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Davidson’s Mill Pond Park

A combination of oak/beech forests, ponds, open meadows and lawn areas bring a variety of birds to this County Park. Look for American Woodcock, Eastern Bluebird, Purple Martin and spring migrants

Eastern Bluebird

Rutgers Ecological Preserve

Spring Migrants: A 360-acre conservation area managed by Rutgers University, the wooded trails are a bird migration hotspot.

William Warren Park

Spring Migrants: William Warren Park is one of the best places to search for migrating birds in the spring—including thrushes, warblers, vireos and orioles.

oriole bird

Cheesequake State Park

Osprey: This 1,600-acre state park—very near to the coastline--has several nesting platforms for these raptors to raise their young.

osprey flying above water

Johnson Park

Cliff Swallow: Watch the Raritan in the springtime at this County Park for a variety of swallow species — especially the cliff swallow which has nested underneath the bridges that span the river.

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Bonepartes Gull: Middlesex County’s premier coastal birding location regularly hosts gulls and other shorebirds, some rarely found elsewhere in the County.

bonapartes gill

Helmetta Pond Paddling Trail

Pied-billed Grebe: A state endangered species, this duck-like bird has been observed in the marshy edges of this waterbody, which has a paddling trail and fishing pier for viewing.

pied billed grebe
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