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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Winter 2005
Hannah Suthers

Winter was mild except for 10" snow early December, and 16" on February 12. Nonetheless birds were dependent on feeders, possibly because of poor fruit, grass and weed seed availability due to the summer drought. Highlights were as follows:

Great Blue Heron 18 Dec
Snow Gooseest. 1000 overhead 12 Dec going south
Black Vulture15 & 17 Dec (2), 8, 9, & 30 Jan (4), 17 Feb (4)
Turkey Vulturedaily, 35+ at roost on 15 Dec
Sharp-shinned Hawk12, 16 & 18 Dec, large accipiter 1 Feb
Red-tailed Hawk19 Feb
Screech Owl12, 18 Dec, 8 Jan
Great-horned Owl18 Dec (2), 8 Jan
Long-eared Owlpellets found 8 Jan (Tom Bailey)
Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Flickerthroughout
Red-breasted Nuthatch(3) at feeders after Dec snow & 17 Feb
Brown Creeper18 Feb (2)
Eastern Bluebird16 Feb (5)
Hermit Thrush18 Dec (8), 12 Jan
Robin, northern subspeciesthroughout (62 )
Cedar Waxwing18 Dec (20)
Yellow-rumped Warbler18 Dec (2), 18 Feb
American Tree Sparrow15 Dec (3), 27 Jan, 6, 19 Feb (2)
Fox Sparrow 21 Dec, Jan 8, 10 (2)
Purple Finch13, 15 Dec (2), 18 Dec (9), 6 sightings in Jan, 18 Feb (7)
Red-winged Blackbird18 Feb

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew  

Last revision: January 20, 2006 - 03:45 PM