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Records of NJ Birds: Featherbed Lane
Fall 2012
Hannah Bonsey Suthers

Not to be outdone by Hurricanes Irene and Floyd and the Oct 29 freak wet snow storm last year, the massive Hurricane Sandy, twice the size of Irene, with 90 MPH winds, made landfall over 900 square miles in New Jersey this year on Oct 29-30 devastating the entire sweep of the NJ shore and laying waste big old trees, especially pin oaks and pines, inland. A Nor'easter roaring through the following week caused further damage. The Featherbed Lane birds hunkered down successfully according to high banding recaptures and censusing.

Otherwise, Fall was mild, Sept ranging from 40 low to 92 degrees high, Oct from 39 low to78 high, Nov from 28 low to 64 high. Frost did not appear until Nov 5, 18, 25 & week. A warbler flight occurred at Sandy Hook on Aug 23, at Baldpate on Aug 29 (Magee), at Featherbed Lane, Sept 26. Banding peaks were on Sept 16 (warblers), Oct 14 (thrushes, kinglets, sparrows), Oct 21 (Myrtle Warblers). The Catbird migration was sparse. Grass seed and fruit set were poor due to the spring drought and migratory birds did not linger.

Of 472 Fall banding encounters at Featherbed Lane Banding Station 398 were newly banded, 31 recaptured from previous weeks, 22 recaptured from previous years, and 21 escaped. Species banded totaled 49 of which 26 species were Neotropical migrants, 11 temperate migrants, 4 overwintering migrants and 8 residents. Censusing resulted in 35 additional species of which 5 species were Neotropical migrants, 10 temperate migrants, 1 winter and 2 irruptive species and 17 residents. A total of 77 species used the area. The returns of note were a 9-year old Black-capped Chickadee recaptured for the third time, a 5-year-old hybrid Chickadee, 8-year and 6-year old Cardinals. The following list is arranged according to migratory strategy. See how the dates have shifted from when you are accustomed to seeing them, due to weather changes.

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

Neotropical (long distance) migrants:
Ruby-throated HummingbirdSep 9
Eastern Wood Peweeb Sep 2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcherb Sep 2
Alder Flycatcherb Sep 2 & 16
Great-crested FlycatcherSep 4
Willow Flycatcherb Sep 23
Veeryb Sep 2
Swainson's Thrushb Sep 16, s Sep 30
Wood Thrushb Sep 23, s Sep 30
Gray-cheeked Thrushb Sep 30
Gray Catbirdb Sep 2 - Oct 14 (only 35)
Red-eyed Vireob Sep 16, s Sep 30
Blue-headed Vireob Oct 14
American Redstartb Sep 2, s Oct 16
Worm-eating Warblerb Sep 2
Common Yellowthroatb Sep 2, s Oct 14
Black-and-white Warblerb Sep 9, 16, s Sep 30
Blackburnian Warblers Sep 9
Chestnut-sided Warblerb Sep 9, s Sep 16
Nashville Warblerb Sep 9, s Sep 30
Magnolia Warblerb Sep 9, s Sep 23
Connecticut Warblerb Sep 9, 23 (2)
Northern Waterthrushb Sep 9
Black-throated Green Warblerb Sep 16, s Sep 23
Black-throated Blue Warblerb Sep 16, 30
Ovenbirdb Sep 16, 23, s Sep 30
Blackpoll Warblerb Sep 23, s Sep 30
Northern Parulab Sep 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)b Oct 14
Rose-breasted GrosbeakSep 16, 23
Temperate (short distance) migrants:
Cooper's HawkSep 30, Nov 19
Sharp-shinned HawkSep 7, b Sep 23
Broad-winged HawkNov 4
Mourning Dovethroughout
Northern Flickerthroughout
Eastern Phoebeb Sept 12, s Sep 16
Blue Jaythroughout
Brown Creeperb Oct 14, Nov 18
House Wrenb Sep 2, s Sep 9, 23
Winter Wrenb Nov 11
Golden-crowned Kingletb Oct 14, s Nov 18
Ruby-crowned Kinglets Sep 16, b Oct 14, Nov 18
American Robinbreeding population Sep 2 - 16
Hermit Thrushb Sep 16, Nov 18
European StarlingNov 4, 18
Eastern TowheeSep 2 - Oct 14
Chipping SparrowSep 16, b Sep 30
Lincoln's Sparrowb Oct 14
Swamp Sparrowb Oct 14, 21
Fox SparrowNov 11
Common GrackleSep 9
Overwintering and irruptive migrants:
Snow GooseSep 30 (15+ overhead)
Black-capped Chickadeeirr, b Nov 4
American Robinnorthern cline b Oct 21
White-throated Sparrowb Sep 30 ff
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)b Oct 14 ff
Purple FinchOct 14
Pine Siskinsirr, Oct 14 (20), 26 (dozens), 28 (12+)
(b Nov 2 (15) at 4 View Point Drive)
Residents throughout:
Canada Gooseflocks over
Black VultureOct 28, Nov 4
Turkey Vulture
Vulture roost at Hart Ave.both spp over 100 birds
Red-tailed HawkSep 16, Nov 11
Wild TurkeySept 2
Eastern Screech OwlSep 23, Oct 23
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpeckerb Oct 21
Pileated Woodpecker
American Crow
Fish CrowSep 16, Oct 7, 14, 24, 28
Carolina Chickadeeb Sep 5
Black-capped X Carolina Chickadee hybridb Oct 23, Nov 20
Tufted Titmouseb Sep 16, 30, Oct 14, 21, Nov 2
White-breasted Nuthatchb Oct 14
Carolina Wrenb Sep 5, Oct 2
Eastern BluebirdSep 9 pair with 2 fledglings
Northern MockingbirdOct 20, 24, Nov 8
Cedar WaxwingSep 18, Nov 2
Northern Cardinalb Sep 23, Oct 21
Song Sparrowb Sep 2, Oct 14
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew





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