|Shore Areas in Brick and Barnegat
in New Jersey
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One of many fantastic translucent jellyfish with long trailing tentacles pulsating and swimming in Barnegat Bay
on July 8, 2013 as viewed from the Fishing Pier at Barnegat Municipal Dock at 427 E Bay Ave, Barnegat
Township, New Jersey 08005. It is near the Barnegat Division of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
(NWR) in New Jersey.
We drove on Stafford Avenue from Route 9 going east all the way to the end at the Bridge to Nowhere
Fishing Area in Stafford Township in New Jersey. There are huge areas of salt marsh meadows, ponds and
creeks on both sides of Stafford Avenue. This is also in the Barnegat Division of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
We saw egrets, glossy ibis and other ducks along the Stafford Avenue.
Many people, including me, have visited the southern Brigantine Division of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR,
especially the 8-mile Wildlife Dive Loop in Brigantine Division as shown on my web pages at:
However, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR includes not only the southern Brigantine Division but also the northern
Brick and Barnegat Divisions as shown on the map at:
Map: Click here to see the entire map of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey
When this map website opens up, click on the small map to open up a much larger version of the map. All the
yellow colored areas on this map are parts of the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. There are several roads from
Highway 9 going east toward the ocean or the Barnegat Bay to reach these areas of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR.
On July 8, 2013, we started our initial exploration of some of these northern areas of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
and other nearby birding areas. In addition to this initial exploration on July 8, 2013, we may come again in
other future seasons to see different kinds of birds and other wildlife in these areas because in the spring and
fall migration seasons, there are large number of migratory birds and in winter season, there are large
number of birds migrated from North. Therefore, this web page may be updated and expanded in the future.
One of several swans and several glossy ibis in the pond among the large marsh meadow south of the
Stafford Ave. The green blades of the salt marsh were swinging in the wind in front of my camera.
More beautiful jellyfish with a saucer-shaped bell and long trailing tentacles swimming in Barnegat Bay as seen
at Barnegat Municipal Dock.
Head of one of several ducks in the marsh on south side of Stafford Ave.
The Fishing Pier at Barnegat Municipal Dock offers great views of the Barnegat Bay. It is a nice place for
fishing, crabbing and bird watching.
Zoom in on the Barnegat Lighthouse several miles away across the Barnegat Bay as viewed from the
Barnegat Municipal Dock.
The sign of Barnegat Municipal Dock at 427 E Bay Ave, Barnegat Township, New Jersey 08005.
Entrance to the Barnegat Observation Platform in Barnegat Division of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR at 226 Bay
Shore Drive, Barnegat Township, New Jersey 08005. It is near the junction of Bay Shore Drive & Irvington Rd.
The short board walk from the entrance to the Barnegat Observation Platform.
The 600-acre Barnegat impoundments in Barnegat Division of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR as viewed from the
Barnegat Observation Platform.
Water jet skis on the Barnegat Bay as viewed from Barnegat Municipal Dock.
After these initial explorations to get familiar with these shore birding areas in Brick and Barnegat, I will come
back again in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons to watch much larger groups of different kinds of birds.
The last time that I saw so many jellyfish swimming in ocean was in Newman Sound in Terra Nova National
Park in Newfoundland, eastern Canada in July 2005 as shown on my web page at:
Zoom in for a close up view of an osprey nest on the second deck on a cellular phone radio tower at the edge
of this reservoir. One of at least three ospreys were flapping its wings on the nest as shown in these two
The "regular" view (without zooming in) of the cellular phone radio tower at the edge of the reservoir. The
osprey nest is at a corner of the second deck from the top on this radio tower. The 50X optical zoom of my
compact super-zoom camera is quite helpful to zoom in to get close up views of the activities of three or more
ospreys in that nest far away and high above.
Another osprey was perching on the guard rail on the left side of the top deck of the radio tower. The local
people told me that sometime bald eagles or hawks also show up at this reservoir.
The 120-acre reservoir is surrounded by 1.6 miles of very nice and paved hiking trail with benches, beautiful
lamp posts, pavilions and two Fishing Piers/Observation Platforms. Some people were hiking while other people
were jogging on this trail. There are many small birds singing in the woods along the hiking trail.
A view of the 120-acre Brick Township Reservoir. This Reservoir is near and on the east side of the Garden
State Parkway at about the mile marker of 95. This reservoir has two parking lots for visitors: one at the
northeast corner of the reservoir near the junction of Metedeconk Road and Squankum-Allenwood Road,
another parking lot is at southern part of the reservoir near the junction of Herbertsville Road and Concord Dr.
One of two Fishing Piers/Observation Platforms at Brick Township Reservoir.
A turtle basking in the sun on the rocky shore of Brick Township Reservoir.
A group of Canada geese on Brick Township Reservoir. I also saw some cormorants and gulls on this reservoir
on July 13, 2013.
After bird watching at Brick Township Reservoir, I drove to Windward Beach Park on the river bank of
Metedeconk River in Brick. The entrance to this park is located at the junction of Princeton Ave (Hwy 630) and
Challenger Way, Brick, NJ 08724. This beach park has a fishing pier which juts out 150 feet into the large bay
of Metedeconk River. Some people and kids are fishing and crabbing on this fishing pier. This will be an
excellent location for bird watching in the spring and fall migration seasons and in winter season.
Some kids caught some crabs from this fishing pier which is one of the best crabbing hot spots in town during
the summer months.
Another turtle in the water in Brick Township Reservoir.
Zoom in on three cormorants on the water in Brick Township Reservoir.