Home » Birds

Common Yellowthroat

  Physical: Common yellowthroats are small birds with rounded features, including the head and tail. They are 4-5 inches (11-13


Barn Swallow

Physical: Barn swallows have dark blue coloration on the back of the head, wings, tail, and back. The rusty orange-colored


Eastern Kingbird

Physical: Eastern Kingbirds are black and white in coloration. The underside, breast, throat, and end of the tail are white.


Least Sandpiper

Physical: Least sandpipers have a mottled brown coloration with a white underside, yellow legs, and a long brown beak. Their


Song Sparrow

Physical: Song sparrows are medium-sized sparrows with brown and grey coloration. The head and breast are grey with brown streaks, while



Physical: Chuck-will's-widows have a mottled coloration of brown and black. They have a unique flattened head shape seen in nightjar species.


Purple Sandpiper

Physical: Purple sandpipers have rounded bodies, long legs, and long, thin beaks. Their legs and beak are yellow-orange with black on



Physical: Merlins are small falcons between 9.5 and 12 inches (24-30 cm) long with a 21-27 inch (53-68 cm) wingspan. In


Science Updates

Register for the State of the Bay conference, Planning for a Future Barnegat Bay, to be held on September 29 from 9 am to noon at Ocean County College.  

Learn about the current conditions of the bay in the 2021 State of the Bay Report.

See current water-quality data from our three continuous monitoring stations in the bay, which transmit data in near real time to NJDEP.


Connect with Us

Sign up for email or connect through social media.