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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Fall 2003
Hannah Suthers

The fall season was wet, or rather, back to normal with tropical storm Grace and hurricane Isabel, many days or partial days of rain, high winds, "stornado", interspersed with cold fronts and NW winds during which birds poured through. We banded birds on 11 weekends, with flights on Sept 7, 21, Oct 5 and 19. A total of 85 species were tallied at the station, 65 migratory species and 20 resident species. Of the migrants 31 species were breeding species, and 34 species were passage migrants. A total of 500 were banded, 65 were recaptured, and 23 escaped plus some 200 Grackles who flew into and out of the nets. Fruit resources were abundant and insects were plentiful.

Highlights of sightings and bandings were:

Northern HarrierOct 12, Nov 2
Sharp-shinned HawkSept 7, Oct 5, 12, Nov 23
Cooper's Hawk12-Sep
Red-shouldered Hawkcaught in the net Oct 26
Red-tailed Hawkfemale sick, West Nile, taken to MCWC 7 Sept; another soaring Nov 8
Great Horned Owlpair 28 Sept, Oct 5
Ruffed Grouseflushed Sept 12, 24
American Woodcockflushed Nov 8, 23
Red-bellied Woodpeckerthroughout
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerOct 18, Nov 9, 17
Hairy WoodpeckerOct 5, 26, Nov 18
Northern Flickerthroughout
Pileated WoodpeckerOct 26, Nov 23; pair regularly at dead trees (Janet Speck)
Flycatchers were scarce:
Eastern Wood Peweebanded Sept 7, 14
Least Flycatcherbanded Sept 7
Traill's Flycatcherseen Sept 7
Alder Flycatcherbanded Sept 14
Eastern Phoebebanded Oct 5, 19
Yellow-bellied Flycatcherbanded Aug 24
Parid numbers low:
Hybrid Chickadeebanded Sept 21
Carolina Chickadee6 banded throughout, sightings throughout
Black-capped Chickadeenone banded, only 4 sightings Sept 7, Oct 12, 26, Nov 2
Eastern Tufted Titmousebanded Sept 14, Oct 5, (4) Oct 12, (2) Oct 26
Brown Creeperbanded Oct 19, Nov 2
Winter Wrenbanded Oct 5, 19
Golden-crowned KingletOct 5, banded Oct 12, 19, 26
Ruby-crowned Kingletbanded Oct 5, through Nov 16
Wood Thrushbanded through Oct 5
Gray-cheeked Thrush(2) banded Oct 5
Swainson's Thrushbanded Sept 7, 21
Hermit Thrushbanded Oct 19, weekly through Nov 23
Brown Thrasherbanded Oct 19, recaptured Oct 26
Catbirdbanded through Nov 16
American Robinflock of northern subspecies arrived to overwinter Oct 12, 2 banded Nov 9
Cedar Waxwing(7) on Sept 6; (1) Nov 16
Red-eyed Vireobanded Sept 7, 14
Warblers, 15 species:
Black-and-white Warblerbanded Sept 7, 14, 21
Northern Parula7-Sep
Magnoliabanded Sept 7, 21, Oct 5
Yellow-rumpedfirst seen Oct 5, banded through Nov 23
Black-throated Greenbanded Sept 7, Oct 5
Black-throated Bluebanded Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 12, 19 (first banded Aug 24)
Blackpollbanded Sept 21, Oct 5
Yellow Palmbanded Sept 21
Ovenbirdbanded Sept 7, 14, 21
Northern Waterthrushbanded Sept 7
Common Yellowthroatbanded through Oct 12
Connecticutbanded Sept 7, 21
Canadabanded Sept 7, 21 (first banded Aug 21)
American Redstartbanded Sept 7, 14, 21
Yellow-breasted Chatbanded Sept 21
Common Grackleflocks of thousands Nov 19, banded 29
Scarlet Tanagerbanded Sept 7
Sparrows and Finches well represented:
American Goldfinchpresent throughout, banded Nov 9
Eastern Towheebanded Sept 7 through Oct 19, still present Nov 23
Swamp Sparrowbanded Oct 6, 20, Nov 3, 10, 24
Dark-eyed Juncobanded Oct 6 & thereafter
American Tree SparrowNov 22, banded Nov 23
Field Sparrowseen Oct 19
White-throated Sparrowbanded Oct 5 & thereafter
Lincoln's Sparrowbanded Oct 5, 12
Swamp Sparrowbanded Oct 12 (3), Nov 9, 23
Rose-breasted Grosbeakbanded Sept 7
Indigo Buntingbanded Oct 5
Fox Sparrowbanded (3) Nov 9, (6) 16, (1) 23
Dark-eyed Juncobanded Oct 19 & thereafter
Purple Finch(2) banded Nov 23

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew  

Last revision: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 8:12:05 PM