List of the Birds of Somerset County

304 species of natural origin recorded in Somerset County, New Jersey as of October 1, 2020.

Species occurrence is presented in bar-graph format. This data is a link from eBird, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s online data collecting web entity. Its historical reach is of recent data, but it gives a good representation based on actual sightings. The bar-graph lists only species reported to eBird, not the complete historical list of this web site. The bar-graph for Somerset County is here.

The status given each species is in general an overview. See the Preface for suggestions for further reading regarding seasonal occurrence.

Key for Status symbols
*  = nester, but could be confirmed, probable or possible as per the NJ Breeding Bird Atlas (Birds of New Jersey (NJAS, 1999)). Possible nesters are given a brief explanation.
c = common in the appropriate season but not breeding.
m = regularly occurs during migration; can also infer wintering.
r = rare, only a few records, not a State review species.
rv = State review species as determined by the New Jersey Bird Record Committee.
rvp = State review species in part, such as identifiable sub-species, race.
uc = uncommon, according to context, i.e. seasonal occurrence, migration.

The list prepared by the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife is here.

Navigation: clicking a hyperlinked entry brings you to that specie’s annotation. Use your browser’s Back button or Alt + left-arrow on the keyboard to return to the list.

Status English Name Scientific Name
Order Anseriformes
Family Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
r Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifons
r Snow Goose Anser caerulescens 
r Ross’s Goose Anser rossii
rv Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
r Brant Branta bernicla
uc Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii 
* Canada Goose Branta canadensis 
* Mute Swan Cygnus olor 
m Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
* Wood Duck Aix sponsa
m Gadwall Anas strepera
r Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
m American Wigeon Anas americana
* American Black Duck Anas rubripes
* Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
m Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
m Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
m Northern Pintail Anas acuta
m Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
m Canvasback Aythya valisineria
m Redhead Aythya americana
m Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
m Greater Scaup Aythya marila
m Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
r Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
r White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
r Black Scoter Melanitta americana
r Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
m Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
m Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
* Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
m Common Merganser Mergus merganser
m Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
m Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Order Galliformes
Family Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
* Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
Family Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
* Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
* Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus
* Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Order Gaviiformes
Family Gaviidae (Loons)
 m Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
 m Common Loon Gavia immer
Order Podicipediformes
Family Podicipedidae (Grebes)
* Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
r Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Order Suliformes
Family Sulidae (Boobies and Gannets)
r Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
Family Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants)
m Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
r Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Order Pelecaniformes
Family Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
* American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
* Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
* Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
c Great Egret Ardea alba
r Snowy Egret Egretta thula
r Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
r Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
* Green Heron Butorides virescens
r Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
r Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
Order Threskiornithidae
Family Threskiornithinae (Ibises)
 rv White Ibis Eudocimus albus
 r Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Order Accipitriformes
Family Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
* Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
* Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Family Pandionidae (Osprey)
m Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Family Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
 rv Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
 r Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
* Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
* Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
* Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
* Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
m Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
* Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
* Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
* Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
r Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
r Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Order Falconiformes
Family Falconidae (Falcons)
 rv Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
* American Kestrel Falco sparverius
m Merlin Falco columbarius
m Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Order Gruiformes
Family Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
rv Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis
* King Rail Rallus elegans
* Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
* Sora Porzana carolina
rv Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica
* Common Gallinule Gallinula chloropus
m American Coot Fulica Americana
Family Gruidae (Cranes)
r Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
Order Charadriiformes
Family Charadriidae (Plovers)
uc Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
uc American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
m Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
* Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
* Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
m Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
m Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
m Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
r Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
r Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
m Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
m Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
uc White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
r Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
m Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
r Dunlin Calidris alpina
r Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
r Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
r Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
r Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
* Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago delicata
* American Woodcock Scolopax minor
r Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Family Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
r Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini
r Bonaparte’s Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
r Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
r Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
r Mew Gull Larus canus
c Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
c Herring Gull Larus argentatus
r Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides
r Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
r Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
uc Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
r Least Tern Sternula antillarum
r Black Tern Chlidonias niger
r Common Tern Sterna hirundo
r Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Family Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
r Dovekie Alle alle
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
* Rock Pigeon Columba livia
* Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Order Psittaciformes
Psittacidae (Parrots)
m Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
Order Cuculiformes
Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos)
* Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
* Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Order Strigiformes
Family Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
* Barn Owl Tyto alba
Family Strigidae (Owls)
* Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
* Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
r Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus
* Barred Owl Strix varia
m Long-eared Owl Asio otus
m Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
m Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus
Order Caprimulgiformes
Family Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and Allies)
rv Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
* Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
* Eastern Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferous
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae (Swifts)
* Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Family Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
* Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
rv Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Order Coraciiformes
Family Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
* Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Order Piciformes
Family Picidae (Woodpeckers)
* Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
* Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
m Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
* Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
* Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
rv Black-backed Woodpecker Picoides arcticus
* Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
* Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Order Passeriformes
Family Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
 m Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
* Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
m Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
* Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
* Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
* Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
* Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
* Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
rv Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya
rv Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
* Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
r Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
* Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
r Gray Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis
rv Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
Family Laniidae (Shrikes)
rv Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
uc Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
Family Vireonidae (Vireos)
* White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
* Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
m Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
* Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
uc Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
* Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Family Corvidae (Crows and Jays)
* Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
* American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
* Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
* Common Raven Corvus corax
Family Alaudidae (Larks)
m Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Family Hirundinidae (Swallows)
* Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
* Purple Martin Progne subis
* Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
* Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
* Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
* Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Family Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
* Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
* Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
R Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
* Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
Family Sittidae (Nuthatches)
* Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
* White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Family Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
* Brown Creeper Certhia Americana
Family Troglodytidae (Wrens)
* Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
rv Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
* House Wren Troglodytes aedon
* Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
* Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
* Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Family Polioptilidae (Gnatcatchers)
* Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Family Regulidae (Kinglets)
* Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
m Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Family Turdidae  (Thrushes and Allies)
* Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
* Veery Catharus fuscescens
m Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
m Bicknell’s Thrush Catharus bicknelli
m Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
m Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
* Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
* American Robin Turdus migratorius
rv Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
Family Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
* Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
* Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
* Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Family Sturnidae (Starlings)
* European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Family Motacillidae (Pipits)
m American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Family Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
r Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
* Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Family Calcariidae  (Longspurs and Snow Buntings)
r Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
uc Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
Family Parulidae (New World Warblers)
* Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
* Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum
* Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla
m Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
* Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera
m Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
* Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
* Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
m Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
m Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
m Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
m Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
m Mourning Warbler Geothlypis Philadelphia
* Kentucky Warbler Geothlypis formosa
* Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
* Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina
* American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
m Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
m Cerulean Warbler Setophaga cerulea
* Northern Parula Setophaga americana
m Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
m Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea
m Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
* Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
* Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
m Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
m Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
m Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
* Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
* Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
* Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
* Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor
rv Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
rv Townsend’s Warbler Setophaga townsendi
m Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
m Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis
m Wilson’s Warbler Cardellina pusilla
* Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens
Family Passerellidae (New World Sparrows)
* Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
m American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
* Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
r Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
* Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
* Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
r Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
* Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
* Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
*rv Henslow’s Sparrow Centronyx henslowii
r Le Conte’s Sparrow Ammospiza leconteii
r Nelson’s Sparrow Ammospiza nelsoni
m Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
* Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
m Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
* Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
m White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
m White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
m,rvp Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Family Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
r Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
* Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
* Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
* Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
rv Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
* Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
* Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
rv Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
*r Dickcissel Spiza americana
Family Icteriidae (Blackbirds)
* Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
* Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
* Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
rv Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
r Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
m Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
rv Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
* Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
* Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
* Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
rv Bullock’s Oriole Icterus bullockii
* Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Family Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
m Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
* House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
r Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
r White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
r Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea
m Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
* American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
r Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
Family Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
* House Sparrow Passer domesticus


NJBRC = From the New Jersey Bird Record Committee’s record archive and not currently a review species. All current review species records are assumed from NJBRC.

Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifons
– Basking Ridge – January 5, 1991, reported on Voice of NJ Audubon.
– Franklin (Colonial Park) – November 26, 1994. Dendler.
– Franklin Park – March 23, 1996, L. Austad, J. Hanson.
– Franklin (Colonial Park) – October 28, 1997, A. Pochek, D.Lovitch.
– Blawenburg – November 23-December 21, 1997, A. Chen.
– Basking Ridge – December 24, 2003 (2), J. Klizas.
– Bridgewater (Duke Island Park) – November 27-December 24, 2011, M. Newlon, m.obs.
– Franklin Township – December 1-13, 2011, J. Ellerbusch, m.obs.
– Somerset County – up to 4 separate individuals, Jan-Feb, 2012, J. Ellerbusch, m.obs.
– Montgomery Township – November 7, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.

