Birds In Jersey

Jersey, a Channel Island, is a lovely vacation spot with year-round activities for those who appreciate the great outdoors. Jersey’s picturesque landscape offers the ideal chance to unwind in a range of peaceful locations, from golden beaches to deep woods.

It should come as no surprise that Jersey is a particularly popular destination for birding lovers who wish to spend a week or two observing some new and uncommon species given how diversified and unspoiled the area is.

Here, you’ll find our guide to some of the birds you might expect to see if you visit the island in the future, along with a few more uncommon species that you could see if you’re lucky enough to be there at the appropriate time!

Learn more about the birds mentioned in this guide, including how frequently they may be seen in Jersey.
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Birds you may spot in Jersey

The birds highlighted in this section of our guide are either year-round inhabitants of Jersey or often sighted migratory visitors. Using the knowledge we’ve given you, you should be able to plan your trip such that you see a significant number of the species we’ve mentioned, all while taking in Jersey’s breathtaking environment.

There are a wide variety of intriguing birds to keep an eye out for on Jersey, such the red-breasted merganser, which can fly up to 100 mph, and the stunning heron subspecies known as the tiny egret. Just 10 of those that, with a little forethought, you are practically guaranteed to identify are highlighted in this section of our guide.

American Robin

One of the most recognizable birds in New Jersey is the American Robin!

They naturally occur everywhere, from woods to tundra, and they may be found in a broad variety of settings. However, these thrushes are used to being around humans and are frequently seen in backyards.

Due to the fact that they don’t consume seeds, American Robins, while being widespread, seldom frequent bird feeders. Instead, they eat fruit and invertebrate animals like worms, insects, and snails. For instance, I regularly observe robins sifting through the grass in my garden for earthworms.

These birds often build their nests close to people. Look for an open cup-shaped nest with three to five gorgeous, recognizable sky blue-colored eggs.

Downy Woodpecker – Picoides pubescens

Color and markings: Downies, the smallest woodpeckers in North America, are stunning and simple to recognize. These birds have medium-length black wings and short, notched black tails, as well as a broad, white stripe running down their backs.

The wings have a checkerboard pattern of white spot stripes that extends from just below shoulder level to the tips. Snowy=white will also be present on the underside of the notched tails, and it will also be present on the breast and underbelly.

These birds feature black mustache lines, a black bandit’s mask, and a black cap that extends to the back of the mask on their white faces. In male Downies, the hat ends at a red patch just above the mask, whereas in female Downies, the cap is entirely black. These birds have almost tubular, black bills that are narrow and modest in length.

Size: The wingspans of these birds range from 9.8 to 11.8 inches in width, while their lengths range from 5.5 to 6.7 inches.

Habitat: These birds like deciduous areas, which you may locate if there is adjacent dense brush or tall weeds. These birds enjoy open woodlands and are especially fond of deciduous areas. They also enjoy backyards with well-stocked feeders, parks, and orchards.

Diet: Downies like a variety of meals, including suet, peanut butter, Black Oil Sunflower seeds, and occasionally even a taste of the sugar water from your hummingbird feeder!

Manx shearwater

The Manx shearwater is a seabird that used to frequently live on the Isle of Man, thus its name. The shearwater is famous for how low it flies over the sea, with its wingtips practically touching the water, and is now often spotted off the northern coast of Jersey throughout most of the year.

The bird’s body has a black top side and a white lower side, giving the appearance that its wings are changing color as it flies.

The Manx shearwater has a peculiar and unsettling midnight call that has led to it being linked to the paranormal for generations.

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpeckers are distinguished by their striped heads and upright, straight-backed stance while perched on trees.
Overall, their bodies are black and white, and their beak is large and chisel-shaped.
Male birds may be distinguished from females by a red spot on the back of their heads.

In mature woods, suburban backyards, city parks, marshes, orchards, and even cemeteries, Hairy Woodpeckers are abundant birds in New Jersey. Actually, they are anywhere there are lots of big trees.

The most typical call is a brief, abrupt “peek.” This sound is somewhat lower in pitch than the Downy Woodpecker’s, but otherwise it sounds quite similar. They also emit a harsh whinnying or rattling sound.

Due to their resemblance to Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers might be a little challenging to distinguish. Many people find these two birds to be difficult to distinguish between, making it difficult to know which one you are seeing.

Size: Hairys are bigger than American Robins and range in length from 9 to 11 inches (23 to 28 cm). The Downy is smaller than the House Sparrow, measuring just 6 to 7 inches (15 to 18 cm) in length.

