Records of NJ Birds: Featherbed Lane
Winter 2010 - 2011
Hannah Bonsey Suthers

This winter did not bode well for the 47 species of birds in the vicinity of the Featherbed Lane Bird Banding and Research Station. A record-breaking summer drought that preempted a good wild fruit set and grass and wildflower seed supply was followed by heavy winter storms (9" on 26 Dec, 6" on 7-8 Jan, 11" on 11-12 Jan, 3" on 21 Jan, 9" on 26-27 Jan, 1/2" ice on 2 Feb) that left deep snow on the ground through most of February. Fewer migrant individuals overwintered. Feeders kept many migrants and residents from starvation. A roost in tall spruce trees on Hart Avenue accommodated up to 77 Turkey Vultures and 16 Black Vultures. Screech Owls were calling at end Feb, Woodcock were peenting on Feb 27.

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

Canada Gooseflyovers
Ring-billed Gullflyovers Dec 19, Feb 18
Wood DuckFeb 21
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered HawkJan 11, Rt. 654, Hopewell
Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Cooper's HawkDec 19
American KestrelDec 19
Wild Turkey(2) 4 View Pt. Dr. Dec 16
American Woodcock(4) Feb 27
Mourning Dove(12)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker(3) Dec 17-19
WoodpeckersDowny (4), Hairy (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker(6)
Pileated Woodpeckerpair
Common Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
American Crow(11)
Blue Jay(13) in Dec, (9) in Feb
Chickadees,Black-capped (4), Carolina (4), Hybrid (2)
Tufted Titmouse(9)
White-breasted Nuthatch(5)
Red-breasted Nuthatch(2) 4 View Pt. Dr. Dec 2, 16
Carolina Wren(2)
N. Mockingbird(1)
E. Bluebird(5)
Hermit ThrushDec 19
Robin, northern subspecies(37) Dec 17, (15) Feb 8
Cedar Waxwing(2) Dec 19
European Starling(9)
Northern Cardinal(12)
E. Towheelast seen Dec 15
Am. Tree Sparrowlast seen Feb 11 at 4 View Pt. Dr.
Chipping Sparrow(3) Feb 19
Song Sparrow(3)
White-throated Sparrow(12, down from 118 last year)
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco(25, down from 65 last year)
Am. Goldfinch(12)
House Finch(6)
House Sparrow(19)
Brown-headed CowbirdDec 19, Feb 21
Red-winged BlackbirdFeb 8, (50) Feb 21
Common Grackle(10) Dec 19, (30) Feb 20
Rusty BlackbirdDec 15

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew

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Last revision: Friday, February 8, 2013