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December 16, 2004

Adrian Binns called the meeting to order at 7:40. 59 members and 9 guests attended. The minutes for December 2 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Membership Committee: Anita Guris welcomed all guests to join. Lucy Siegfreid and Andrew Curtis were announced as new membership applicants.

Conservation: No report.

Larus: Jane Henderson reported that the new issue of Larus was now available on DVOC's web site. People were encouraged to opt to receive Larus only in electronic format to control costs and the work of the mailing.

Cassinia: No report.

Publications: No report.

Field Trips: The following field trip reports were made:
- Adrian Binns reported on the trip to New Mexico. The trip lasted 8 days and was attended by 18 club members. They visited a variety of habitats from desert to reservoirs to 10,000' mountain peaks. Highlights were 60-80 Rosy-Finches, including all 3 species, Eurasian Wigeon, Ferruginous Hawks, all 3 species of Bluebird, Gray Jay, and Clark's Nutcracker. Bosque del Apache yielded 2,000-3,000 Sandhill Cranes, 10's of thousands of Snow Geese, and multiple Ross's Geese. It appears to have been an atypical Adrian overnighter as no stories of destroyed bathrooms seem to have surfaced.

The following upcoming trips were announced:
- Sun, January 9 trip to Dix WMA in Cumberland County, NJ led by Paul Guris
- January 15-17 trip to Montauk with Erica Brendell and Chris Walters
- Sun, January 23 trip to Barnegat with Adrian Binns

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
- January 6 is the club's Annual Meeting. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Paul Guris will once again provide the beverages, a long-term position that is the only reason he was made a DVOC Fellow.
- January 20, our own Adrian Binns will present “Bharatpur: India’s Bird Paradise and Crown Jewel of Asia”.

Archives: No report.

Nominating Committee: Adrian Binns, reading for Colin Campbell, announced the proposed slate of officers for 2005. He sounded just as funny as Colin. No changes or additional candidates were proposed, perhaps because nobody could understand what he was saying. Voting will occur at the January 6 Annual Meeting. Though it appears that they will run unopposed, the annual meeting will be under a close watch to ensure that there is no voter fraud. Experts at running elections from Florida may be called in because of their track record of fairness and balance. "None of the Above" will not be offered as a choice.

• Adrian Binns: Read Jen Johnson's thank you to the club for being chosen as this year's recipient of the Witmer Stone Award.
• Chris Walters: The Philadelphia Mid-Winter Census will occur on January 8. Keith Russell was able to delegate many of the organizational tasks to make this happen.
• Adrian Binns: The Delaware River oil spill was worse than thought. Tri-State Bird Rescue still needs donations of cash, Dawn dishwashing liquid, rags, vanilla flavored Ensure, etc.
• Don Jones: Bill Tucker is organizing a trip to Peru for June 27 to July 23. The first half is the central highway, and the second is northern Peru. The cost is $3,400 plus airfare, and they just 3 people are needed to be able to run it. See Don for more information.
• Rick Mellon: Rick showed off his big boy pants to everybody. They are called Weed Guard pants and are available from Cabella's. Due to the cuffs, they work well at blocking the ticks that carry Lyme Disease, and the fronts are tough enough to allow Rick to walk through any multiflora rose that he's not capable of walking under.
• Adrian Binns: DVOC hats and WSB shirts are still available.

Local Notes
• Paul Driver: A Northern Shrike is at the Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust.
• Paul Guris: Reported on the results of the 12/4 Belmar, NJ and 12/11 Lewes, DE pelagics. Highlights included Razorbills, Puffins, Dovekies, Kittiwakes, and Manx Shearwaters.
• Nikolas Haass: An Ash-throated Flycatcher was in Cape May and the Townsend's Solitaire was still at Cedar Run Dock Road.
• Linda Rowan: Brigantine Island had 3 "Ipswich" Sparrows, Lapland Longspurs, and all 3 species of scoter.
• Art McMorris: Went to see Pennsylvania's first record of Gray Kingbird in Pomeroy. Frank Windfelder noted that it appeared to be a young bird.
• Molly Daly: Many thousands of American Robins were heading to roost in Ridley Creek State Park a few weeks ago. A Hooded Merganser was at a Paoli corporate park pond.
• Alan Brady: Reported seeing a Black-tailed Gull at Tullytown on the grass at Falls Township Municipal Park. The people with him were unable to get on the bird.
• Joe Majden: Pine Siskins were at his New Hope feeder, and Black-capped Chickadee numbers were increasing.

Ornithological Studies
Guest Peter Scholten from the Netherlands showed us video of Dutch winter birding. While his program concentrated on the rarities for that country, we were enamored with even the common species of birds.

Pat Sutton presented "How to Spot an Owl", based upon their wonderful book published a few years ago. Tips on habitat and how to search were presented, along with a portfolio of absolutely wonderful photos.

The meeting adjourned at 9:55.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary