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Records of NJ Birds: Featherbed Lane
Fall 2011
Hannah Bonsey Suthers

Foremost in memory of fall 2011 has to be the freak nor'easter snow storm of Oct 29 with three inches of branch-snapping, tree-felling, power-outing wet snow, just one month after the tree-felling, basement-flooding, power-outing hurricane Irene. Otherwise the fall was mild, with migration held up by periods of rain and warm south-westerly winds. Our weekend banding peak was on Oct 23 with 97 birds. Other peaks during our 11 weekends of banding were 59 birds on Sept 5 and 55 birds on Oct 16. Seed and fruit sources were abundant, though flocks of about 4000 Grackles at the end of November gleaned fruits and fallen pin oak acorns. First frost was on Oct 28, followed by four frosts each about a week apart in November with days in between averaging 57 degrees.

Of 452 encounters at Featherbed Lane Banding Station 399 were newly banded, 38 recaptured from previous weeks, 10 recaptured from previous years, and 8 not banded. Species totaled 78of which 28 were Neotropical migrants, 19 temperate migrants, 5 overwintering migrants and 26 residents. The returns of note were a six-year old Yellowthroat and Catbird, and an after-five-year old Titmouse. Catbird numbers were up to normal with 39 new birds and 7 recaptures. At the suggestion of a reader, the following list is arranged according to migratory strategy.

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

Neotropical (long distance) migrants:

Ruby-throated Hummingbirdcaptured Sep 18
Eastern Wood PeweeSep 5, 18
Traill's Flycatcherb Sep 5
Alder Flycatcherb Sep 18
House Wrenb Sep 18 (2), 25
Golden-crowned Kingletb Oct 23 (2), Nov 20 (2)
Ruby-crowned Kingletb Oct 9-23 (26)
Veeryb Sep 5 (2)
Wood ThrushSep 18, Oct 16
Swainson's Thrushb Sept 25, Oct 2
Gray-cheeked Thrushb Nov 6
Gray Catbirdb Sep 5-Oct 16 (53)
Red-eyed Vireob Sept 5 (2), 25 (1)
Common Yellowthroatb Sep 5-Oct 16 (17), last seen Oct 23
Ovenbirdb Sep 5 (4), 11
Northern Waterthrushb Sep 5 (2), 25
Canada WarblerSep 5, 18
Northern Parulab Sep 5, 18
American Redstartb Sep 5-Oct 16 (13)
Magnolia Warblerb Sep 5 (5), 11 (4)
Mourning Warblerb Sep 11
Black-throated Blue Warblerb Sep 18-Oct 23 (11)
Black-throated Green WarblerSep 18
Tennessee WarblerSep 18
Blue-winged Warblerb Sep 25 (late)
Black-and-white Warblerb Sep 25 (2)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)b Oct 9-Nov 13 (41)
Rose-breasted GrosbeakSep 18

Temperate (short distance) migrants:

Cooper's HawkSep 19
Sharp-shinned HawkNov 20
Red-shouldered HawkOct 9, 30
Mourning Dovethroughout
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerNov 6, 13
Northern Flickerthroughout
Eastern Phoebelast Nov 20
Blue JayOct 14 flock (8)
Brown Creeperb Oct 16, 23, last Nov 24
Hermit Thrushb Oct 16-Nov20 (15)
American Robinthroughout
Brown Thrasherb Oct 2
European StarlingNov 20 with Grackles
Chipping SparrowSep 5-Oct 23 flock (20+)
Lincoln's Sparrowb Oct 9
Swamp Sparrowb Oct 16-Nov 20 (5)
Eastern Towheeb Oct 16-Nov 6 (3)
Field Sparrowb Oct 23 (2)
Common Grackle(mix bronzed & purple) Nov 6, 13, 27 (4000 )

Overwintering migrants:

Snow GooseOct 23 overhead
Black-capped ChickadeeOct 23
White-throated Sparrowb Oct 9-Nov 20 (91)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)b Oct 23-Nov 20 (19)
Purple Finchb 20 Nov (2)

Residents:

Canada Gooseflocks over
Black VultureSep 13, 18, Oct 9, 16, Nov 20, 27
Turkey Vulturethroughout
Vultureroost at Hart Ave., both spp over 100 birds
Red-tailed HawkSep 11, 18, Oct 23, Nov 20
Wild TurkeyNov 28 (8)
Eastern Screech OwlNov 6, 13, 19 (2)
Great-horned OwlSep 14
Red-bellied Woodpeckerthroughout, b Oct 2-Nov 13 (5)
Downy Woodpeckerb Sep 11, Oct 2 (2)
Pileated Woodpeckerthroughout
American Crowthroughout
Fish CrowOct 22
Carolina Chickadeethroughout, b Sep 5
Black-capped X Carolina Chickadeehybrid throughout, b Oct 23, Nov 20
Tufted Titmouseb Sep 5-Nov 20 (11)
White-breasted Nuthatchthroughout
Carolina Wrenthroughout, b Sep 5, Oct 2
Eastern Bluebirdthroughout
Northern MockingbirdOct 20, 24, Nov 8
Cedar WaxwingSep 18, Nov 20
Song Sparrowthroughout, b Sep 25-Nov 20 (7)
House Finchthroughout
American Goldfinchthroughout
House Finchthroughout
House Sparrowthroughout

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew





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