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Minutes of the DVOC for February 7, 2002

President Colin Campbell called the meeting to order.
33 members and 3 guests were present.
The minutes of the January 14, 2002 meeting were read, corrected, and approved.

Committee and Other Reports

Ornithological Studies - Chuck Hetzel reported that the following five (5) ornithological studies are active:

a. Song Variations Among Prothonotary Warblers
b. Purple Martin Nesting Projects
c. Studies of Carotenoid Pigments in Birds
d. Song Variations and Habitat Preferences in the Swamp Sparrow
e. Peregrine Falcon Nesting and Banding in the Delaware Valley

Club members participating include Doris McGovern, Don Jones, Joe Majdan, Jan Gordon, Earl Harrison, Chuck Hetzel, Augie Sexauer, plus Nate Rice and Matt Sharp of the Academy staff.

Larus - Jane Henderson reports the current issue of Larus is out.

Website - Emmerson Bowes reported the Club is exploring getting its own "DVOC" domain name for easier access to the website.

Field Trips

The next two field trips are the Montauk Trip on Presidents' Weekend, and Frank Windfielder's trip to Salem County and Pedricktown on April 6.


Dues for 2002 are due to the Treasurer. See Naomi Murphy.

Rick Mellon announced the first documented winter record of Swainson's Hawk in Arizona. Rick discovered the bird, an intermediate rufous-phased adult, on January 16th near Pichaco Peak south of Phoenix. After review of Rick's photo of the bird, local experts confirmed this record.

Sandy Sherman announced the 5th edition of Peterson's Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America will be available to the public in April.

Joe Majdan announced that updates and photos on the current searches for Ivory-billed woodpeckers are available on the Internet. The proper Internet address is www.ivorybilledwoodpecker.com (no spaces or hyphens).

Don Jones announced New Jersey Audubon is seeking volunteers for road-side bird counts in May and June. Call Sharon DeFalco at 609-777-4194.

Local Notes

Among the many local notes given, Doris McGovern discovered a Lark Sparrow at Benjamin Rush State park in Philadelphia on February 2.

Joe Majden was astonished to find a Pink-footed Goose by his property near New Hope on January 27.

Alan Brady circulated a photo of a Caribbean Short-eared Owl perched on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, 900 miles east of Barbados.

Al Driscoll reported two Saw-whet Owls at Palmyra and saw the Red Crossbills which have been frequenting the Harrisonville Lake area of the pine barrens since December.

Paul Guris continues to have many Purple Finches and Pine Siskins at his feeders near Green Lane Reservoir. As of January 29, a pair of Bald Eagles were also building a nest at the Reservoir.

Steve Kerr reported the Lark Sparrow at Cape May Court House is still present, and that a Clay-colored Sparrow is being seen at a Cape May Point feeder. Two Little Gulls continued in the Cape May area.

To conclude the meeting, Matt Sharp of PROJECT VIREO gave an interesting and extremely well-illustrated program about the "Conservation and Recovery of Peregrine Falcons in Pennsylvania."

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters -- Secretary

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