First time visiting Forsythe. As with all of the NWR system it is a beautiful place and worth multiple visits. The visitor center is at the southernmost end of the refuge in the vicinity of Absecon, NJ. Technically, Oceanville, NJ.
Here’s the not so great — THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY construction. What. a. mess. And, anything Jersey shore related is fraught if you try to visit in the warmer weather because it is the Jersey shore. Solution? Stay away during the warmer weather and not just because of the traffic. Late June/early July brings the greenhead flies to the salt marshes of Jersey. You’ve been warned.
Barn swallows. Even though Forsythe is primarily salt marsh habitat it does have a significant section of woodland and open field environments.
Common tern. Hovering over the water watching and waiting for a meal.
Fiddler crab hatchlings at low tide. There were hundreds of them on the mud flats. The males have the large claw. Females do not.
Laughing gull. One of the quintessential Jersey shore birds.
Just stunning views at Forsythe.
American Lady butterfly in the flower garden at the visitor center.
Along a small pebbled beach there was a large assortment of shorebirds. This Ruddy Turnstone was hanging out with the laughing gull. The gull kept stamping his feet in the water to stir up any yummy tidbits. There were also groups of Semipalmated Sandpipers and assorted peeps.
Glossy ibis silhouetted against the sky. We saw about a half dozen at various points.
So, go there. Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. Oceanville, NJ.