|Winter Bird Watching in Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey-Part 2
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The egret saw a fish in the water and was almost ready to strike at this moment. I took a movie clip of this
egret in action as shown in the following YouTube website:
There were many Canada geese flapping their wings splashing water. They seemed to be taking a bath.
We saw many shorebirds on the beach of Atlantic City next to the Garden Pier Art Center. These shorebirds
were busily picking up their foods at the edge of the ocean wave and the sand on the beach. Since ocean wave
comes in and out, these shorebirds were running in and out with the wave. I took a movie clip of such action of
these shorebirds running at the edge of the wave as shown at the following YouTube website:
The circular sign of Garden Pier Art Center in Atlantic City. The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge at
Brigantine is only a few miles north of Atlantic City. There was an art show in this Garden Pier Art Center in
November 2009. Therefore, we came to this Art Center in Atlantic City on the afternoon of November 8, 2009 to
see the Art Show first before we drove several miles north to Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge for bird
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Garden Pier Art Center in Atlantic City
Another bird at the edge of water
A view of the unpaved 8-mile loop for bird watching in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
Suddenly, I saw a big commotion of many birds just above the tree line at a substantial distance away, then I
realized that this big commotion of birds was caused by the presence of a bald eagle posing serious threat to
them. It happened so suddenly that I did not have enough time to focus this picture well. The whole group
moved beyond the tree line quickly such that I did not have a chance to get better pictures of those actions.
Nevertheless, it was an exciting experience for me because it was the first time that I saw a bald eagle in
action in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey.
While touring the Cape Brenton National Park in Nova Scotia in eastern Canada in July 2005, we saw and
heard a similar big commotion of a large group of seagulls screaming and shouting in the air to harass a bald
eagle as shown on my Travelogue web page at:
Some Brandt in flight
Sunset view with many shorebirds in the water in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
湖畔霞光， Brigantine 的日落， 晚霞滿天。
I also took a movie clip of large number of shorebirds with their sound at the sunset time as shown at the
following YouTube website:
Zoom in for a closer view of many shorebirds in the shallow water at sunset time. It appears that this shallow
water area is the roosting place for these shorebirds at night.
Swans and other waterfowl at sunset time
Location and Direction for Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge:
Address: (East End of) E. Great Creek Road, P.O. Box 72, Oceanville, New Jersey 08231
(or East End of East Lily Lake Road, (off Highway 9), Oceanville, New Jersey 08231)
1. From Garden State Parkway South Bound, (just after going over Mullica River Bridge) take Exit 48 to
get on Highway 9 South
2. Stay on Highway 9 South for several miles until you reach the traffic light of intersection of Highway 9
and E. Great Creek Road
3. Turn left into E. Great Creek Road (East bound).
4. Continue on E. Great Creek Road for about one mile all the way to get into Forsythe (Brigantine)
National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
5. Continue to the entrance of NWR. There is a parking lot with restroom and drinking water facility near
entrance. Pay your fee at the Fee Station then drive onto the 8-mile, one way, rectangular loop of
unpaved Dike to enjoy bird watching on both sides. (Senior people with Golden Age Pass can enjoy
FREE entrance to all national parks, national recreation areas and national wildlife refuges in USA.
Senior people can get a Golden Age Pass by paying $10 only once in any office of any national park
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Entrance to Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
Garden Pier Art Center at the northern end of the board walk (at the junction of N. New Jersey Ave and Board
Walk) in Atlantic City in New Jersey, USA. The following article:
indicates that there is a $2.55 million project for a major upgrade of this Garden Pier Art Center to be
completed by May 2012. Furthermore a new luxury casino-hotel, Revel, is also expected to open in May 2012
near this Garden Pier Art Center.
On the 8-mile loop, we saw this egret catching fish
Some of the shorebirds at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
After leaving Atlantic City and driving north a few miles on November 8, 2009, we arrived at the Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge. We saw this hawk at the entrance of this National Wildlife Refuge.
A bitten at the edge of water ready to strike.
In my neighborhood around my home with many tall trees, a hawk will show up from time to time. Then a
group of crows will rise up in the air screaming and shouting to harass the hawk and to drive the hawk away
from the home territory of these crows.
Sometimes, I am inside my house and hear many of those crows screaming and shouting in the air. Even
though I do not see them, I guess probably a hawk shows up again and is causing all those excitements of
many birds in my neighborhood.
We came to visit Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on the afternoon of March 22, 2014. At
about 4 PM, we saw a huge flock of many thousands of snow geese flew in and was settling down on the
large impoundments. My camera captured only a section of the large flock that extended far to the right side
and the left side.
When we arrived at about 3 PM, we saw a hawk or an immature bald eagle flying in the air. Then we saw a
huge flock of birds very far away flying away from this NWR to other places. It might be that the bald eagle
harassed this huge flock of snow geese and caused the huge flock to take off into the air to avoid the bald
eagle. Then the huge flock came back at about 4 PM to settle down into the impoundments to roost over night.
These snow geese probably are on their early spring migration north and roost here overnight on March 22,
2014 as a stop over point. Again, my camera captured only a section of the large flock that extended far to
the right side and left side.
Zoom in for a close up view of an osprey on a nest in this NWR. This osprey caught something in its right
talon and was eating it on this nest.
One of several pairs of Bufflehead.
One of many swan in this NWR on March 22, 2014.
Many swan. Most of them have their heads down in the water busily eating something.
One of many pairs of Pintail ducks busily eating something in the water.
Many Swan and Pintail ducks busily eating something in the water.
Some Green-Winged Teals
A great blue heron.
We also saw some black ducks and Northern Shovelers.