Ross’s GooseAnser rossii
– Duke Farms, Hillsborough – January 3, 2004, C. Aquila, S. Lane.
– Duke Island Park, Bridgewater – December 5, 2011, R. Wright, m.obs.
– Bedminster Twp. – December 16-17, 2012, J. Ellerbusch, m.obs.
– Lord Stirling Park – January 13-31, 2013, K. English, m.obs.
– VA Hospital Grounds, Lyons, Bernards Twp. – January-February, 2013, m.obs (same individual as at Lord Stirling?).

Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus
– VA Hospital grounds, Lyons – December 30, 2016-January 5, 2017, J. Ellerbusch, m.obs.
– Bridgewater – December 28, 2017-January 3, 2018, J. Ellerbusch, m.obs.

Surf ScoterMelanitta fusca
– Bridgewater Twp. – October 26, 2016, J. Ellerbusch (ph).

White-winged ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
– Chimney Rock Hawk Watch, 3 flyovers with a larger group of dark-winged Scoter on November 12, 1996, S. Byland.

Black ScoterMelanitta americana
– Bufflehead Rd. Ponds, Bridgewater – May 21, 2011 (female), J. Ellerbusch, G. Mahler.

Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis
– Somerset – 2 on October 26, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.
– Somerset – 1 on October 30, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.
– Chimney Rock Hawk Watch – 1 flyover on October 31, 2012, S. Lane.
– D&R Towpath, Franklin Twp. – April 17, 2013, J. Ellerbusch.
– Bernardsville Quarry – January 7, 2014, R. Stapperfenne (photo)

Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
– Colonial Park, Franklin Twp., winter 1987-88, C. Aquila (photo).
– Finderne Wetlands, drake, March 20, 2014, J. Ellerbusch (photo).

Greater ScaupAythya marila
– Duke Farms – Listed as rare on the Duke Farms checklist.

Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatus
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a possible breeder in an eastern block.

Pied-billed GrebePodilymbus podiceps
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a possible breeder in a central county block.

Horned GrebePodiceps auritus
– Duke Farms – Listed as rare on the Duke Farms checklist.

Northern GannetMorus bassanus
– Chimney Rock Hawk Watch – Date?, J. Gilbert.

Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a probable breeder in the Lord Stirling Park area.

Little Blue HeronEgretta caerulea
– Somerset County – Date? R. Kane.
– Bridgewater – August 3, 1997, L. Barnett.
– Finderne Wetlands – May 15-21, 2011, J. Ellerbusch, et al.
– Hillsborough – August 20-September 14, 2011, F. Sencher, Jr., V. Schwartz, J. Klizas.
– Watchung – July 23, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.
– Bridgewater – Aug. 13, 2012, V. Capp, J.J. Collins.

Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
– Beekman Lane, Hillsborough – May 16, 1988, 2, G. Hanisek, et al.
– Duke Farms – Listed as an accidental on the Duke Farms checklist.
– Branchburg – Date?, F. Sencher, Jr.
– Franklin Twp. (Negri-Nepote Grasslands) – August 10-11, 2009, D. Schulman.
– Duke Farms – July 13, 2014, J. Ellerbusch.
– Franklin Twp. (Negri-Nepote Grasslands) – July 29, 2014, K&J LaCorte, K. Abildskov (photo).
– Opie Rd., Hillsborough – April 15, 2019, J. Ellerbusch, et al.

Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
– Lord Stirling Park – August 18, 2010, J. Pescatore, et al.
– Colonial Park, Franklin Twp., – April 22, 2013, Z. Batren, J, Ellerbusch et al.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Franklin Twp., NJ, Apr. 22, 2013

White IbisEudocimus albus (NJ Review Species)
– Far Hills – July 27-August 10, 1968, A. Panzer, m.obs.

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
– Glossy Ibis – 12 in Warren Township, April 13, 1997, S. Byland.
– Duke Island park, Bridgewater – Date?, F. Sencher, Jr.

Swallow-tailed KiteElanoides forficatus (NJ Review Species)
– Bedminster – April 13, 1977, G. Merck.
– Hillsborough Township – April 21, 2011, F. Sencher

Mississippi KiteIctinia mississippiensis
– Sherman Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville – May 27, 1986, R. Kane.
– Duke Farms – Listed as an accidental on the Duke Farms checklist.
– Raritan – 2 on May 24, 2010, J. Klizas.

Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
– Hillsborough – Nesting along the Raritan River since 2005. New Jersey Bald Eagle Project, 2011.

