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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey


Winter 2004
Hannah Suthers

The mild fall weather continued with 26 above-freezing December days pushing the 40's and 50's, and 58 degrees on New Year's Day. In mid January red maple buds were swollen and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drilled three holes in a large tree and sipped from one to another as the sap flowed. Then came a cold snap on Jan. 16th, 15" snow on the 22nd, and winter had begun. Birds mobbed the feeders. The remaining crabapples were depleated rapidly by robins, starlings and House Finches. A flicker dug in the scraped roadside. Deer could reach higher into the cedars. Temperatures in the 40's and 50's again in February, then snow on the 21st, 24th, and 28th. On Feb. 17 two Carolina Chickadees were fightig while a third watched. Forty species were observed.

Snow Gooseflock flyover on Dec 5
Canada Goosethroughout
Black and Turkey Vulturesthroughout, also at a Borough roost
Sharp-shinned Hawk3 individuals in Jan and Feb
Cooper's HawkFeb 23 (JS)
Red-tailed Hawkthroughout, pair and an immature
Mourning Doveup to 15 throughout
Eastern Screech Owlred phase, in tree cavity Jan 19 thru Feb (JS)
Great Horned Owl19-Dec
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerDec 11, 19, Jan 18, another Jan 19
Downy, Hairy (JS), Red-bellied Woodpeckersthroughout
Common Flicker(2) throughout
Pileated WoodpeckerDec 14, 16, frequent visitor (JS)
Jays and Crowssparse throughout
Carolina and Black-capped Chickadeesthroughout
Tufted Titmousethroughout, singing mid Feb
White-breasted Nuthatchesthroughout
Carolina Wrens2 throughout
Eastern Bluebirds18-Feb
Hermit ThrushDec 19 (2), Jan 20
American Robinthroughout, up to 30
Northern Mockingbird2 throughout
European Starlingflocks 100+ throughout
Yellow-rumped Warbler22-Dec
Northern Cardinalup to 12 pairs throughout
American Tree Sparrowup to 7 throughout
Song Sparrow3 throughout
White-throated Sparrow50 throughout
Dark-eyed Junco30 throughout
Common GrackleJan 18, Feb 16 (30)
Brown-headed CowbirdJan 22 (JS)
Purple Finch2-Dec
House Finch2 pairs throughout
American Goldfinch(10) throughout
House Sparrowthroughout

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew
(JS)=Janet Speck

Last revision: Sunday, April 27, 2008