Washington Crossing Audubon's Birding "Hot Spots" Map
WCAS Field Trip locations and favorite central New Jersey “Hot Spots”
- Abbott Marshlands Important Bird Area (IBA)
near Delaware River from Trenton to Bordentown
- Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge Princeton
- Princeton Institute Woods next to Rogers Refuge, Princeton
- Negri Nepote Native Grasslands Preserve north of Griggstown in Somerset County
- Pole Farm Important Bird Area (IBA) at Mercer Meadows in Lawrence Hopewell & Townships
- St. Michaels Farm Preserve | D&R Greenway in Hopewell
- Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve in Sourlands Regional IBA spanning Hopewell in Mercer County and East Amwell in Hunterdon County
- Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
- Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain Important Bird Area (IBA)in Hopewell Township north of Titusville. See WCAS’s new Baldpate page.
- Fiddler’s Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain, south side of Fiddler’s Creek Rd.
- Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville
- Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area
- Pryde’s Point Trail D&R Greenway
- Alexauken Wildlife Management Area Healthy forest with good understory due to extensive hunting. Be sure to check NJDEP’s hunting schedule: https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/wmaland.htm
More Hot Spots on map below and to come!
- New Jersey Trails Association (NJTA) at D&R Greenway Land Trust
Local e-Bird Hot Spots and Checklists
Baldpate Mountian (above) has the highest concentration of nesting Nearctic-neotropical birds in New Jersey and largest number of species of breeding Nearctic-neotropical migrants in central New Jersey.
Short-eared Owls (above) winter in the Pole Farm’s grasslands © Sharyn Magee. American Bittern (below) is a frequent visitor to the Rogers Refuge marsh in Spring © Tyler Christensen.
Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows at corner of Cold Soil and Keefe Rds.
GPS: 40.312911, -74.737523
Deer management in winter
Baldpate Mountain, Fiddler's Creek Entrance
(1) From Pennington at Rt 31 Circle:
• RIGHT at Mercer County Baldpate Preserve sign into parking lot.
Check for Deer Management closing dates in winter
Baldpate Mtn., Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance
Use Sewell Avenue entrance to Roebling Park section of the Abbott Marshlands and park by Spring Lake. Be mindful that this natural area is located in an urban setting. Use caution when visiting. Don’t leave your camera or valuables lying about. Report any suspicious behavior to the Hamilton (609-581-4000) or Bordentown Township (609- 298-2800) Police. In an emergency, call 911.
GPS Coordinates: N40 11.714 W74 43.923
Rogers Wildllife Refuge next to Institute Woods
Directions: From Princeton take Alexander Street toward Route 1. At the bend before the canal turn right on West Drive. Go a short distance on West Drive and park near the entrance to Rogers Wildlife Refuge.
Pole Farm Federal City Rd./Reed Bryan entrance
St. Michaels Preserve
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534
Mercer County Park
Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve
Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560, USA
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Boat Launch parking lot
Intersection of Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd & Clarksburg-Robbinsville Rd, Millstone, NJ 08535, USA
Directions: East on I-195 to exit 11, Imlaystown. North on Imlaystown Road 2.6 miles to parking area at Lake Assunpink.
Cumberland County Heislerville WMA
Dikes on Matts Landing Rd, Leesburg, NJ 08327, USA
Peace Valley Nature Center
42-64 N Chapman Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, USA
Mt. Rose Preserve
Mount Rose Preserve, Carter Rd., Hopewell Township, NJ 08540, USA
Parking on west side of Carter Rd.
Garret Mountain Reservation
2 Mountain Ave, Woodland Park, NJ 07424, USA (near Patterson)
Directions: Take I-287 to I-80. Go east to exit 56A (Squirrelwood Road). Go to the stop sign and turn right on Rifle Camp Road. Go up the hill about 0.5 miles to Mountain Ave., which comes in from the left. Turn left on Mountain Ave. (look for army tank and reservoir on the left) and go 0.3 miles to the entrance to Garret Mountain Reservation. Go right up the hill for a short distance to a large parking area. The distance from Somerville on I-287 and I-80 to exit 56A is 40 miles.
Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
County Rd 629, Lebanon, NJ 08833, USA
Institute Woods - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Olden Lane entrance with parking lot
Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve (formerly McBurney Woods)
More than eight miles of trails within the preserve, for more detail visit: www.drgreenway.org
Other Sourland Mountain parks:
Sourland Mountain Preserve, a nearby 364 acre Hunterdon County Park at 233 Rileyville Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551
Sourland Mountain Preserve, a 4,000 acre Somerset County Park at 421 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows, Maidenhead Trail entrance
486 Keefe Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, USA
Millstone Impoundment by Carnegie Lake
Parking lot entrance at:
775 Mapleton Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540
Route 1 Southbound lane to Princeton. After Scudders Mill Rd. overpass, turn right onto Mapleton Rd. Left into Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park parking lot. The impoundment will be on your left.
Carson Road Woods
18 Carson Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
Brushy fields are great for Spring Woodcock displays. Good Fall Sparrow spot.
Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows Blackwell Rd. entrance
“Trail Access for Mercer Meadows”
East of 211 Blackwell Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534, USA
Curlis Woods, bounded by Curlis Lake on the west, is part of Mercer County Park system. Handsome stand of mature hardwoods. Park in Mercer County Equestrian Center lot and keep right down path towards the woods. Other entrance edge of Pennington on Lawrenceville-Pennington Road.
Mercer Corporate Park
Known for rarities. Ponds, marshes, and wetlands.
Corporate Blvd, Robbinsville, NJ 08691, USA
I-195 take Exit 7 South on Rt. 526 towards Allentown. Left onto Corporate Boulevard.
FYI: Google Maps puts Mercer Corporate Park on Valsing Way. That is not the one you want. Search for “Corporate Boulevard.”
Allentown Sod Farms parking
Fiddler's Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain
WCAS usually parks in the Fiddler’s Creek parking lot for Baldpate across the street but the Preserve has a small lot of its own which can be muddy and rutted.
Cold Brook Reserve
Directions: From I-78 east, take exit 24, Oldwick, and proceed north on Route 523 towards Oldwick. Continue straight on Route 517 when Route 523 turns to the right. After passing through the center of Oldwick, the park entrance will be on the left. A gravel parking lot is located on the right side of the driveway. For more information, contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964.
GPS: 40.677096, -74.749575
Directions: Take Route 31 north to the Flemington Circle and then continue north 4 miles and make a right onto Rt. 612, Bartles Corner Rd. Proceed east on Rt. 612 for about .75 miles to just after traffic light. Make an immediate left onto River Road—possibly one way entrance only requiring a u-turn after you cross railroad tracks and South Branch Raritan River. Head north on River Rd. for about 0.2 miles until you see the gravel lot on the right. Limited parking along the road.
GPS: 40.541286, -74.849706
Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreational Area
Meeting place is Parking Lot B.
South Beach – Area B, Highlands, NJ 07732
Detailed Sandy Hook birding map here
Alexauken Wildlife Management Area
Alexauken Wildlife Management Area has a very healthy forest with excellent understory. Louisiana Water Thrush, Wood Thrush, Veery, Scarlet Tanager and Pileated Woodpecker breed here. Its accessible from both the Alexauken WMA entrance on Rocktown Lambertville Rd. or the smaller parking lot on Gulick Rd.