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Seaside Sparrows and Marsh Wrens

  • Thompson Beach Road Maurice River, NJ, 08314 United States (map)


$25 deposit to reserve your spot

  • Length: 3 hours

  • Easy Difficulty: Mostly standing shooting with some sitting, easy walk on well groomed road.

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Come hang out at Thompson's Beach along the Delaware Bayshore in southern New Jersey with me and lots of Seaside Sparrows and Marsh Wrens. Other species include Red-winged Blackbirds, Clapper Rails, occasional Osprey and Bald Eagle flyovers and some other wading shorebirds. The stars of the show however will be the Seaside Sparrows. These charismatic sparrows will be hopping all around us as we walk along the main dirt road that leads through the marsh.  They will hop up on the grasses and pose, call out and sometimes interact together while we photograph them.  


  • We will walk along an elevated and nicely groomed dirt road that stretches out into the marsh to photograph resident Seaside Sparrows and other birds that inhabit the marsh.

  • The morning will consist of some walking around to find the birds and some staying stationary waiting for them to be visible.

  • Oddly enough for a marshy area the biting insects as this location are usually very minimal, that being said there are some around so bug repellant can be helpful

  • If the birds are cooperative we may hit the beach at the end of the road to try for some shorebirds if any are around.


  • Lenses from 300mm to 600mm recommended

  • Monopod or tripod unless you can hand hold your rig. I recommend a monopod for easier and faster movement.

  • It will usually be very warm so dress accordingly

  • We shouldn't be there long enough to be concerned with sun exposure if it's a clear day.


  • 3 hours of wildlife photography instruction specifically for these small songbirds in the marsh.

  • Suggestions on compositions and creative ways to photograph these birds.

  • I will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding camera settings or techniques.

You can view some photos I have taken of Seaside Sparrows and Marsh Wrens below. If you would like to book with me click the "book this outing" button at the top and I hope to have you join me watching and photographing these fun little birds in the marshes of southern New Jersey.

Earlier Event: June 9
Shorebirds at New Jersey Shore