Birds at Sandy Hook
black-backed gull / blue heron / blue jay / boat-tailed grackle / brant / bufflehead duck / Canada goose / canvasback duck / cardinal / chickadee / cormorant / crow / downy woodpecker / dunlin / eider / Forsters tern / goldfinch / horned lark / kinglet / laughing gull / mallard / nuthatch / redhead duck / ring-bill gull / ring-necked duck / royal terns / ruddy duck / sanderlings / scaup / screech owl / snow bunting / song sparrow / storm petrel / swallows / turkey vulture / wren / yellow-rumped warbler
Seasonal codes: Summer - Su / Fall - F / Winter - W / Spring - Sp / Migrant - M / Breeding - B / Resident - R
Use Sue Draxler's Guide to Summer Birds to see if you can identify the common shore birds found along Sandy Hook. Click on the images to the right to open a PDF version to download or print.
Exhausted Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets during fall migration at Sandy Hook
Magnolia warblers like these fly all night on the Spring migration.
In open fields and even parking lots, killdeer race to hatch
their eggs before the crowds arrive on Memorial Day.
Birds at Sandy Hook, NJ - Dave Grant, Sandy Hook, NJ - Sue Draxlers guide to Navesink River birds - Hawks, owls, ducks, wading birds, song birds, sea birds, bird migration - Birdwatching Sandy Hook - Brookdale Ocean Institute - Dave Grant, Sandy Hook, NJ 07732.htm
This saw-whet owl (1/10/06) is a winter visitor to southern New Jersey
and is rare on Sandy Hook. A few are spotted during the spring migration too.
A red-phase screech owl visits on 7/5/06.
Royal tern - and an Osprey with a herring
Oldsquaw or Long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Female mallard and Redhead (Athya americana)
Cooper's hawk (Accipiter)
Feeding on another bird.
Brown Creeper (Certhia)
In a typical pose,
hunting up a tree truck for insects
Back to top of page.
Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Female killdeer broken wing display