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DVOC Minutes for October 16, 2003

President Colin Campbell presided over a crowd of 48, including 9 guests.

The prior meeting minutes were approved as read.


Jan Gordon reported for Conservation that Fairmount Park Commission and National Audubon Society have signed their deal for creation of a nature center at East Park Reservoir in Philadelphia. Similarly, National Audubon has now completed arrangements to lease the Mill Grove site in Audubon, PA. from Montgomery County

For the Membership Committee, Anita Guris announced that Jim Best has been accepted as a new member.


Availability remains for Paul Guris’ pelagic trip October 25 from Belmar, NJ.

Chris Walters reminded everyone of the benefits of taking out a life membership in DVOC.

Field Trips

On Frank Windfelder’s October 11 trip to the Jersey coast, highlights were 2 Nelson’s Sharp-tailed, 20 Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed, and 1 Clay-colored Sparrow at Tuckerton. Later, at the Absecon Inlet, the large group of shorebirds present included 40 Marbled Godwits, about 50 Western Willets, 200 Black Skimmers, and many Oystercatcher.

VP Adrian Binns announced upcoming trips to Bake Oven Knob on the November 1 weekend, to Tinicum with Kenn Kaufmann on November 7, and to the Kittatinny Ridge to band Saw-whet Owls on November 8. Martin Selzer announced a 4 day, DVOC trip to the Niagara River area December 5-8. his is the premier place and time for gulls in North America.

Local Notes

Erica Brendel reported several Winter Wrens are staying in Carpenter’s Woods in Philadelphia.

Bill Murphy had Sandhill Crane passing the Militia Hill Hawkwatch on October 11.

Ron French’s Bucks County property this fall produced 5 Connecticut Warblers, 3 Mourning Warblers, and Philadelphia Vireo.

At McNamera WMA near Corbin City, NJ, Nicholas Haas saw a Black Rail.

Colin Campbell reported a Pacific Golden Plover just outside Bombay Hook NWR, a possible first record for the State of Delaware.

Paul Guris reported a Long-billed Curlew is being seen at Stone Harbor Point, especially at high tides.

Ornithological Studies

Rick Mellon discussed the ID problems presented by a Junco in his backyard last winter. The bird had white wingbars and was either a White-winged Junco (subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco) or a Dark-eyed Junco having characteristics of that subspecies. His talk showed why all birds cannot be confidently identified.

Featured Program

Our VP Adrian Binns outdid himself with a fascinating program on the origins of bird names. Before finishing, Adrian properly pointed out that most American bird names originated in Philadelphia!

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher K. Walters


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