail where the bird songs are a-plenty. I’m sure you could name them all, eyes closed 🙂 i wish there were a chapter here. I met some ladies​ from the Kingsport club on the trail Saturday; they were photographing some warblers who were apparently just passing through. Anyway, so glad to see a real enthusiast like you in our area. When you have time, let me know where and when a beginner like me might be able to take advantage of a local opportunity to bird. Cheers, alisa


    1. Bryan Stevens Post author

      Hello, Alisa. Thanks for all your comments on my photos and the writings on birds.

      You do certainly live in a great place to see birds.

      I will be leading a morning bird walk (starts at 8 a.m. in parking lot at visitors center) at Sycamore Shoals Park in Elizabethton on Saturday, May 13. You’re welcome to attend the walk.

      I belong to the Elizabethton Bird Club, so you would always be welcome to attend our monthly meetings. Our next one is Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. We meet at the Elizabethton campus of Northeast State on Highway 91.

      We have a Facebook page, too. Just search Elizabethton Bird Club. We promote some of our activities there.

      My memory’s not always great, but are you also married to a guy who works for the Wildlife Agency? Or perhaps it was Forest Service?

      Thanks for writing! I hope I was able to answer your question.



  2. Alisa Brandenburg

    Yes thank you, Bryan! I will keep those dates and opportunities in mind. The husband in question is actually my brother, David, who worked as the bear biologist for TWRA. Nice of you to remember him. He just got back from Africa with his wife who is also a biologist; they lived there for three years doing research. As for me, I am single but happy, able to pursue my love of the outdoors with gusto, much like you do, I imagine. I skipped the Roan Mnt Rally Saturday as well as all the goings on in Unicoi this weekend, and opted for a hike on Pinnacle. If I have a couple of short, recorded bird songs I can’t recognize, where would I go online to submit them to figure them out? I know, my ignorance of birds is apparent, but the not knowing is killing me! Come on, not all “fe-be” and “see saw” songs are chickadees, right? Any guidance is mucho appreciated, Bryan 🙂


  3. Bryan Stevens Post author

    Alisa, You might see if E-Bird lets you share audio files that people could listen to for identification hints.

    It seems like every spring I am re-learning the calls I thought I had learned the previous years.

    OK. Brother not husband regarding David. Haha. I did tell you my memory was probably faulty.


  4. Kathy

    Hi..thought you’d be interested in strangest behavior by eastern towhee I’ve seen. It was under a hanging bird feeder..but it was staggering and falling. Strange and sad. Thought perhaps it was in death throes. An hour later it wasnt there. Just south of annapolis md



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