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October 21, 2004

Adrian Binns, or at least an incredibly lifelike simulation, called the meeting to order at 7:35. 33 members and 1 guest attended.

The minutes of October 7 were approved as read, mostly because the Secretary tries to read them so fast that nobody has the chance to make any changes.

Committee Reports
Membership Committee: Anita Guris announced new candidate for membership Curt Schwartz. She also announced that there were still a few WSB polo shirts available for $30 each. DVOC's plans of world domination are on schedule.

Conservation: No report.

Larus: No report.

Cassinia: Art McMorris called for any additional articles to be done by November. His goal is to get the publishing schedule for Cassinia back on track. He also solicited ideas for any future articles, preferably about birds and not articles rejected by Playboy.

Publications: No report.

Field Trips: Martin Selzer announced the following upcoming field trips:
- Sat, November 6 for Saw-whet Owl banding with Adrian Binns.
- Sun, November 7 at Bake Oven Knob
- Fri, December 31 pelagic Christmas Bird Count with Paul Guris

Programs: Chris Walters announced the following upcoming programs:
- November 4, Dina Fonesca of the Smithsonian will present "How Mosquitos and Birds Intersect: The Hawaiian Honeycreeper Example".
- November 18 is the annual banquet, with speaker Carl Safina and his program "The Eye of the Albatross".
- December 2, Michael Male and Judy Feith will present “Time with Birds: Filming Birds Over 15 Years”. Michael and Judy filmed the Watching Warblers and Watching Sparrows videos.

Archives: No report.

Frank Windfelder announced a Philadelphia Inquirer article about land squatters taking over and razing huge sections of pristine rain forest in Brazil. 16% of Brazil's rain forests are now gone.

Chuck Hetzel said that the Schuylkill Center needs help with their Kentucky Warbler habitat restoration project.

Local Notes
Nikolas Haas had Cape May Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Black-capped Chickadee all near his West Philadelphia apartment.

Frank Windfelder reported a Golden Eagle on 10/8 and a Red-shouldered Hawk on 10/13 from his home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Don Jones reported that Bake Oven Knob has already had 9 Golden Eagles this year.

Bruce Lantz reported that the Cape Henlopen hawkwatch had counted nearly 2700 Ospreys this year already.

Joanne Rain reported Cape May Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Chat, Dickcissel, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Vesper Sparrow all in 2 small preserves near Basking Ridge.

Jan Gordon reported a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Center City Philadelphia.

Steve Kerr was in Cape May on Sunday and Monday, and saw Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Sabine’s Gull, and multiple Parasitic Jaegers. In Lansdale, PA he had a Pileated Woodpecker, and in Montgomeryville he had a juv. Goshawk.

Paul Guris had two Pileateds drumming at his house in Green Lane.

Kate Somerville reported Hermit Thrush, 3 Catbirds, and a dozen White-throated Sparrows at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Rick Mellon counted 80 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in one field and 20 in another near Newtown. This is a known area for this species.

Adrian Binns had a high count of 230 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at the ball field at Richboro Elementary School.

Ornithological Studies
Adrian Binns presented a timely comparison of Laughing and Franklin's Gulls, as there have been several recent sightings of Franklin's in the area. He did miss the opportunity to educate people that McDonald's can be considered habitat for both species, and french fries a food source.

Bob Mercer started the book auction at 8:15. There was a plethora of common, rare, pristine, haggard, new, old, crisp, shaggy, technical, simple, colorful, bland, highly useful, and George Bush-like books available. We browsed the silent bid selections, and at 8:50 started the real bidding.

The meeting adjourned around 10:25.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary