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Hannah Suthers

Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station Report, Summer 2001
Hannah Suthers

After a fabulous spring of daily birding for the Birdcast Radar Migration Study with 82 species of migrants seen, summer continued strongly with 72 species of breeding birds residing in the census area. The April-May drought affected the area strongly with ephemeral ponds drying up mid May, tadpoles dying by the thousands, and herbaceous vegetation wilting. Summer bird banding studies suggested that many nestlings did not make it; the fledgling catch was unprecedentedly low. Highlights of the breeding season were:

  • Woodcock, 10 displaying males
  • Ruffed Grouse seen repeatedly, 2 territories
  • Turkeys with 5 poults
  • Mourning Dove 16 territories, fledgling 13 June
  • Turkey Vulture 2 pairs
  • Red-tailed Hawk nest and fledgling
  • American Kestrel pair frequently on wires of Hopewell-Wertsville Road
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Black-billed Cuckoo 2 territories
  • E. Screech Owl
  • Great-horned Owl 2 pairs
  • R-T Hummingbird, 3 territories, one mist-netted with brood patch
  • Hairy Woodpecker 3 territories
  • Downy Woodpecker 8 territories, 1 fledgling
  • Pileated Woodpecker pair seen daily through June
  • Eastern Kingbird in bordering hayfields
  • Great-crested Flycatcher, 8 territories
  • Willow Flycatcher, 2 territories
  • Purple Martin overhead 2 May and mid-July
  • Barn Swallow, 4 pairs, 9 fledglings
  • American Crow 9, fledgling 29 May
  • Carolina Chickadee 12 territories; a breeding male mist netted; 3 June adult carrying food
  • Black-Capped Chickadee 10 territories; carrying nest material 7 May, another nest material 10 May
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 12 territories, carrying nest material 11 May
  • BROWN CREEPER mist netted female with brood patch and egg in abdomen 30 May. MAY BE FIRST INDICATION OF BREEDING IN BLOCK, TOPOGRAPHIC MAP 68 HOPEWELL
  • Gray Catbird 59 territories, carrying nest material 7 May, food 3 June, netted fledglings end June
  • Brown Thrasher territory
  • Wood Thrush 30 territories, mist netted fledglings 13 June
  • Veery 21 territories, mist netted fledglings 1 July
  • E. Bluebird fight with House Sparrow for box, and won, 12 May, nested
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 territories, family 8 July
  • White-eyed Vireo heard in mid June and end July
  • Yellow-throated Vireo 2 territories
  • Red-eyed Vireo 22 territories
  • Warbling Vireo heard once in June
  • Black-and-White Warbler 2 territories, with nest material, 14 May (Lou Beck)
  • Blue-winged Warbler 23 territories, netted breeding female 20 May, adult with fledglings 1 July
  • Yellow Warbler 8 territories, breeding males mist netted 21 June, 9 July
  • Ovenbird 34 territories, mist netted fledglings 14 July
  • Common Yellowthroat 45 territories, mist netted fledglings July 1 ff
  • Yellow-breasted Chat 2 territories through June
  • American Redstart 2 territories
  • Hooded Warbler singing 29 May
  • Bobolink courtship chase in hay fields 16 May, present until mowing end June
  • E. Meadowlark 2 territories in hay fields, present until mowing
  • Red-winged Blackbird 9 territories, nesting material 12 May
  • Baltimore Oriole 16 territories, nest found 5 June
  • Scarlet Tanager 13 territories, courtship seen 11 May, mist netted breeding female 29 July
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak 20 territories, female carrying nest material 7 May
  • Indigo Bunting 3 territories, mist netted breeding male 30 May, females 21 June, 29 July
  • Eastern Towhee 41 territories, fledgling 14 July
  • Chipping Sparrow 5 territories, active nest in May
  • Field Sparrow 5 territories, breeding male mist netted 9 July

The bird banding study on fall habitat use by migratory birds continues into November, after which time a report will be made.

The Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station now has a website: hopewell-birds.freehostia.com



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