In between selling my house, packing and moving and most wildlife refuges closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, I managed to visit the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in NJ. This is one of the premiere refuges in NJ to see a wide variety of wildlife. My visit on June 16, 2013 was my very first time there and what a treat. I was glad to see the refuge up and running after hearing of the damage caused from the hurricane.
This visit resulted in a lot of new bird species for me including the Osprey and Black Skimmer. I was also able to view Horseshoe Crabs and Diamondback Terrapin turtles in their natural habitat. Being able to view so many different species in one place was amazing and was just the beginning of many more days spent at the refuge.
Here are just a few samples of the wildlife seen that day. More to follow soon in future posts.
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Laughing Gulls eating Horseshoe Crab eggs. There were probably hundreds of gulls waiting for the crabs to lay eggs and snap them up as soon as they did. Luckily, one female crab can lay up to 100,000 eggs in a few days.