Northern HarrierCircus cyaneus
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a confirmed nester in Franklin Township.

Crested CaracaraCaracara cheriway (NJ Review Species)
– Franklin Township – October 31, 2015, A. Oley (photo).

Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis (NJ Review Species)
– Pottersville – October 25, 1991, L. Pierson.

King RailRallus elegans
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a probable nester in the Lord Stirling Park area.
– Lord Stirling Park – May 1, 2011, J. Ellerbusch, S. Lane.
– Finderne Wetlands – October 24, 2012, J. Elerbusch, J. Klizas, P. Williams.

Purple GallinulePorphyrio martinica (NJ Review Species)
– Franklin Park – May 12-20, 1986, E. Adams, et al.

Common GallinuleGallinula chloropus
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a possible nester in the Lord Stirling Park area.
– Duke Farms – June 7-16, 2017, L. Wilkens, m.obs.

Sandhill CraneGrus canadensis
– Chimney Rock – October 31, 1962 (2), Conn & Vriens.
– Belle Mead – November 4, 1984, Loery m.obs.
– Warren Twp. – May 6, 1995, M. Newlon.
Numerous records since.

Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
– Bridgewater – September 22, 2011, J. Ellerbusch, J. Klizas.

Baird’s SandpiperCalidris bairdii
– Montgomery Twp. (Selody Sod Farm) – September 10, 2012, M. Harris.
– Montgomery Twp. (Selody Sod Farm) – September 2, 2013, S. Lane, J. Ellerbusch.

DunlinCalidris alpina
– Branchburgh – May 26, 2011., J. Ellerbusch.
– Branchburgh – May 27, 2011., F. Sencher, Jr.

Stilt SandpiperCalidris himantopus
– Somerset (Patriot’s Park) – September 22, 2011, J. Ellerbusch.
– Somerset (Patriot’s Park) – September 24, 2011, J. Glydon.
– Neshanic Station (Opie Road) – October 1, 2011, F. Sencher, Jr.
– Manville (Lincoln Ave. Park) – October 3-4, 2011, J. Ellerbusch, J. Klizas, S. Lane.

Buff-breasted SandpiperTryngites subruficollis
– Montgomery Township (Selody Sod Farm) – August 6, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.

Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
– Somerset County – Date?, R. Kane.
– Negri-Nepote, Franklin Township – August 14, 2014, C. Arnesen (photo).
– Glenhurst Meadows, Warren Township – August 27, 2014, Jim Mulvey (photo), et al.

Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
– Bridgewater – November 1, 2016, J. Ellerbusch.

Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
– Negri-Nepote, Franklin Township – May 1, 2012, J. Lee, J. Ellerbusch.
– Negri-Nepote, Franklin Township – May 21, 2012, 5 seen, J. Hayes, T. Ostrand, A. Oley.

Sabine’s GullXema sabini
– Glenhurst Meadows, Warren Township – September 11, 2005, M. Hiotis.

Bonaparte’s GullChroicocephalus philadelphia
– D&R Canal, Raritan River, Franklin Township – 327 on April 11, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.

Little GullHydrocoloeus minutus
– Branchburg – April 15, 2018, J. Ellerbusch.

Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
– Somerset – March 17, 2003, D. Giberna.
– Chimney Rock Hawkwatch – 2 on September 3, 2006 (Tropical Storm Ernesto), S. Lane.
– Hillsborough – 2 on August 22, 2010, F. Sencher, Jr.
– Finderne Wetlands – 16 on August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).
– Chimney Rock Hawkwatch – October 22, 2011, J. Ellerbusch.
– North Branch Park, Bridgewater – 3 on September 7, 2011, J. Ellerbusch.
– Hillsborough – April 12, 2014, J. Ellerbusch.

Mew GullLarus canus
– Hillsborough Township – January 3, 2017, J. Ellerbusch (photo), 2nd New Jersey record.

Iceland GullLarus glaucoides
– Hillsborough Township – December 28, 2010-February, 2011, S. Lane, J. Ellerbusch, F. Sencher, Jr., m.obs.

Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
– Hillsborough Township – December 2010-March 2011, m.obs.

Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus
– Hillsborough Township – February, 2011, F. Sencher, Jr., m.obs.

Least TernSternula antillarum
– Finderne Wetlands – August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).
– Finderne Wetlands – July 21, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.

