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Hurricane Isaias is only glancing at Florida and is headed to the northeast. Storms with strong winds (70 mph or 112 kph) are predicted for our area. Yesterday, I went to the Edwin B. Forsythe refuge and saw groups of shorebirds huddled together on the water sleeping. Maybe they flew away from the storms and were resting there?

Shore birds resting.

There were many American Avocets that are usually rare in New Jersey.

American Avocets feeding in a marsh pool. In the background are reflections of marsh mallows that cover practically all the marsh banks.

Sand flies were also abundant and forced me to go home early. There hibiscuses and milkweed are in full bloom, and butterflies were flittering about.

Pink and white hibiscus.

Monarch butterfly.

Tiger Swallowtail.