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DVOC Minutes for October 2, 2003

A group of 46, including (9) guests, was present for the first meeting of the fall. President Colin Campbell called this assemblage to order.

Minutes from the June 5 meeting were approved as read.


The tragic death last June of Past President Sandra Sherman was announced.

Committee Reports

By-Laws - The members unanimously passed the set of revised By-laws previously published in Larus.

Cassina - Because Sandy Sherman was our Cassina editor, Colin Campbell has agreed to assume the role of editor of the upcoming issue of Cassina (Issue No. 69). Art McMorris will be editor of Issue No. 70 of Cassina.

Field Trips

Reports were given on the field trips - all in the last month - to Jamaica Bay, NY and to Johnson Sod Farm, Palmyra Nature Center, and Cape May County in New Jersey. Lincoln's and Clay-colored Sparrows at Cape May and Sandwich Terns at Stone Harbor were highlights.

Leaders announced upcoming trips to Tuckerton Marshes October 11, to Bake Oven Knob on November 1 or 2, and to the Kittatinny Ridge November 8 for the banding of Saw-whet Owls.

Local Notes

There were many local notes of the fall migration. Bob Rufe had Lark Sparrow near Woodland Beach, Delaware on September 28. Joann Raine reported a Connecticut Warbler at Pennypack Trust on September 29. 655 Broad-winged Hawks passed over the Rose Tree Hawkwatch in Delaware County on October 1. In NE Philadelphia, Frank Windfelder on October 1 had Cape May Warbler while Nicholas Haas had a Connecticut Warbler September 28 at the Bailey Tract in Palmyra.

Alan Brady reported hot birds in Bucks County - an Arctic Tern at Lake Nockamixon and a Black Rail being seen at Pine Run near Peace Valley Park.

Farther afield, our President reported good birds during his 3-day sea adventure off San Diego, California. 12 Red-billed Tropicbirds plus Red-tailed Tropicbird and the 3rd US record of Bulwar's Petrel were seen.

Featured Program

DVOC raconteur Frank Windfelder took the floor and delivered another outrageous program, laced with humor aimed at some of his favorite targets - other birders. In between the barbs, Frank made perfectly clear how easy it is to separate in the field the Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers. While the great Ludlow Griscom said these two species cannot be distinguished in the field, Frank has now taught us otherwise.

Respectfully submitted,

Christopher K. Walters


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