Black TernChlidonias niger
– Finderne Wetlands – 3 on August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).
– Somerset (Patriot’s Park) – August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).

Common TernSterna hirundo
– Bridgewater (Bufflehead Rd.) – August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).
– Finderne Wetlands – 12 on August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).

Forster’s TernSterna forsteri
– Finderne Wetlands – August 28, 2011, J. Ellerbusch (Hurricane Irene).

DovekieAlle alle
– Bernardsville – November 19, 1932, several (Mrs. Theodore Herbst). Auk 50(3): 325-349 (July-September 1933.)

Black-backed WoodpeckerPicoides arcticus
– Blair Lake – February 15-April 21, 1958, S Dillon, H Drinkwater, m.obs.

Monk ParakeetMyiopsitta monachus
– Chimney Rock Hawkwatch – September 20, October 1, 1995.
– Chimney Rock Hawkwatch – September 18, 2010, S. Lane.

Snowy OwlBubo scandiacus
– Basking Ridge – January 1, 1999, S. Byland.

Lesser NighthawkChordeiles acutipennis
– Lord Stirling Park – May 26-June 2, 2017, B. Barkley, m.obs.Originally found in Hillsborough Twp., taken to Raptor Trust and released.

Eastern Whip-poor-willMyiopsitta monachus
– Sherman Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville – April 22, 1995, August 22, 1995, R. Kane.
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a possible nester in Franklin Township.

Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus (NJ Review Species)
– Branchburg – October 30, 2011 – February 4, 2012. M. Scocco (ph).

Say’s PhoebeSayornis saya (NJ Review Species)
– Negri-Nepote Native Grasslands Preserve – October 18-19, 2015, J. Socolar, D. Schulmann (photos).

Ash-throated FlycatcherMyiarchus cinerascens (NJ Review Species)
– Bedminster – November 26-December 4, 2001,S. Endres, J. L. Wah, et al.

Scissor-tailed FlycatcherTyrannus forficatus (NJ Review Species)
– East Millstone – May 11, 1970, Derbyshire et al.
– East Millstone – May 16, 1970, J. Kricher, m.obs.
– Griggstown – June 4, 1992, P. Gaboury, R. Blicharz, T. Poole, et al.
– Franklin Township – May 20-22, 2012, B. Clough, et al.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Franklin Township, NJ, May 20, 2012

Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalis
– Duke Farms – Listed as an accidental on the Duke Farms checklist.
– Lord Stirling Park – October 25, 2014, M. Zielinski (photo)

Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensis (NJ Review Species)
– Bound Brook – September 30, 1962, R. Conn.
– FranklinTwp. – October 28, 2007, V. Capp.

Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus (NJ Review Species)
– Somerset – April 8, 1984, W. Wander.
– Basking Ridge – September 7, 1988, D. Fantina.

Common RavenCorvus corax
– Chimney Rock – breeding records since 2000(?).

Boreal ChickadeePoecile hudsonicus
– Basking Ridge – December 2, 1961, Meeker.
– Basking Ridge – 1975, Frazier et al.

Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletus
– Franklin Township – December 25, 2016-January 17, 2017, C. Miller, m.obs. 2nd New Jersey record.

Sedge WrenCistothorus platensis
– Warren Township – 1999, Breeding Bird Atlas lists this as a confirmed breeder.

Varied ThrushIxoreus naevius (NJ Review Species)
– Somerset – March 13-April 4, 2008, R. Arditty, B. Boyle.

Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus (NJ Review Species)
– Lord Stirling Park – From Mike Hiotis: “I wrote up the record for the Great Swamp bird on Jan.21, 2004 adding H.Tomlinson, G.Eschenbach and S.Ozard’s names. S. Ozard’s name was included on the record because he found a Bohemian Waxwing a few days after our Jan 21 sighting. That bird (considered the same as ours) was first seen by Steve in the parking lot of Lord Stirling Park and seen sporadically there and about until Feb.1. So this record does extend into Somerset County also.”

Lapland LongspurCalcarius lapponicus
– Somerset County – Date?, R. Kane.
– Hillsborough – January, 9, 2011, F. Sencher, Jr.
– Hillsborough – February 9-10, 2013, J. Ellerbusch, et al (photos).
– Warren Twp. – October 18, 2015, J. Ellerbusch (photos).

Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronata
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a possible nester.

Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
– Breeding Bird Atlas – 1999, lists this as a probable breeder in the Far Hills area.
– Lord Stirling Park – September 10, 2000, M. Hiotis.
– Colonial Park, Franklin Twp. – April 14, 2014, B. Clough, A Manning, J. Ellerbusch (photo).

Black-throated Gray WarblerSetophaga nigrescens
– Warren Twp. (Glenhurst Meadows) – September 27, 2013, K. Bolton, A. Cunniffe.

Townsend’s WarblerSetophaga townsendi
– Duke Farms – December 12-13, 2016, B. McWhorter, m.obs.

Clay-colored SparrowSpizella pallida
– Negri-Nepote Grasslands – September 28, 2007, V. Koczurik.
– Duke Farms – October 16, 2007.
– Warren – December 6, 2007-early May 2008 (at feeder), S. Byland.
– Glenhurst Meadows – numerous reports since at least 2004.

Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
– Hillsborough – December 17, 2012, J. Ellerbusch.

Henslow’s SparrowCentronyx henslowii (NJ Review Species)
– Colonial Park – November 11, 1990, Dendler
– Warren – November 20, 2001, S. Sobocinsky.
– Hillsborough Twp. – (6+) July 27–August 25, 2006, C. Aquila NJB 33:38-40.
– Hillsborough Twp. – July 17-18, 2008, photographs and audio recordings. Not submitted to NJBRC.
– Hillsborough Twp. – (2) July 13-August 12, 2014, J. Ellerbusch, et al. Photographs and audio recordings.
– Franklin Twp., Negri-Nepote Native Grasslands – June 6 – August 1, 2019, J. Nargiz, J. Gant, J. Ellerbusch, m.obs.

Le Conte’s SparrowAmmospiza leconteii
– Glenhurst Meadows – October 2-23, 2012, J. Ellerbusch, M. Newlon, J. Klizas, S. Lane.

Nelson’s SparrowAmmospiza nelsoni
– Glenhurst Meadows – October 6-8, 2004, M. Hiotis, J. Klizas, H. Tomlinson.
– Finderne Wetlands – October 10, 2011, J. Ellerbusch, S. Lane.
– Finderne Wetlands – October 22, 2011, P. Burke, J. Ellerbusch, J. Klizas, S. Lane.

Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalis oreganus group (NJ Review Species in part)
“Oregon” Junco:
– Bernardsville – November 1938, E. Chalif.
– Somerville – December 1, 1961-Early 1962, Mathers.
– Bound Brook – Marxh 15, 1962, Gillespie.
– Bernardsville – April 6, 1984, R. Kane.
– Bernardsville – February 1988, D. Freiday.
– Bernardsville – March 7, 1989, D. Freiday.
– Chimney Rock – November 4, 1995, Aquila & Pochek.

Summer TanagerPiranga rubra
– Duke Farms – Listed as rare on the Duke Farms checklist.
– Sourland Mountain Preserve – Two summers (Dates?), Frank Sencher, Jr.
– Washington Valley Park – Fall bird (Date?), Frank Sencher, Jr.

Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalus (NJ Review Species)
– Bernardsville – Winter 1975-76, C. Galbreath.
– Bernardsville – Winter 1976-77, C. Galbreath.
– Basking Ridge – December 28, 1977-January 1978, F. Shanholtzer, R. Kane.
– Basking Ridge – January-February 1979, F. Shanholtzer.
– Somerset – December 31, 2005, J. Poole.

Painted BuntingPasserina ciris (NJ Review Species)
– Neshanic – December 25, 1999-mid-March 2000, E. Wengryn.
– Franklin Twp. – (male at feeder) March 27 – April 4, 2013, K. Reed.

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta (NJ Review Species)
– Bound Brook – April 10, 1956, R. Conn.
– Blawenburg – July 22, 1961, J. Meritt, E. Bloor, C. Rogers, et al.

Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus
– Duke Farms – Listed as an accidental on the Duke Farms checklist.
– Somerset County – Date?, R. Kane.

Brewer’s BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
– Duke Farms – October 21-22, 2019, B. McWhorter, et al.

Bullock’s OrioleIcterus bullockii (NJ Review Species)
– Blawenburg – December 2000-March 2001, S. Shaffer, R. Blicharz, L. Eaton.


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