Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday's Critters #256

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On Oct 30-31st hubby and I visited Edwin B Forsythe NWR near Atlantic City NJ. We got a great deal on a one night stay in the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey. The Edwin B. Forsythe wildlife refuge has an 8 mile wildlife drive, trails and a nice visitor center. We visited the wildlife refuge twice, once on Oct 30th and again on the 31st before heading home. Here are some of the birds we saw on the first day. I took a lot of photos.


The Yellow-rumped Warblers (butter-butt) were right next to the visitor parking lot. I think they may have been eating juniper berries, not positive though. BTW, if any of my id's are wrong I do not mind being corrected.



We saw a few Mute Swans at the beginning of the wildlife drive. 


There were lots of Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets.


The Northern Pintail ducks were plentiful. 


The American Black Duck is a common sight at this wildlife refuge. I think the little shorebirds are the Dunlin, but I could be wrong. Any id help is appreciated. 


The only duck I am sure of below is the Green-winged Teal, not so sure about the others? Maybe a female Northern Pintail and more Black Ducks.


Below the Great Blue Heron look pretty spreading it's wings and there is a Northern Shoveler off to the right.



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64 comments:

Klara S said...

Hello, Pictures are lovely! The snowy egrets are my favourite. Have a good weekend and thank you for hosting.

Margaret Adamson said...

what a wonderful place to spend a couple of days exploring Eileen. Love seeing the size difference between those 2 Egrets. Thanks for hosting. I hope you have a great weekend.

Nancy Chan said...

It is good to see the wildlife enjoying their natural habitats. A beautiful windy day. Have a happy weekend!

Anu said...

Hello Eileen. You have seen a lot of birds. Wonderful photos. The photo of egrets is great. I can see that the Snowy Egret is so much smaller that the Great Egret. Have a happy weekend!

Shiju Sugunan said...

Nice variety of birds.

Rejane Tazza said...

Lindas fotos e vim desejar ótimo fim de semana! bjs, chica

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful series of photos, the blue heron and the silver heron are really beautiful.
I can not place the link again, do you want to do it for me !!
Best regards, Irma

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice images. What a great place to visit for the birds! I grew up in New Jersey and my brother now lives at the edge of the refuge, which we called Brigantine in those days. I'd love to get back there again. Can't help with the bird Id-- I see 2 GW Teal and think you are right about the female Pintail, but I've spent too much time inland to sharpen my sandpiper skills.

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!
Stunning pictures from this beautiful place !
Lovely surroundings and beautiful birds!
Great captures of the Snowy Egrets ,the Great Egrets,the swans and the Yellow-rumped Warblers !
Thank you for sharing those wonderful images!Have a happy Saturday and a great weekend!
Dimi...

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful photos, and thank you for sharing! The Snowy Egret is my favorite.
Happy Weekend!

Tom said...

...another wonderful collection of feathered friends, thank for hosting.

Jo said...

dear Eileen, I love every one of your bird photos. Reminds me of the waterways Grant and I visited regularly in Tanzania! Thanks for hosting this meme. Have a great day. Jo

Linda G. said...

That wildlife refuge sounds similar to the one in NY, in the Finger Lakes Region, that we enjoy visiting.

Nick V. said...

What a marvellous reserve, Eileen! A wealth of wildlife and beautiful photos as usual.

Joyful said...

A beautiful and stunning array of bird life :-) Have a wonderful weekend Eileen and thanks for visiting and leaving a comment at my blog.

Nick V. said...

PS: Thanks for hosting and enjoy your Sunday, Eileen.

David Gascoigne said...

If I am not mistaken this reserve used to be called the Brigantine NWR many years ago. If that is true Inince spent a wonderful weekend there.

bill burke said...

It's always a pleasure to see the Egrets. Lovely collection of critters Eileen, thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindas estas fotografias.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Jenn Jilks said...

What a fruitful visit you had! Really well done.

Nick Va said...

Have a great week, Eileen!

Debbie said...

your pictures have inspired me to take a trip here, although with the cold temperatures, i would have to wait for a warmer day or plan to bundle up. this is a trail you can drive?? that would work well for me!!

it is always fun to see the yellow rumped warblers...i will have to look up "butter-butt" in my new book!! i have been seeing so many swans, i was so surprised to see some young ones the other day!

are the egrets still here?? i thought they were a migrating large bird - they look so pretty with the tall grasses!!

i am really "into" ducks right now, our lakes around here are getting filled with those that migrate here!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
A wonderful outing shared again! Hope your weekend is a great one! YAM xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have a terrible time with IDs because of juveniles and seasonal changes. Love those sweet Warblers. We have lots coming to Fl now! Hope you can help me with my big id today. Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Eileen, such wonderful photos. I always get a kick out the some of the bird names, such as "shoveler." Named for what they do with their beaks, I assume. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Enjoy the weekend.

