Thursday, October 9, 2008

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR- aka Brigantine

(Photos courtesy of Karl Lukens,

While the focus of sightings on this site are typically centered around Cape May and Cape May County, as many know there are a number of excellent birding locations in the counties just to the north. Dividing Creek and Turkey Point in Cumberland County and Brigantine in Atlantic quickly come to mind.

So, I wanted to share a couple photos taken by Karl Lukens of the current American Avocets and juv. Ruff being seen at the a fore mentioned NWR. In just speaking with Bill Boyle briefly (he'd just beet to the NWR), it seems there a very good numbers of bird still hanging around the wildlife refuge. Still many Semi-palmated Sandpipers and good numbers of Dunlin and yellowlegs. Bill also had Stilt Sandpiper which is pretty nice find for this time of year. Their typical migratory window is definitely coming to a close.

If you are headed south to Cape May any time in the near future (the next few months even) it's worth spending half a day or so birding the refuge. You can find directions on the county side (in the upper right hand corner) of the CMBO Birding and Butterfly Map.

Having heard all the good finds up that way I may have to use my duck stamp on our next day off and talk Laura into a jaunt up the coast for some birding (not a real had thing to do).

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