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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey

Winter 2008
Hannah Suthers

Winter delivered a little bit of everything with mild temperatures, a roaring wind on Dec. 7, snow and sleet on the 16th followed by 3" snow, sleet, freezing rain on the weekend of the 19th followed by a few days of bitter temperatures. January had spells of snow followed by sleet and rain. February 3rd had a substantial storm that left snow on the ground, then more cycles of snow and rain. This was the winter of the Pine Siskin invasion. Species during the winter period at the banding station vicinity totaled 48.

Highlights are as follows, (numbers) seen throughout unless indicated by dates:

Snow Geese(100) flyover Feb 14
Black Vultureover Dec 7,14,15
Turkey Vultures(pr)
N. Harrier Dec 14
Red-shouldered Hawk frequent sightings Dec & Jan
Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Cooper's HawkDec 2, 15
Wild Turkey(15) at View Point Dr. roost Jan, Feb
Eastern Screech OwlDec 1, Jan 27
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker(pr)
Common Flicker
Ravenflyover Jan 21
Black-capped Chickadees(9)
Carolina Chickadees(6)
Hybrid Chickadees(4)
Tufted Titmouse(24)
White-breasted Nuthatch(5)
Red-breasted Nuthatch(3) Dec 14
Carolina Wren(10)
Golden-crowned Kinglet(2) Dec 7,14,15,
N. Mockingbird(3)
E. Bluebird(6)
Hermit ThrushDec 14
Robin, northern subspecies(30)
Cedar Waxwing16 Feb
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle)Warbler Dec 14, Feb 16
Am. Tree Sparrow
Fox SparrowView Point Drive
Purple Finch(5) Dec 14, (17) Feb 16
Song Sparrow(4)
White-throated Sparrow(10)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco(27)
Am. Goldfinch(12)
Pine Siskin(19) Feb 16, up to 40 throughout at View Point Dr.
House Finch(5)
Red-winged Blackbird(1) Feb 9, (4) Feb 16
Brown-headed Cowbird(2) Feb 14
Common Grackle(1) Jan 1, (61) Feb 9
Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew


Last revision: Friday, March 14, 2008