Hootin' Anni said...

To see swans would be awesome!! But I must admit, that egret in the field with the sunlight is my favorite!

Sandra said...

Love the swans and I see the cute yellow rump in he bottom right square of the collage.

Andy Wilson said...

Lots of wildlife at that refuge.

RedPat said...

I love seeing the Warblers, Eileen. I seem to hear them but rarely spot them in the trees and never get pics!

Bob Bushell said...

Wonderful birds swimming, I do love Snowy Egret, fantastic.

Dee Kissinger said...

Always nice to go hiking in a new place. Looks like you had a WINDY day according to the blue heron.

Shannon W. said...

What a beautiful place to go exploring! So peaceful looking and relaxing.

Linda W. said...

Looks like another successful bird watching trip!

Lea said...

Glad to see the Snowy Egret and Great Egret together! It helps me with size comparison - Thanks!
I enjoy seeing all the birds!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Red said...

You had a very windy day for your visit. I like the egret with its feathers blowing in the wind.

happyone said...

Great captures. Like the swans.

carol l mckenna said...

Another wonderful nature photo op for you both and now us! Beautiful photos!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Angie said...

Butter-butt - LOL!!! Love this selection of birdies … Thanks for hosting, Eileen!

John's Island said...

A good Saturday morning to you Eileen! Another great Saturday's Critters here. I love the way you and your hubby travel around and visit the NWRs, snap pics, and share them here. You guys inspire me! Have a happy weekend and take good care! John

Out on the prairie said...


wonderful share, always like to shoot birds. It is thinning down here, many flew south.

italiafinlandia said...

What a nice place for bird watching. I like the Northern Shoveler...a duck like that exists here in Garda lake, but I do not have any photo, yet.
Have a great weekend!

Phil Slade said...

Good morning Eileen. It's good to join in again today. Thanks for allowing everyone to do the same. It was good to see those two egrets side by side for the size comparison. Butter butts I like. Good fun name.

Nancy J said...

the egrets are my favourites too,. but how could I leave out all the others, they are equally beautiful.What a great place to stay close to.

William Kendall said...

You caught the heron at just the right moment.

GreenComotion said...

Always a pleasure to see the water birds. Great photos and glad you had a lovely visit to NJ!
Thanks for hosting.
Happy WE, Eileen.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Another fun outing and collection of photos! The wind has been a bit brutal, I hope it was a warm enough day for you to be out - I seem to recall, that unlike today with that chilly north wind, it was. But I always love seeing the Egrets, they always look so stoic and focused.

Hope all is well with you, and you're staying warm on this chilly day!

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful shots! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Our photos said...

Very nice.

Betty Crow said...

All pictures of my favorite birds. Love that second shot of the egrets!

Sondra said...

Fun to see the waterfowl...I always enjoying seeing them.

Susan Kane said...

Beautiful.

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a lovely collection of critters here, I think my favourite is the Egrets.

Happy Weekend Wishes.

All the best Jan

Linda said...

Looks like a great place! Eight miles is a generous length for a wildlife road.

Jeevan said...

Looks like a wonderful place and marsh to watch birds and nice seeing and learning on birds of your country. Cute collage on warbler :)

Happy Sunday

Anni said...

As I stated yesterday, my favorite is the egret in the sun!

It's been great to go with you on a birdin' adventure this week from The Bird D'pot. Thanks for taking us along.

Uppal said...

Your birds look so innocent and peace-loving!

krishna said...

Lovely pictures of our beautiful nature..

amanda peters said...

Beautiful photo's

Jeanie said...

That open water is lovely. My pond has frozen over!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Lovely outing with the birdies.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A beautiful walk. Shorebirds are so hard to ID! I recognize dunlin when they fly because when we lived at the lake we'd see the whole group of them swooping past (but always way too far out for a decent picture). We stayed at a very nice casino on the Oregon Coast this past summer -- got a really good deal there as well.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

(And we don't gamble -- like for you probably, it was a great headquarters for getting out and seeing nature!!

JP A Quiet Corner said...

What a great place to get all those birds, let alone the fresh air and sunshine, Eileen!!...:)JP

NatureFootstep said...

so nice to see unspoiled nature. Love the waders in particular. Hardly seen any at all this year :(

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