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Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

American Oystercatcher: A walk along the shoreline in summer at this County Park may give you a glimpse of the striking American oystercatcher.

American Oystercatcher

Old Bridge Waterfront Park

Fosters Tern: The paved pathways and fishing piers at this County Park give an expansive view of Raritan Bay and the swarms of summer birds that visit there.

Fosters Tern

Thompson Park

Scarlet Tanager: This County Park has more than 5 miles of wooded trails and is a reliable place to find breeding scarlet tanagers.

Scarlet Tanager

Rutgers Gardens

Indigo Bunting: The 180-acre botanic garden at Rutgers University is a great location for summertime birds, including this blue beauty.

Indigo Bunting

Tamarack Hollow Preserve

Wood Thrush: Birders will find more than a mile of forested trails to listen for the beautiful, flute-like song of this bird.

wood thrush

Cheesequake State Park

Snowy Egret: Middlesex County’s largest state park (1600+ acres) has extensive tidal marsh habitats – a great habitat for snowy egrets in the summer.

Snowy Egret

Johnson Park

Baltimore Oriole: Scan the sycamore trees along the Raritan River for these dazzling, orange songbirds that nest in this County Park.

Baltimore Oriole

Heavenly Farms

Grasshopper Sparrow: This East Brunswick park has reliably had grasshopper sparrows in the breeding season in recent years.

Grasshopper Sparrow
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Flowers at Rutgers Gardens