Bill: My FAVORITE way to tell these woodpeckers different is by measuring the size of their bills in comparison to their heads. While Hairys have a bill that is almost the same size as their head, Downys have a little bill that is somewhat shorter than half the length of their head.

A good look at their outer tail feathers should be attempted if all else fails. While Downys are speckled, Hairys will be entirely white.

American Goldfinch – Spinus tristis

American Goldfinches have brilliant yellow backs, long, black wings, and short, notched black tails on the males. Two white wingbards and a score of vertical, white markings near the inner-center of the wing will be visible on the wings.

The tails have the same markings as the body. These birds have white rumps, but their underparts and breasts are brilliant yellow, and their faces are also yellow, save for a little black half-cap at the forehead and an orange beak that is medium in length and conical in shape.

Instead of being black, female Goldfinches are olive in hue, and their yellows are not as intense. Both sexes will molt their yellow feathers in the winter and replace them with brown ones, however you can still just about make out their unique wingbars.

Size: The wingspans of these birds range from 7.5 to 8.7 inches in width, while their lengths range from 4.3 to 5.1 inches.

Habitat: Goldfinches prefer overgrown weeds and grasses, particularly in flood-prone locations. However, they like spreading out and you may occasionally encounter them on the sides of highways, in gardens, parks, and even in backyards.

Diet: Black oil and nyjer thistle Since sunflower seeds are two of the American Goldfinch’s favorite foods, you might be able to draw them into your backyard for a closer look.

Bar-tailed godwit

The bar-tailed godwit, which is easily recognized by its long, unique beak, mottled grey back, and red neck, breast, and belly, is said to have the longest non-stop flying range of any bird. This species is a frequent winter migrant to Jersey despite being worldwide listed as “near-threatened.”

Conservationists are concerned because occurrences of this godwit subspecies have considerably decreased in Jersey in recent years. Visitors are being warned not to disturb any godwits they come across since the bird is most frequently spotted near the beach at Grouville Bay, one of the island’s most popular sunbathing locations.

House Sparrow

Males have chestnut skin on the sides of their face and neck, gray crowns, black bibs, white cheeks, and white cheekbones. The majority of their backs are brown with black stripes.

Females have backs that are a drab brown tint with black stripes. They are pale brown on the underside. The tan stripe that runs behind their eye helps to identify them.

Originally from the Middle East, house sparrows are today one of the most common and ubiquitous birds in New Jersey and around the world.

For nesting cavities, House Sparrows compete with a variety of natural species, including bluebirds and Purple Martins. Unfortunately, these invasive species frequently succeed.

House Sparrows are CRAZILY RARE in most urban and suburban regions. Their success is a result of their capacity for adaptation and proximity to people.

They enjoy grains more than the majority of birds and are frequently spotted at amusement parks, athletic events, and other places eating bread and popcorn. They particularly enjoy eating broken corn, millet, and milo at your bird feeders.

All across the world, House Sparrows may be heard. In fact, take close attention the next time you watch international news. Look for a straightforward song with lots of “cheep” sounds.

Tufted Titmouse – Baeolophus bicolor

The Tufted Titmouse is grayish-blue in color and has long, grayish-blue tails. Its back is also grayish-blue.

These birds have a predominantly white face with lovely small blue crests and some blue colouring framing the eye on the upper section of the face.

They have a white breast and underbelly with a faint skirting of peach hue right behind the wings. The black mark right over the short, triangular black beak is the final distinguishing feature of these birds.

Size: These birds have wingspans that range from 7.9 to 10.2 inches in width and measure 5.5 to 6.3 inches from tip to tail.

Habitat: Titmice can be found in deciduous and evergreen woodlands, especially those at lower altitudes, but they also venture out to parks, orchards, and homes with well-stocked feeders.

Suet, peanuts, and black oil as a diet Three sunflower seeds are the Tufted Titmice’s favourite. If you make sure to leave one or more of these out, you could just attract a feeder.

Razorbill

The razorbill is extremely noticeable due to its unique appearance, which includes a white underside, a black bill, head, back, and feet.

It also frequently visits Jersey’s shoreline. Razorbills only come ashore to breed, and they hardly ever chose Jersey as their preferred location for mating, however they are frequently spotted in and soaring over the water around the island.

The fact that the razorbill was often killed for its meat, eggs, and feathers in the early 20th century is a major factor in its classification as a “near-threatened” species. However, since 1917, when more protection was instituted, the bird’s population has been continuously rising.

