Birds flock to Point Pleasant Beach, force fireworks display to move

Hundreds of endangered birds have taken over a large section of beach in Ocean County, closing it to visitors.

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2019, 11:49 AM

Updated 1,843 days ago

Share:

Hundreds of endangered birds have taken over a large section of beach in Ocean County, closing it to visitors.
The birds have also forced big changes to Point Pleasant Beach's popular weekly fireworks display, which kicks off Thursday night.
About 150 pairs of nesting birds set up their homes on Jenkinson's Inlet Beach. The fireworks display, which is normally held on the northern beaches, has been moved to the southern beaches by about a mile to Risden's Beach.
The three species of birds at the beaches are the least terns, the American oystercatcher and the black skimmer. Experts from Jenkinson's Aquarium have taken daily watch over the area and say that so far, the terns and oystercatchers have hatched while the skimmers remain on their eggs. Those eggs should hatch in a few weeks.
The birds are also protecting their babies and were seen swooping down on sunbathers. Experts say you can sit near where the birds are nesting, just be aware of the hazards.
Officials expect the birds to remain on the beach for most of the summer.


More from News 12
2:00
Former President Trump safe, doing OK after gunfire at rally

Former President Trump safe, doing OK after gunfire at rally

2:07
HEAT ALERT: Sunny, hot and humid Sunday in New Jersey

HEAT ALERT: Sunny, hot and humid Sunday in New Jersey

1:46
Security heighted at Trump Tower in aftermath of rally shooting

Security heighted at Trump Tower in aftermath of rally shooting

2:27
Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

Political analyst weighs in on gun violence in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:29
Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

Expert: Security will be a high level concern at presidential events in wake of Trump rally shooting

1:34
Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

Political analyst: Shooting at Trump rally will bring changes to 2024 Presidential Election

1:36
Official: 2 children, adult killed in West Orange house fire

Official: 2 children, adult killed in West Orange house fire

0:37
Police: Missing Connecticut teenager located in New Jersey

Police: Missing Connecticut teenager located in New Jersey

0:18
Hillsborough police: Man burned in homemade firework explosion

Hillsborough police: Man burned in homemade firework explosion

0:46
Police: Shooting, 2 stabbings reported within 6 hours earlier this week in Atlantic City

Police: Shooting, 2 stabbings reported within 6 hours earlier this week in Atlantic City

0:21
Prosecutor: East Hanover man sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing wife

Prosecutor: East Hanover man sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing wife

1:57
Stop & Shop to close 10 ‘underperforming’ locations across New Jersey

Stop & Shop to close 10 ‘underperforming’ locations across New Jersey

1:45
Police: Driver faces charges for striking man in hit-and-run road rage incident in Fair Lawn

Police: Driver faces charges for striking man in hit-and-run road rage incident in Fair Lawn

1:52
AT&T security breach hits nearly all cellular customers and landline accounts

AT&T security breach hits nearly all cellular customers and landline accounts

1:16
Prosecutor: Bergen County pastor charged with 21 counts of sexual offenses against teen

Prosecutor: Bergen County pastor charged with 21 counts of sexual offenses against teen

3:06
Jury ends first day of deliberations in Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial without a verdict

Jury ends first day of deliberations in Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial without a verdict

0:33
Jersey Proud: Jamesburg police ‘ticket’ children performing good deeds

Jersey Proud: Jamesburg police ‘ticket’ children performing good deeds

0:47
Point Pleasant Beach officials at odds with company over 5G cell towers

Point Pleasant Beach officials at odds with company over 5G cell towers

1:41
Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of southern New Jersey

Heavy rain causes flooding in parts of southern New Jersey

2:21
Ruptured pipe causes raw sewage to pour into Red Bank storm drains

Ruptured pipe causes raw sewage to pour into Red Bank storm drains