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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Fall 2002
Hannah Suthers

This fall had fallouts in early and mid September, otherwise migration was 'trickle through', the birds apparantly overpassing the Sourlands to go directly to Cape May. However the diversity of species was high. Food resources were restricted because drought preempted fruit and grass seed development, though insects were plentiful. Highlights were:

Bald Eagleoverhead Sept 29
Sharp-shinned Hawkbanded Sept 29, Oct 6
Red-tailed Hawkobserved throughout
Great Horned and Screech Owlpairs heard regularly throughout
Ruffed Grouseflushed Nov 10, 20, 21
Wild TurkeySept 15, 22, Oct 6, 27,
Pileated WoodpeckerSept 2, 29, Oct 20, pair at hole Oct 22 (Janet Speck), pair Nov 10
Northern Flicker21-Nov
Brown Creeperbanded Oct 27, Nov 10
Winter Wrenbanded Oct 6, 20, Nov 24
Both Kingletsbanded 29 Sept (RCKI) weekly through Nov 24
Wood Thrushbanded Sept 8, 15
Gray-cheeked ThrushSept 15, 29, Oct 6
Swainson's Thrush29-Sep
Hermit Thrush12 banded on Oct 6, banded weekly through Nov 14
Catbirdlingering Nov 10
American Robinflock of northern subspecies arrived to overwinter Oct 13
Cedar Waxwingflock of 6 juvenals eating shrivled frost grapes and red cedar berries, Oct 20
Philadelphia Vireoseen Sept 29
Red-eyed Vireobanded Sept 2, 15, 29
Scarlet Tanagerbanded Sept 29
American Goldfinchbanded Oct 2, Nov 24
Eastern Towheebanded Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, species still present Nov 24
Swamp Sparrowbanded Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 10, 24
Dark-eyed Juncobanded Oct 6 & thereafter
American Tree Sparrowbanded Nov 24
Field Sparrowseen Nov 3
White-throated Sparrowbanded Sept 29 & thereafter
Fox Sparrowbanded Nov 13, 24
Flycatchers:
Pewee, Yellow-bellied, Willow and Leastbanded Sept 2
Alder, Willow and Least banded8-Sep
Phoebe and Alderbanded Sept 15
Warblers (19 species):
Black-and-white Warblerbanded Sept 2, 8, 15, 29
Worm-eating Warblerbanded Sept 2
Blue-winged x Brewster'sbackcross banded Sept 2
Tennesseebanded Sept 8
Magnoliabanded Sept 2 weekly through Oct 6
Yellow-rumpedfirst banded Oct 6, weekly through Nov 10
Black-throated Greenbanded Sept 2, 15, Oct 6
Black-throated Bluebanded Sept 2, 8, 15, 22, 29, seen Oct 27
Chestnut-sidedbanded Sept 2
Bay-breastedbanded Sept 15
Blackpollbanded Sept 2
Yellow Palmseen Oct 13
Ovenbirdbanded Sept 2, 15, 29
Northern Waterthrushbanded Sept 2, 15
Common Yellowthroatbanded Sept 2, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6
Connecticutbanded Sept 8
Wilson'sbanded Sept 22
Canadabanded Sept 2
American Redstartbanded Sept 2, 8, 15, 22

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew  

Last revision: Friday, April 25, 2008