Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge 10/23/10

On the 23rd, we took a trip to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Absecon, New Jersey.  There was a festival type activity taking place when we got there, so it was very crowded.  First we took a short walk through Akers Woodland Trail, then hit the Wildlife Drive.  Akers Wildlife Trail mostly consisted of Yellow-Rumped Warblers, but also had a good variety of sparrows including White-Throated, White-Crowned, Song, Swamp, Field, and a Dark-Eyed Junco.  The Wildlife Drive got a little more interesting.  To kick it off, we saw Ruddy Ducks, uncommon there in the fall.  We saw a good variety of Herons and Egrets, as well as some other ducks.  We also found a good amount of Peregrine Falcons.  Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge is definitely one of the best parks that I have been to, as far as variety of birds.  Mostly, what I learned was about the White-Crowned Sparrow Juveniles.  I saw that there was a huge difference between the adults and the juveniles, as far as color.  The juveniles have a tan stomach and top of tail, the color stretching down to the base of the tail.  They also have a gray chest that when looked at from the side, makes the bird look like it has a gray bib on.  Also, they have faint blackish eyebars that seemingly stretch from the bill to the nape.  They have a pinkish bill as well as 2 white wing bars.  Finally, they have a dark brown and light brown streaked head, the patterns the same as the adults, just different colors.

This is the Juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow. Notice the white wing bars and the eyebar.

Edwin B. Forsythe — a must see!

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