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DVOC Minutes for June 5, 2003

An unruly band of 38 members and 6 guests was called to order by President Colin Campbell.

The May 1 meeting minutes were approved as read.

Field Trips
JoAnn Raine reported on the well-attended May 31 field trip to the Pennypack Trust's grasslands. Paul Driver and others saw both Yellow-bellied and Olive-sided Flycatcher.
Erica Brendel reported on her Carpenter's Woods warbler fieldtrip on May 17, and Don Jones summarized his recent field trip to Hawkins Road and Bright View Farm, NJ. The participants on Don's trip found Lincoln's and Grasshopper Sparrows at Bright View.
There are upcoming field trips to Sussex County, NJ (overnight June 7-8) and to the Bombay Hook area (July 20) for shorebirds.

Informal summer meetings, without programs, are scheduled for July 3, August 7, and September 4. The first fall regular meeting will be September 18, with Jeff Gordon as our speaker.

Treasurer Naomi Murphy announced that donations and pledges to the Club for our victorious World Series of Birding team are approaching $4,500.
Dave Cutler took an informal survey on how many attendees had subscribed to Field Notes or American Birds.

Local Notes
Guest Bill Reaume reported a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher on May 25 in his woodsy yard in Cheltenham, PA.
Chris Walters reported a Mourning Warbler that he saw singing on June 2 at Rolling Hill Park in Gladwyne, PA.
The FONT Pelagic Trip on Memorial Day (May 26) had great results in cool water conditions of 49 degrees F. Finds included 3 Dovekies, 1 Puffin, 150 Fulmars, 2 Long-tailed Jaegers, 6 South Polar Skuas, 16 Pomerine and 16 Parasitic Jaegers, 5 Leach's Storm Petrel, 15 Red Phalaropes, 8 Red-necked Phalaropes, 240 Greater and 160 Sooty Shearwaters, and 1000 Wilson's Storm Petrels.
On the same day, off Cape Hatteras, a Brian Pattison pelagic recorded light and dark morph Herald Petrel, while a week earlier Brian had Red-billed Tropicbird and Bermuda Petrel.

No Program
The evening was devoted to a review of 18 Big Day (or "May Run") Reports, results of which were distributed at the meeting. 16 of the 18 groups had representatives present, who each in turn regaled the rest with the stories of their Big Days. One such raconteur was Dave Cutler, whose team has been doing this in Delaware for the last 55 years! A close second to Dave's 186 birds this year was Andy Ednie's Delaware count of 180.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris Walters



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