Learn About our Local Birds in NJ

New Jersey is home to many activities for all ages. And Birdwatching in New Jersey is one of those activities we have to offer. Whether you are just visiting, live nearby, or looking to stay for the long term—here are some of the common birds in NJ you want to watch out for:

Tufted Titmouse

If you are wandering off looking for common birds in NJ, and you suddenly hear an echo-y voice, it is most likely a Tufted Titmouse. But these birds don’t just have a distinctive voice—they are also extremely cute and love to show up on birdfeeders. Make sure you have some bird seeds and your camera ready for this gorgeous-looking bird!

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Your birdwatching in New Jersey wouldn’t be complete if you haven’t crossed this bird off your list. Don’t worry, they aren’t that difficult to find, thanks to their loud repetitive knocking noise! This bird has a zebra-like back pattern, this bird is not that hard to spot. They are usually found in residential forests and out and about all year round.


The chickadee might look like any other small bird in NJ, but if you look closely—you will spot its distinctive black cap and bib. They also have white cheeks and gray wings you surely won’t miss—as long as you have their favorite sunflower seeds and peanuts ready.

American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch is one of the most common birds in NJ. It has bright yellow feathers and loves to visit backyards. Because of their bright sunny color, these birds are very easy to spot. But in case you are having a hard time looking for them, sunflower seeds are your best bet.

Downy Woodpecker

Another common bird in NJ is the Downey Woodpecker. It might not have a large beak, but it can still produce a good amount of noise—enough for you to notice. If you have a bird feeder in your backyard, you will definitely get a visit from these cute little woodpeckers.

Northern Cardinal

Want to know a fact about red cardinals? They are all male. Females are pale brown and male cardinals are supposed to be all red. They are majestic birds that are very pleasant to look at—definitely eye-catching indeed.

There are many other bird species to watch out for if you decide to go bird watching in New Jersey, but the ones we listed are some you would want to have on your list!

The surrounding areas of Westlake Country Club are a perfect place to spot these birds. Enjoy your birdwatching!