Enjoy abundant birdlife, ospreys, and hawks in the salt and brackish water marshlands here. Tall reeds and a smattering of aromatic bayberry bushes rim the shores around Manahawkin Impoundment in front of woods dominated by cedars, pines, and oaks. Marsh wrens, tough birds to spot, fill the air with their nervous, highpitched twitter from inside dense phragmite stands. Raucous calls of the redwinged blackbird are heard throughout the marshes. Between the reeds and the lowland woods behind them, sweet gum and red maple take hold on the moist middle ground. Snowy and great white egrets often roost in trees and shrubs along the shore. Occasionally you’ll see a black-crowned night heron look for them 4 to 6 feet above the water surface in bushes. The impoundment is small, but makes a delightful side trip on the way to the Bridge to Nowhere. Swans and ducks swim on the waters, and cedar waxwings usually can be spotted on the dense clusters of cedar on the far end. If you don’t visit the impoundment close to high tide, it may be too shallow to paddle.
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