All Things Birds
Guide to Birding Cheesequake Park

Birding Highlights

This under-birded park offers a variety of habitats.  The New Jersey Breeding Bird Atlas found an "outstanding forest bird community dominated by Wood Thrush (about 50 pairs), vireos, flycatchers, warblers, Scarlet Tanagers and Baltimore Orioles."  The marshes here hold nesting Green Heron, foraging Great and Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Clapper Rail, and Marsh Wren.  Rough-legged Hawk and Short-eared Owl have made winter visits to these marshes.


  • Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 120 and go south (right) on Laurence Harbor Parkway. 

  • The route to the park is marked.  You will make a right at the first light (Cliffwood Ave. /Morristown Rd. - Middlesex Co. Rt. 689).

  • Go to the next light (Gordon Rd.) and turn right.

  • Follow Gordon Rd. to the park entrance.