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February 19, 2004

Adrian Binns called the meeting to order at 7:51. 39 members and 7 guests attended.

The minutes of February 5 were approved as read, though Frank Windfelder attempted to strike the tale of his lost wallet.

Three guests were introduced. New applications for membership were read for Fran Hovey, Y.Y. Huang, and Jane Huang. Butch Lishman was approved for membership.

Committee Reports

Conservation: Jan Gordon reported that WSB causes were being reviewed, and that she would look into possible Delaware Bayshore projects. Martin Selzer discussed the banding project at Palmyra and 2 different projects at the Pennypack Ecological RestorationTrust. Members will be squeezed for pledges shortly.

Membership Committee: Anita Guris was not present, so there was no report.

Cassinia: Art McMorris held out his tin cup and begged for submissions and articles for the next Cassinia.

Larus: Adrian Binns reminded the members of the March 15 deadline for the next Larus.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer reported on the latest and upcoming field trips.

The February 15 trip to Conowingo Dam had no report, but they did see Bald Eagles as expected.

Upcoming trips include a February 28 trip to Indian River, DE, and the March 13 trip to Barnegat. The March 13 trip will be done in conjunction with a group from the Upper Mainline YMCA. Paul Guris asked for people willing to bring scopes to help encourage these young birders.

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:

March 4: Jeff Gordon will present the “Birdsong Grammies”, a program that has had rave reviews. Our speaker for the evening, Kevin Karlson, said that it was one of the best programs he had ever seen … and interesting comment since the program is audio only.

March 18: Doug Wechsler will present “The Asian Flavor of Alaskan Birds”. Hopefully the word “flavor” is not being used in a food context.

April 1: Clay Sutton will present “Birding Cumberland County, NJ”.

Archives: Lynn Jackson reported that all 2003 minutes were now bound. Bound for what, we have no idea. She also requested help organizing 40 years of Julian Potter’s records, as well as other field notes.

Plates, tapes, and back issues of Cassinia are still available.


Adrian Binns read a request for information on Saw-whet Owls on the Thorofare property from Douglas Freese. He represents an organization trying to preserve the property.

Paul Guris announced that the February 28 Lewes and March 7 Cape May pelagic were filled, and the April 3 Lewes and April 17 Belmar trips were now booking.

Chris Walters repeated the “Birder Beware” announcement at the request of DVOC Council. This warning has been issued due to bad experiences reported to the Council.

Art McMorris has taken on the Peregrine nest monitor position that Dan Brauning had announced at the previous meeting. He has asked for any reports of Peregrines on the Delaware River bridges.

Local Notes

Matt Sharp made a second-hand report of 8,800 Razorbills off Cape Point in North Carolina.

Art McMorris reported that a Hatteras pelagic had 340 Razorbills.

Nicholas Haass had 5 Razorbills and a 1st year “Nelson’s” Gull (Herring x Glaucous hybrid) last week at Manasquan Inlet.

Joanne Raines reported on a trip with Adrian Binns to Ontario, including stops at Amherst Island and Algonquin Provincial Park. They saw an adult male Snowy Owl, many Common Redpolls, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pine Grosbeaks, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, Evening Grosbeak, and flocks of Snow Buntings.

Colin Campbell reported that the north side marina at Indian River Inlet was closed to the public, the south side held Red-necked and Horned Grebes, and Silver Lake held an unusual adult male Black Scoter.

Alan Brady reported that Fritz Valley had 3-4 Rough-legged Hawks, Harriers, and up to 9 Short-eared Owls.

Robin Madison reported having a Red-breasted Nuthatch in Carpenter’s Woods.

Molly Dailey had an immature Bald Eagle at Spring Garden & Delaware Ave in Philadelphia.

Ornithological Studies

A study on identification of waxwings was created by Martin Selzer and put up on the DVOC web site.

Don Jones presented a study on call notes and what to listen for. The presentation of call, sonogram, and photo of the bird all at once made for a very interesting study. With a set of turbocharged, externally powered computer speakers, everybody could hear the calls. People sitting close to the speakers knew what a 120 pound Cardinal would sound like.

Kevin Karlson presented “A Season at the Point – Stone Harbor, That Is”. His slides were, as expected, breathtaking, and the information on the breeding and visiting birds was fascinating.

The meeting adjourned shortly before 10:00.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul A. Guris