|Winter Bird Watching in Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey
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Many pintails in Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey coast. Three of them
are standing on ice. Many others have tails up and heads down in the water eating something.
A hooded merganser
Closer view of some of the brants
Huge number of brant and other winter waterfowl in this National Wildlife Refuge, some are white colored and
many others are dark colored.
A pair of common mergansers
A heron in flight
A closer view of a pintail
A hawk (Northern Harrier) hunting in this area.
A group of bufflehead's
A group of black ducks.
Female hooded merganser
More swans between ice sheets. Some swans also have their heads down in the water eating something.
A hawk on the tree.
Hawk in flight
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A sunset view at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on March 8, 2009.
A pair of mallards
After sunset, many waterfowl are in formations flyiing back to their evening roosting place.
After sunset, some swans are sleeping. It is amazing that they float and sleep comfortably on the icy
cold water (on February 4, 2009).
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
Where to Eat: After touring Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, some visitors may be hungry and
looking for a place to eat. Smithville Square Shopping Center off Route 9 is only about 2 or 3 miles north of
Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge. It is at the southwest corner of Intersection of Route 9
and Smithville Blvd. There is a traffic light at this intersection. The entrance to Smithville Square Shopping
Center is from Smithville Blvd. There is a Foodtown Supermarket, a Chinese Restaurant (King’s Wok Gourmet
Chinese Restaurant, Phone: 609-748-1911/1935 ), a Pizza Restaurant, and other stores in Smithville Square
Shopping Center. The street address of Smithville Square Shopping Center is: 45 South New York Road (i.e.,
Route 9), Smithville, NJ 08205.
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Smithville Shopping Center
Another option is to drive south a few miles to Atlantic City where there are several luxurious restaurants in
several Casinos and along the boardwalk.
A seagull got a clam/mussel in its beak and flew up in the air about 30 to 40 feet above ground to prepare to
drop the mussel to the ground in order to crack the mussel open
The seagull dropped the mussel to let it fall to the ground to crack the mussel
The seagull was enjoying the mussel after it was dropped and cracked.
Similarly, this seagull was enjoying the mussel on ice after the mussel was dropped and cracked open on the
This hooded merganser got something in its beak and is preparing to eat it.
Large number of brant (geese) in flight in Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey
coast a few miles north of Atlantic City as we observed on March 8, 2009
Many snow geese in flight in Edwin B. Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey as we
observed on March 8, 2009
Many snow geese on the water
On December 4, 2006, I toured Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, USA and saw huge
number of snow geese in action as shown on my web page at:
On March 11, 2011, I visited Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Pennsylvania, USA and saw huge
number (about 50,000 according to the Visitor Center) of snow geese in action as shown on my Travelogue
web page at:
Zoom in for closer view of snow geese on March 8, 2009.
There are also many canvasbacks and redheads
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge at Brigantine is a few miles north of Atlantic City on New Jersey
coast. The Refuge's location in one of the Atlantic Flyway's most active flight paths makes it an important link in
the vast network of National Wildlife Refuges. It has an 8-mile Wildlife Drive (Loop) for visitors to drive their own
cars to enjoy watching large number of many kinds of birds on both sides of the Drive. We toured this National
Wildlife Refuge on March 9, 2008, February 4 and March 8, 2009 and February 3, 2012 for winter bird
watching and photography.
This National Wildlife Refuge is open all year around. In different season, one sees large number of
different kinds of birds.
However, in the summer season, some National Wildlife Refuges may have many mosquitoes and other insects
because of wetlands and abundance of water. To prevent mosquito/insect bite, the visitors in the summer
season may need to wear long pants, long sleeve cloth and head net. A head net usually covers the entire head
including head, face, ears, neck and the hat. Such head net is inexpensive in the order of a few dollars and is
available in many sport wear stores. The mesh size of the head net should be sufficiently small such that
mosquitoes and other insects cannot get in.
Some visitors simply stay inside the car with doors and all windows closed and with air condition on in the
summer season and drive slowly along the 8-mile Loop to watch wildlife on both sides of the car.
Group of large number of shorebirds in flight
We also saw a hawk and an owl fighting in the air, but I was driving my car at that moment and did not have
my camera in hand to take such action photo.
Another sunset view at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on February 3, 2012. With no clutters of
telephone poles, electric wires, building obstructions, etc., the wide open space in such wildlife refuges often
offer spectacular sunset views or sunrise views, especially with water reflection, for nature lovers to enjoy.
A section of the 8-mile Wildlife Drive (Loop) in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.