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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park originally lit in 1859 is an excellent area to observe many species of birds during the spring and fall migrations. A New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife program provides seasonal fencing of critical nesting areas on the beach adjacent to the park. This provides protection for certain endangered beach nesting birds and opportunities for observation.

The park also is a great location for viewing wintering waterfowl such as Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Eiders and Harlequin Ducks. The park sponsors several waterfowl viewing programs throughout the winter.

The Maritime Forest Trail is a 1/5-mile long, self-guided loop through one of the last remnants of maritime forest in New Jersey. The forests, which is dominated by black cherry, sassafras, eastern red cedar and American holly, is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds on their long journey to and from their breeding sites.

The park has a coastal heritage trail

The park has a coastal heritage trail

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Brant

Brant

Brant

Brant

Common Loon

Common Loon

I packed a lunch for this trip as I expected to stay longer than usual. As I was eating, the gulls became curious and quite a few came in real close to inspect what I was doing. Some came right up to me begging for scraps. You can see the action below.

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Brant in flight

Brant in flight

Red-breasted Merganser scratching

Red-breasted Merganser scratching

Red-breasted Merganser in flight

Red-breasted Merganser in flight

Red-breasted Merganser preening

Red-breasted Merganser preening

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My shadow

My shadow

Coast Guard going out for a patrol

Coast Guard going out for a patrol

Sun Dog

Sun Dog

Sunset

Sunset

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6 thoughts on “Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, NJ (AGAIN)

  1. New Jersey seems like one of those areas that would need to protect bio-lanes. I probably saw the worst of it, passing through on the way to New York. It didn’t look much like your photos…more concrete and chemical factories. People like yourself are helping the situation by showing the rest of us it’s there, and there needs to be more of it.
    Later…

    • Thanks for stopping by. NJ has a few parks and conservation areas set aside for migrating birds. I haven’t been to the others just yet but plan to in the near future. The Barnegat lighthouse is close for me so I visit there often.

  2. your patience certainly paid off…gorgeous photos…the large sized photos show such wonderful detail! Love your shadow… 🙂 the sunset is stunning enlarged…I usually take the time to enlarge the photos as there is so much more to see in the photo that way!

    • Thanks Heather! I was so glad to have a nice bright, sunny day that day. I couldn’t resist taking a pic of my shadow. The long legs made me feel tall hahahaha!

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