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Minutes of the DVOC for March 21, 2002

President Colin Campbell called the meeting to order.
Approximately 40 members and 20 guests were present.
The minutes of the March 7, 2002 meeting were approved as read.

Prior to the meeting, Nate Rice of the Academy Bird Department led about 20 of us on a tour of the Department's new cabinets and trays purchased, in part, with pledges from DVOC members.

Committee Reports and Other Reports

Jan Gordon announced that DVOC's premier World Series of Birding team -- which no other team has beaten since 1998 -- will again compete this year. The date is May 11. Paul Guris will be coming from Switzerland and Bill Stocku from Arizona. Members' pledges to the team's success are solicited. They will be used to pay for the new cabinets housing the Academy's bird collection.


Jane Henderson asked that contributions to Larus be submitted to her promptly. She expects the next issue of Larus in about a month.

Field Trips

Frank Windfelder leads the charge to Pedricktown and Salem County on Saturday, April 6. Exact starting point and time to be announced.

Our annual migration to the Pokomoke Swamp for Black Rails, Kentucky and Prothonotary Warblers, etc. will start on Friday, May 3 and continue thru Sunday May 5. Colin Campbell will lead.


Homeowners of a property at Kitts Hummock, Delaware prefer to sell it to birders. See Colin Campbell for details.

Local Notes

Alan Brady reported that an injured Gannet was picked up in Northeast Philadelphia. Quite a bird for Philadelphia.

Pine Siskins continue, 4 in Flourtown (at Jane Henderson's feeder) and 16-20 at Pine Hill, NJ (at Mike O'Brien's feeders).

300 Tunda Swans, plus Bald Eagles, were reported from Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge by Al Bilheimer, while Bald Eagle and 18 Horned Grebes were seen at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County (Ron French).

On Shelter Island near Montauk, NY, a Piping Plover was seen last weekend by Erica Brendel.

Don Jones and Al Driscoll reported White-winged Dove and Chat at Cape May Point and 9 male and 25 female Turkeys off New Road in Tabernacle, NJ.

Further afield, Joan Rain was one of the lucky few to see Blue-footed Booby at Little Coronado Island off San Diego, California. This was apparently the first report of that species in the United States since 1996.

And in the Caribbean, Alan Brady and Armas Hill had White-tailed Tropic bird, Great Skua, Brown Boobies and 25 Pomerine Jaegers last week, all on a pelagic trip off the island of Dominica in the West Indies.


Nate Rice, Collections Manager of the Academy Bird Department, recounted the Academy's expedition to Southern Australia in November-December 2001. Several hundred new specimens were obtained for the Academy's collection. The leader of the expedition, Dr. Leo Joseph, displayed some of the more colorful specimens secured, and answered the numerous questions from the audience.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters -- Secretary


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