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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge - BirdForum Opus

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Edwin B. Forsythe Nat. Wildlife Refuge


Brigantine, New Jersey. One of the premier birding spots on the Eastern coast of the USA. Highly recommended any time of year; fall migration is outstanding. Acres and acres of woodland trails, salt marsh, brackish and freshwater habitat.

Guided tours, car path, several lookout towers. Raptor nesting platforms, 4 seasons of birding interest. There is a gift shop and nature center, public bathrooms.


Notable Species

There is a hummingbird/wildlife garden, Purple Martin nesting colonies.

Highlights of this NWR include: Black-crowned Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Great Egret, Mute Swan, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Egret , Northern Bobwhite, Ipswich Savanna Sparrow, Bobolink, Marsh Wren.


Rarities recorded at Forsythe include (numbers are for last 30 years): Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (1 record), Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1 record), Cinnamon Teal (1 record), Garganey (2 records), Common Teal (1 record), Eared Grebe (1 record), Reddish Egret (1 record), White Ibis (3 records), White-faced Ibis (13 records), Gyrfalcon (5 records), Yellow Rail (1 record), Purple Gallinule (6 records), Wilson's Plover (3 records), Spotted Redshank (3 records), "Eurasian" Whimbrel (1 record), Long-billed Curlew (2 records), Black-tailed Godwit (1 record), Bar-tailed Godwit (1 record), Red-necked Stint (1 record), Little Stint (1 record), Sooty Tern (2 records), Pacific Slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher (1 record), Say's Phoebe (1 record), Gray Kingbird (1 record), Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (3 records), Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3 records), Cave Swallow (1 record), Northern Wheatear (4 records), Mountain Bluebird (1 record), Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 record), Townsend's Warbler (1 record), Western Tanager (1 record),


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