House Finch

In New Jersey, it’s typical to observe these birds close to people. Keep an eye out for House Finches in parks, backyards, and other urban and suburban settings.

The first birds to learn about new bird feeders are frequently House Finches. Due of their keen curiosity and infrequent solo travel, other birds frequently use their arrival to locate your feeders. In my backyard, I frequently observe them consuming safflower, Nyjer, and sunflower seeds.

The year-round song of House Finches is a nice and joyful one. Below are some warbled, confused notes that you can listen to.

Indigo Bunting – Passerina cyanea

Male Indigo Buntings are totally indigo blue with the exception of some gray that may be visible on the margins of their wings when they are molting, making them highly stunning and simple to distinguish. They have little black spots just in front of their eyes and short wings.

Immature males of these birds will seem as a patchy mixture of blues and browns, and they have short, robust, and stocky silver beak. In contrast, females will be mostly brown with hints of indigo blue in the wings, some white at the neck, and faint streaking at the breast.

Size: These little beauties have wingspans that range from 7.5 to 8.7 inches in width and are between 4.7 and 5.1 inches long.

Habitat: Indigo Buntings are thorny, brushy, and bramble-loving birds. If you seek for them there and don’t hear them singing, you could only see an Indigo Bunting because they like to feed much lower on the ground.

Diet: Indigo Buntings like nyjer thistle and tiny, hulled Black Oil Sunflower seeds, although you could also succeed with dry or live mealworms.

Eurasian Oystercatcher

The stunning Eurasian Oystercatcher, a very sporadic island resident, is also a frequent winter visitor to Jersey.

Fortunately, the oystercatcher may be easily identified when it is close by owing to its loud call and vivid markings (it has a red bill, red legs, black head and neck and white underparts, as well as wings which are mainly black but also have white patches).

Oysters, mussels, and other hard-shelled mollusks may all be cracked open by the oystercatcher’s powerful beak, as its name suggests. However, many individuals of the species prefer to use their bills to dig up the ground and locate earthworms.

Season: Winter

Where: The oystercatcher frequents St Aubin’s Bay and, for the more daring traveler, the deserted “islets” of Ecrehous (north-east of Jersey).

American Crow

They can be found in forests, fields, rivers, marshes, farms, parks, landfills, golf courses, cemeteries, and neighborhoods, to name a few locations.

There are a few things that constantly draw them even if they don’t frequent feeders as frequently as other birds. Personally, I find that crows in my backyard adore peanuts, both inside and outside the shell. Suet and whole-kernel corn appear to be readily eaten.

Unbelievably, American Crows are among the most intelligent birds in New Jersey.

They are able to use tools, figure out difficulties, and identify faces of people, for instance. Crows seem to engage in activities just for enjoyment. Seriously, it’s simple to find movies showing people utilizing rounded things to slide down rooftops if you search the internet.

Crows in America have a broad vocabulary. Pay attention to any number of clicks, cackles, rattles, and caws. The “caw-caw” sound is the most prevalent. (Hear it below)

Eastern Kingbird – Tyrannus tyrannus

Eastern Kingbirds have blackish-gray backs, medium-length wings, and squarish, white-tipped tails that are the same color as their bodies. This bird’s breast and underbelly are white, and the cheeks and chin are also covered in white.

Black fills up the remainder of the bird’s face, giving it a “hooded” appearance. These birds have black bills that are medium in length, straight, and hefty.

Size: These birds have wingspans that are 12 to 15 inches broad and range in length from 7.5 to 9.1 inches.

Kingbirds thrive in open spaces like meadows, pastures, and the border of forests. Because they love the water so much, it’s best to hunt for them near rivers and streams.

Diet: Although these birds are largely insectivorous, they do enjoy adding berries to their diets to complement them, so placing some chopped cherries or full blackberries in your feeder could just attract them. However, because they are a little reserved, you could have more success if your backyard has trees and shrubs that provide fruit.

Eurasian reed warbler

Since the Eurasian reed warbler frequently breeds in Jersey, it is frequently spotted there in the spring and fall. The warbler, one of the lesser birds you may see in Jersey, is 12.5 to 14 centimeters long and often lives in and in peaceful reedbeds.

The reed warbler has a lovely song and always makes for a nice sighting for birders, despite the fact that it may not be the most eye-catching bird you will ever see. Observing these birds as they nimbly jump from stalk to stalk in their reedbed habitat is equally intriguing.