Palmyra is primarily famous for it's migrants,
particularly in fall migration: mid-August-November. During mid-September
as many as 27 warbler species have been recorded in a single day. The
site is known to harbor more Connecticut Warblers than any other site
in NJ, with the possible exception of Cape May. Sparrow migration can
be strong from late-September through November, with Lincoln's Sparrow
being common around the beginning of October. Like Cape May, the best
time to visit is the day following a cold front. Rarities have included:
Mississippi Kite, Common Black-headed Gull, Snowy Owl, Ash-throated Flycatcher,
Western Kingbird, Painted Bunting, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, LeConte's
Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow and Yellow-headed Blackbird.
This 350 acre undeveloped park consists mainly of "disturbed" riparian
woodland with paths through it; dredge spoil, tidal cove and riverfront.
BEST TIMES TO VISIT:
- Fall- During flycatcher and warbler
season the woods around the dredge spoil pit, particularly the south
end as the sun hits the trees can be dripping with birds. There are
several rough trails through the woods, which are worth covering as
the morning advances and birding at wood edges declines. For those
with boots, the sometimes flooded dredge pit, is well worth a ramble;
here one might find a Sora or Virginia Rail, or if you are really
lucky a LeConte's or Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow. In very wet years
Pied-billed Grebes have nested and both bitterns can sometimes be
seen. Presently outside the park boundaries to the southeast, there
is a sand mining area. While it is privately owned, birders have been
visiting the site for many years, and many rarities have turned up;
particularly rarer sparrows. To reach the area follow the sandy road
by the river south, and after the woods turn west into the site.
- Spring -Favorable days in the first
two weeks of May can bring up to 20 species of warblers to the site.
The best areas are the trails through the woods. Generally, most warblers
will be found in the woods in spring. Keep in mind that stinging nettles
in the woods makes boots and heavy pants a requirement. Once migrant
activity tails off, check out the spoil pit.
- Winter-Things are fairly slow in winter,
though recently Saw-whet Owls have been found, and over the years
a number of outstanding birds have been found on the Moorestown CBC
at this site.
287 species have been recorded here. (Updated 10/14)
Palmyra Cove Nature Park offers a brand new Nature Center open 7 days
a week with interpretive displays, observation decks and restrooms. For
information call 1-856-829-1900 or
check out their webpage
Palmyra Cove Nature Park is at the foot of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge off
Rte 73 in Palmyra, NJ.
From New Jersey or Pennsylvania via the
Betsy Ross Bridge, take Rte 73 North to just before the Tacony-Palmyra
Bridge. At the last gas station (presently a Gulf), turn right on Scouder.
Take the 2nd left towards the bridge. Take a right before the tollbooths
and follow the road under the bridge. Once under the bridge follow the
signs to the parking lot.
From Pennsylvania via the Tacony-Palmyra
Bridge, take the first possible right into the Police Dept. parking
lot, and then a quick right and follow the road under the bridge.
DeLorme Atlas & Gazeteer: P 46 K12
Thanks to Ward Dasey