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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Winter 2000
Hannah Suthers

At the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station, the Christmas Count on 17 Dec. 2000 and frequent counts (15 in Jan, 12 in Feb 2001) yielded 47 species wintering over or foraging in the area. Highlights were:

American Woodcockfirst displaying male on 19 Feb
Turkey Vulturesthroughout (there’s a roost of about 70 in Hopewell Borough)
Black Vultures5 on 17 Dec, 1 on 1 & 2 Jan
Redtailed Hawkthroughout
Red-shouldered Hawkadult, 1 & 2 Jan
Cooper’s Hawk18-Feb
Sharp-shinned Hawk2-Feb
American Kestrelfemale frequently in Feb
Ruffed Grouse29-Jan
Wild Turkey30 on 17 Dec. (HS), tracks on 29 Jan (HS) , 5 toms, 14 Feb (JS)
Great-horned Owl25-Jan
Screech Owl16-Feb
Hairy Woodpecker21 Jan, 23 Jan, 13 Feb
Pileated Woodpeckermale roadkill on 24 Oct, now a skin at Princeton University (HS). Both male and female sighted frequently in Jan & Feb 2001 (HS & JS)
Common Flicker17 Dec, 6 Jan, 2 Feb
both Black-capped and Carolina Chickadeesthroughout
Golden-crowned Kinglet17-Dec
Red-breasted Nuthatch2 on 19 Feb (JS)
Eastern Bluebird17 Dec, 2 Jan, 15 Jan, 28 Jan, 18 Feb, 24 Feb, 27 Feb
Hermit Thrush17 Dec, 4 Jan, 15 Jan, 21 Jan
American Robinsthroughout
Yellow-rumped Warbler4-Jan
Eastern Towhee4 Jan, 22 Jan
American Tree Sparrow3 Jan, 4 Jan, 6 Jan, 21 Jan, 26 Jan, 17 Feb
Song Sparrowthroughout
White-throated Sparrows and Juncosthroughout
Fox Sparrow3 Jan, 4 Jan
Purple Finchflock of 8, 17 Dec, 2 birds 1 Jan, 5 birds 6 Jan, 1 bird 22 Jan, 26 Jan (singing), 17 Feb
Redwinged Blackbirds2 birds 21 Jan, 75 birds 24 Jan, 100 birds 6 Feb, and present thereafter
Common Grackle17 Dec, 17 Jan, 6 on 22 Jan, 125 on 23 Jan, 800 on 24 Jan, 1000 on 29 Jan, and present thereafter

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew  

 

Last revision: Sunday, April 27, 2008