Thursday, January 24, 2013

Greenwich Point Park

I like to share my birding and photography locations.  I know some people are funny about "their spots" but as long as identifying active birding locations does not endanger the welfare of the subjects, I am all for sharing.  I mention this partly because I have had a hard time getting others to share.  One of the gaping holes in my life list is a Great Horned Owl and I have not had any luck in finding one locally.  This includes birders I know that have visited nests recently.  I have even offered some researchers that would allow me to tag along with them some images for free, alas no luck!
Ring Billed Gull
One such location for me is Greenwich Point Park.  In short order, I have become very fond of this location.  I have seen several species of gulls, geese and ducks, swans, eagles, and starlings in just a few visits.  I plan on spending a lot of time here over the winter.  Why over the winter you may ask?  This park is closed to non-Greenwich Connecticut residents from March 1- December 1, this is why I only have winter images from the park.  Its one of the issues with coastal CT, much of the coast line is deemed private property limiting birding opportunities.
Black Ducks
The only problems I have seen so far with this location are the crowds.  Thats not uncommon however with many of the coastal locations in the tri-state area.  One recent visit was during the week while the other occurred on the weekend.  During the week there were a lot of people, on the weekend it was mobbed!  Slowest times here were sunrise, late in the day and sunset is difficult.
Hooded Merganser Drake
Even with the crowds, I plan on heading down there this weekend, MLK weekend, to see what I can find!

9 comments:

  1. Seems like there is an inordinate amount of owl snobbery in certain parts of the world. Vinnie, come see me in the Boise Idaho and we'll find a dozen of Great Horned Owls by lunch, and maybe a few other owls species along the way.

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  2. Sad that people won't share locations sometimes. You should visit Robert!

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  3. Bonitas capturas de estas acuaticas.Saludos

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  4. Great Horned Owls are so neat wonderful to see! A dozen by lunch...I want to visit Boise:)

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  5. You could come to Tucson. This time of year they all begin to mate, nest and can be seen everywhere:)

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  6. I'm new to birding, so I'm surprised to learn that birders can be so secretive. What a shame. Half the fun for me is sharing the excitement of birds with others and meeting new people.

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  7. I'm new to birding, so I'm surprised to learn that birders can be so secretive. What a shame. Half the fun for me is sharing the excitement of birds with others and meeting new people.

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  8. Nicely done! Great job Vincent.

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  9. Too bad that some fellow birders like to keep their hotspots a secret. I hope you had an enjoyable birding excursion to Greenwich Point Park over the holiday weekend. Great photographs in this post!

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