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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Winter 2001
Hannah Suthers

Wintering-over birds (Dec - Feb) were abundant, with on and off (mostly off) cold weather, and an abundance of wild fruits, of which crabapples and multiflora rose were still available in March. Forty-eight species were sighted. Highlights were:

Black VultureJan 14 and 27
Red-shouldered HawkJan 20, 27, Feb 4
Ruffed Grouse16-Dec
American Woodcock26-Feb
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerDec 11, 15, 17, 29, 30, Jan 2
Pileated Woodpeckerregular
Red-breasted Nuthatchpair daily at 4 View Point Dr.
Brown Creeperat 4 View Point, Dec 17
American Robinflocks up to 200, regular (the northern subspecies, T. M. nigrideus, wintering over in NJ)
Cedar WaxwingDec. 16, 29, Jan 12, 17, 22
Yellow-rumped WarblerDec 16, 29, 30, Jan 2, 7
American Tree SparrowDec 16, 29, 30, Jan 15, 20, 23 27, Feb 16, 18, 26
Fox SparrowDec 11, 13, 14, 16, Jan 10, 20, 27, 16 Feb
Purple FinchDec nearly daily, Jan 2, 10, 14, 23, 27, Feb 16
Common Redpoll29-Dec-30

 

Last revision: Friday, March 29, 2002 - 09:53 PM