I visited another wildlife management area really close to my house in NJ back on Apr 01, 2013 that I never knew about. It was only 15 minutes away. The Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area on Stafford Ave. has a nice variety of birds and being so close to my house quickly became a favorite spot to visit.
The area still showed signs of damage from Hurricane Sandy five months later and the photos below show some poles blown down from the heavy winds. The flooding was actually from a storm just a couple of days prior to my visit on April 1st but shows what it might have looked like during the hurricane. The day was very confused as it didn’t know if it wanted to rain or not. One minute it was bright and sunny and then the next minute it was dark and gloomy and threatened to rain, it was like that all day long. Thankfully the rain stayed away but the heavy clouds played havoc with the camera.
Too bad I moved away as I have just found out about these new areas near me and didn’t have much time to visit them as I spent most of my time at the lighthouse. Being so close to the house was great but now I am four hours away. Thank goodness I still have family in NJ that is close to these wildlife areas so when I visit family back in NJ I don’t have to go too far to get back to the wildlife areas.
The Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area is popular with hunters during the hunting season so be careful during that time of year. Some of the signs posted were filled with shotgun pellet holes so the hunters are very active there. Be sure to check the calendar for hunting season so you don’t accidentally run into a trigger happy hunter.
Some of the birds seen were:
Great Blue Herons
Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of all of them as some were extremely shy or just too far away but on to the photos of the ones I did get.