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Minutes of the DVOC for September 19, 2002

President Colin Campbell called the meeting to order.
27 members and 2 guests were present.
Highlights from the minutes of the June 6, 2002 meeting were approved as read.
No Committee Reports were presented.

Field Trips

Ward Dasey will run the next field trip, at Palmyra, NJ, September 21, starting at 7:00 a.m.

On Saturday, October 12, Frank Windfelder will lead us to Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows. The trip starts at 7:30 a.m. at the end of the Tuckerton Marshes and continues on to the Brigantine NWR.


The October 3 program will be by Frank Windfelder. His formal topic is entitled "Vagrant Birds," but the Club assumes no responsibility for whatever Frank will actually say or present.

October 17 program is "to be announced."

November 7 will be the annual Members' Slide Night. Be sure to bring your best slides of birders, as well as birds, natural history, and scenery.

The Annual Banquet - featuring our popular speaker Scott Weidensaul - will be held November 21 at Williamson's Restaurant on Rt. 1 in Bala Cynwyd, where it was held last year. Be sure to get your reservation in - last minute reservations may not be accepted.

Local Notes

Jane Henderson has been studying the chimney swifts at the Dobson and Shawmont Schools. Recently she presented formal programs on the swifts at those schools.

Alan Brady reported on birds attracted by the recent fish kill at Peace Valley. Six Bald Eagles, 109 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and a number of Ospreys were reported.

Steve Kerr, who spent the last week at Cape May, reported a flight of 3000 Warblers seen there today. Twenty-one warbler species were counted in this flight, including Connecticut and Cape May Warblers.

Herk Hoffman reported good recent raptor diversity at the Militia Hill Hawkwatch in Fort Washington State Park. Up to twelve species have been seen including modest daily counts of Broad-winged Hawks (modest means about 100).

Finally, Rick Mellon summarized his far-flung summer adventures with three reports: (1) Lincoln's Sparrow seen within the town of Lake Placid, NY; (2) great field birds on reclaimed strip mines in Clarion County, PA - good numbers of Henslow's, Grasshopper, Savannah, and even Clay-colored Sparrows, plus Upland Sandpipers, can be found there; and (3) in Arizona in August, Rick had 14 species of Hummingbird. These included Plain-capped Starthroat, Beryline, Lucifer's, and White-eared.


Visiting from Ithaca, NY, Mike Powers gave us an interesting talk on the e-Bird Project. This Project, of which Mike is the co-ordinator, is an on-line project enabling users to enter their sightings into a large database for easy later access. It permits you to keep your year-list, life-list, or backyard list online, and to access the lists of others. Tracking trends in bird sightings useful to science will be enhanced by this project. To participate, log onto the Internet using eBird.org.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher K. Walters

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