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According to science, birds make us happy. Research actually shows that the more birds you see, the happier you feel and lowers feelings of depression and anxiety. So where do you spot these birds (other than the ones in your backyard)? Well, we have excellent locations for birds, even rare and exotic ones, in Mercer County. Photographers from all along the East Coast travel to these locations just to see these birds and take pictures of them.

So if you’re wondering where to spot them, keep reading. And be sure to venture out and take a peak to help boost those feelings of happiness this spring.

Abbott Marshlands Important Bird Area (IBA)

Near Delaware River from Trenton to Bordentown

https://abbottmarshlands.org

From herons to swans to owls, lots of unique birds to find here both at night and during the day.

Abbott Marshlands Important Bird Area (IBA)

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/kw.field/

 

Mercer Lake

Located within Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ

https://www.mercercountyparks.org/

Check out starlings, hawks, bald eagles, northern blue birds, ducks and so much more. A great place to take a walk as well!

 Mercer Lake Bald Eagle 1   Mercer Lake Bald Eagle 2 

Photos via https://www.instagram.com/kw.field/

 

Also be sure to check out the Bald Eagle camera in Mercer County here!

 

Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge

10 West Drive, Princeton, NJ

Along with finding the suspension bridge here, you’ll see blue herons, some tropical birds like the Chestnut-sided Warbler, the Grey Catbird, woodpeckers and plenty other unique finds!

Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/ray.rosa.wildlife.photography/

 

Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows

111-167 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence Twp, NJ

https://www.audubon.org/important-bird-areas/pole-farm

A popular spot in Mercer for birding and nature photography. Spotted here are the Northern Harrier, beautiful tree swallows, the Blue Grosbeak, Cedar Waxwings, a Red-Tailed Hawk and many, many more.

Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/mike_photo211/

 

St. Michaels Farm Preserve

D&R Greenway, Hopewell, NJ

https://drgreenway.org/st-michaels-tour/

Stop by here to check out some small raptors, like the American Kestrel, owls, eagles and other fun birds!

St. Michaels Farm Preserve

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/varunprakashphotography/

 

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