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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey


Winter 2009-2010
Hannah Suthers

Perhaps enticed by mild temperatures and open conditions with lots of wild fruits and seeds, 50 species inhabited the vicinity of the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding and Research Station. They were not using the feeders heavily until the big snow of Dec 20. The surprise was two Red-headed Woodpeckers on the Dec 27 Christmas Count, an adult and an immature, photographed on that day and on New Year's Day. A Merlin buzzed two feeders on Jan 9. More big snows came on Feb 9-10, 15-16. The only 'winter finches' this year were 2 pair + 1 Purple Finches. Attrition due to harsh storms was evident among the Carolina Wrens and House Finches. No owls were seen or heard.

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

Common NameCount & Comments
Snow Geese(144) flyover Jan 3, (400 est.) Jan 25.
Black Vultureover Dec 27, (2) Feb 13
Turkey Vultures(pr)
Red-shouldered HawkFeb 13
Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Cooper's HawkDec 8 & 15, Jan5
Wild Turkey(15-24) Dec 17 and on hunter's motion activated camera in Jan
Mourning Dove(only 8)
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerDec 5 & 18, Jan 1
Hairy Woodpecker(2),
Red-bellied Woodpecker(6)
Pileated Woodpecker(pr)
Common Flicker (Yellow-shafted)(4)
Red-headed Woodpecker(2) Dec 27, Jan 1 & 9
Chickadees, Black-capped(5), Carolina (6), Hybrid (6)
Tufted Titmouse(16)
White-breasted Nuthatch(6)
Carolina Wren(4, down from 10 last winter)
Golden-crowned Kinglet(1) Dec 31
N. Mockingbird(1)
E. Bluebird(11) Dec 31, 3-6 thereafter
Hermit Thrush
Robinnorthern subspecies (25+)
Cedar Waxwing(25) Dec 15
European Starling(10)
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) WarblerFeb 14
Northern Cardinal(18)
Eastern Towhee(2)
Am. Tree Sparrow(6)
Field Sparrow(5) Jan 16, Feb 15
Chipping Sparrow(2) Dec 30 & 31, Jan 1 & 2, Feb 12
Fox Sparrow(2) Dec 25
Song Sparrow(9)
White-throated Sparrow(118)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco(65)
Am. Goldfinch(5)
House Finch(only 3)
Purple Finch(5)
Red-winged Blackbird(3) Feb 14
Common Grackle(200+) Feb 5, (10) Feb 13
Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew


Last revision: Friday, February 11, 2011