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Records of NJ Birds: Featherbed Lane
Fall 2005
Hannah Bonsey Suthers

This was the fall of hurricanes, Katrina, Orphelia, Rita, bringing drought relief to wilting trees. Migratory birds poured through in large flights between storm systems, resulting in an unprecedented high catch of birds in the mist nets even though we had to close early twice because of the quantity of birds, rain preempted banding once, and wind twice. The first frost came on November 20. Fruit resources were poor because of drought, except Virginia Creeper. Grass seeds were shriveled. Insects were plentiful.

We banded birds on 9 weekends from Sept 4-Nov 20. Sixty species were banded, 29 more tallied, totaling 67 migratory species (37 Neotropical) and 22 resident species. There were 638 encounters: 493 newly banded, 104 recaptured from previous banding, and 41 escaped. Seven flycatcher species, 6 thrush, 15 warbler and 9 sparrow species were banded. Both Chickadees and their hybrids were well represented.

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

Black VultureSept 4, 18, Nov 13 (6)
Sharp-shinned HawkSept 4, 11, 25, Oct 2, Nov 6
Cooper's HawkSept 4, 11, 25
Red-tailed HawkNov 13
Eastern Screech Owlpair calling Sept 4, 11, Oct 2, Nov 20
Great Horned Owlcalling Sept 4, pair Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, Nov 13, 20
Red-bellied Woodpeckerthroughout
Hairy WoodpeckerNov 20
Downy Woodpeckerthroughout, banded Oct 2, 16, Nov 6
Northern Flickerthroughout
Pileated WoodpeckerSept 18, Nov 6
Eastern Wood Peweebanded Sept 4 (2)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcherbanded Sept 4, 18
Acadian Flycatcherbanded Sept 18
Alder Flycatcherbanded Sept 11
Traill's Flycatcherbanded Sept 4, 11, 25
Least Flycatcherbanded Sept 4
Eastern Phoebebanded Sept 4 (2), heard Sept 11, 18
Hybrid Chickadeebanded July 24, recaptured Oct 16, Nov 6, 13, 1 banded Nov 13
Carolina Chickadeebanded throughout (7), recaptures (2)
Black-capped Chickadeebanded throughout (14)
Eastern Tufted Titmousebanded (20), recaptures (7), from previous years (3)
Red-breasted NuthatchSept 18, 25, Oct 2
Brown CreeperSept 4, Nov 6
Winter Wrenbanded Oct 2 (2), 16 (2)
Golden-crowned Kingletbanded Oct 16 (4), Nov 6, 13 (4)
Ruby-crowned Kingletbanded Oct 2 (2), 16 (3), Nov 6 (4), 13
Eastern BluebirdNov 6, 13, 20
Hermit Thrushbanded Oct 16 (3), Nov 6 (3), 13 (7)
Swainson's Thrushbanded Sept 18, 25
Gray-cheeked Thrushbanded Sept 18, Oct 2 (4)
Catbirdlast banded Nov 6
Cedar Waxwingbanded Oct 16 (3)
Blue-headed Vireobanded Oct 16
Philadelphia VireoSept 25 eating panicled dogwood (C. racemosa)
Black-and-white Warblerbanded Sept 11 (2), 18 (2), Oct 2
Nashville Warblerbanded Oct 16
Magnolia Warblerbanded Sept 9 (17), 18, Oct 16
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)banded Oct 16 (9)
Black-throated Green Warblerbanded Sept 4, 11, seen Oct 2
Black-throated Blue Warblerbanded Sept 4 (5), 18 (2), 25 (2), Oct 16
Ovenbirdlast banded Oct 2
Common Yellowthroatbanded through Oct 2
American Redstartbanded Sept 4 (8), 25 (3)
Scarlet TanagerSept 11
Purple Finchflock Nov 6, banded Nov 13
Eastern Towheebanded (4) last seen Nov 13
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)banded Oct 2-Nov 20
American Tree Sparrowbanded Nov 20
Field Sparrowbanded Oct 2, 16 (3)
White-throated Sparrowbanded Sept 18-Nov 20
Fox Sparrowbanded Nov 6 (4), 13 (5)
Swamp Sparrowbanded Nov 6 (2)
Song Sparrowbanded Sept 11, 18, Nov 6 (5), 13 (2), seen Nov 20

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew





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