Friday, April 3, 2020

We Are Birds of a Feather

We are Birds of a Feather
We took a ride recently to The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge protects more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats and is a haven for migratory birds. We drove slowly through the Refuge, observing the birds that were gathering in flocks. When they were flapping around or searching for food, we would park, get out of the car, and take photos. Other people were there, watching as well, but no one was close to anyone else. It was at the beginning of the social distancing rule. All along the road, the cars and the people kept appropriate distances.
It was the time for nesting, for bringing new life into nature. Ospreys were gathering grass and weeds to place within the nesting formations set up for them. Geese were moving in vees and flapping from one part of the marsh to another. Ducks quietly floated, occasionally poking under the water for a treat to eat. Gulls dropped shells in the middle of the road, cracking them open for a meal. They were all together, as Mother Nature designed.
Across the fields was the city. Tall buildings reminding us of how people needed to stay away from personal contact, such a sad contrast from the what we were seeing. I hope that we are able to connect with each other soon, to enjoy our connections with family, with friends, with our professional contacts. Like the wildlife at the Forsythe Refuge, we are meant to connect with others. May this time of isolation be over soon.  After all, we too, are birds of a feather…  

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge:
A wonderful video:
For bird lovers, here is a website you’ll enjoy:


  1. Will no one rid us of this disaster?
    Reading your comments about the birds makes me long for a spring filled with friends and family and gives me hope that it will arrive soon.

    1. We both would love that. Meanwhile, check out the birdies that come to our backyards in Spring. They don't know about the virus.

  2. Very sweet essay, Ferida. Where is this refuge?

  3. We entered the Refuge at Barnegat, NJ but it can be approached from different shore towns. It's a big place. Hope you get to see it.