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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey
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Fall 2007
Hannah Suthers

With ample rains during the growing season, and only a mild drought during August, the fruiting shrub crops were spectacular, excepting the multiflora rose which is dying of rose rosette disease, a virus carried by wind-blown mites.The native Virginia rose remains unscathed. Grass seed and insects were flentiful. More adults were banded in proportion to young this year, implying a less than optimal breeding success up north. With the abundant food supply on our stopover grounds, there were fewer recaptures; birds did not have to linger long to refuel. An unusually warm fall, the first frost did not occur until Nov. 11.

We banded birds on 10 weekends from Sept 2-Nov 11. Forty nine species were banded, 25 more tallied, totaling 74 species, of which 27 were Neotropical migrants and 22 resident species. There were 493 encounters: 456 newly banded, 77 recaptured from previous banding, and 18 escaped not banded. Two flycatcher species, 7 thrush, 10 warbler and 9 sparrow species were banded. Both Chickadees and their hybrids were well represented. As cooperators with the UCLA/NIH Avian flu project, we swabbed and took feather samples of 100 birds.

Sighting and banding highlights, dates, (number of birds):

Common NameCount & Comments
Turkey Vulturethroughout
Sharp-shinned Hawk2-Sep
Cooper's HawkSept 30, Oct 14, 21, 28, Nov 3, Nov 4 escaped net
Red-tailed Hawk9-Sep-30
Eastern Screech Owlpair calling Sept 9, 16
Great Horned Owlcalling Sept 9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2-Sep
Red-bellied Woodpeckerthroughout
Hairy WoodpeckerSep 8, Oct 21
Downy Woodpeckerthroughout
Common Flickerthroughout, banded Oct 28
Pileated Woodpeckerthroughout
Alder Flycatcherbanded Sept 16, 23
Least Flycatcherbanded Sept 9
Hybrid Chickadeebanded Sep 9, 16, 23, others recaptured Sep 9, 16, Oct 28
Carolina Chickadeebanded throughout (8), recaptures (2)
Black-capped Chickadeebanded throughout (5)
Eastern Tufted Titmousebanded (20), recaptures (6), from previous years (3)
Red-breasted NuthatchSept 2, 9, 30, Nov 4
Brown Creeper21-Oct
Winter Wren11-Nov
Golden-crowned Kingletbanded Oct 14, seen Nov 11
Ruby-crowned Kingletbanded Oct 2 (2), 16 (3), Nov 6 (4), 13
Eastern Bluebird21-Oct
Hermit Thrushbanded Oct 14 (3), Nov 6 (3), 13 (7)
Swainson's Thrushbanded Sept 30
Gray-cheeked Thrushbanded Sept 30 (2)
Bicknell's Thrushbanded Sept 30, Oct 14 (2)
Catbirdlast observed Nov 4
Cedar WaxwingsSept 1, 4, Oct 28, banded Nov 4, seen Nov 11 (20)
Black-and-white Warblerbanded Sept 6
Magnolia Warblerbanded Sept 2, 9, 16 (6), 23
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)banded Oct 21 (8), 28 (15), Nov 4 (2)
Black-throated Green Warblerbanded Oct 14
Black-throated Blue Warblerbanded Sept 2 (4) 9, 16, 30, Oct 14
Ovenbirdlast banded Sept 23
Common Yellowthroatbanded through Oct 21
American Redstartbanded Sept 2, last banded Sept 23
Scarlet Tanager2-Sep
Purple Finchflock Sept 30, banded Oct 14, banded Nov 11 (2)
Eastern Towheebanded (4) last seen Nov 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)banded Oct 14-Nov 4
American Tree Sparrowbanded Nov 4
Eastern White-crowned Sparrowbanded Oct 21
White-throated Sparrowbanded Sept 23-Nov 4
Fox Sparrowbanded Oct 21 (3)
Swamp Sparrowbanded Sept 30, Oct 21 (2), 28 (2)
Song Sparrowbanded Oct 21, 28 (2), Nov 4
Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew

 

Last revision: Friday, February 11, 2011