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October 7, 2004

Ron French was pulled in from retirement to preside in Adian Binns’ absence. Ron called the meeting to order at 7:35. 36 members and 8 guests attended.

The minutes of September 23 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Banquet Committee: Bernice Copeland announced the annual upcoming banquet on November 18. It will be at Penn’s Landing Caterers on Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia. The cost is $39.50. Please RSVP by November 9.

Membership Committee: Anita Guris announced new member Robert Krinsky. She also announced that DVOC hand-out cards were available for the taking.

Conservation: No report.

Larus: No report.

Cassinia: No report.

Publications: Bert Filemyr passed around the DVOC membership directory for updates, additions, and corrections for the future version.

Field Trips: Frank Windfelder reported on his Tuckerton trip for Sharp-tailed Sparrows on October 2. Frank mentioned that it was his lowest species count he’s had on this trip. Highlights were 5 Brown Pelicans, Caspian Terns, 1 Nelson’s Sharp-tailed (nelsonii), 1 Nelson’s Sharp-tailed (non-nelsonii), a few Seaside Sparrows, and lots of Salt-marsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Highlights at Brigantine later in the day were a Common Gallinule and an American White Pelican.

Ron French report announced the following upcoming field trips:
- Sat, November 6 for Saw-whet Owl banding with Adrian Binns.
- President’s Day weekend, February 19-21, to New England with Adrian Binns. This trip tends to fill up, so anyone interested should contact Adrian soon.

Programs: Paul Guris announced the following upcoming programs:
- October 21 is the DVOC book auction.
- 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 on albatrosses.

Bert Filemyr showed the complete list of books available at the October 21 book auction as available on the web site.

Archives: No report.


Announcements
Steve Kerr brought photos from the summer, including pictures of North America’s first documented Cape Verde Shearwater.

Paul Guris announced that DVOC gear was available, including hats and WSB Lagerhead Shrike shirts.

Paul Guris announced that the upcoming See Life Paulagics trip out of Lewes, DE on October 23 still has room.


Local Notes
Donna Dinella said that the Saw-whet banding station is now open and 12 birds were banded already.

Ron French had 1 Connecticut Warbler, 4 Lincoln’s Sparrows, and a White-crowned Sparrow at his property in Chalfont, PA.

Nikolas Haas had 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Palm, Magnolia, and Black-throated Green Warbler, Redstart, and Brown Creeper all in West Philadelphia.

Joanne Rain had thousands of Common Grackles at Pennypack Environmental Restoration Trust.

Frank Windfelder reported Black Vulture and Black-capped Chickadee at his home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Paul Guris reported 4 Black-capped Chickadees in Green Lane, PA.

Chuck Hetzel heard Black-capped Chickadees singing in Philadelphia.

Ron French had a Winter Wren today.

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.


Ornithological Studies
Nikolas Haass presented “Weird Color Patterns: Albinism, Leucism, Chlorochroism, Schizocroism, and Vitiligo in Birds”. He gave an excellent explanation of the reasons for loss of pigment. There was also a fascinating series of photos of a Steller’s Jay that started out as a partial albino and molted into a fully white plumaged bird.


Program
Joanne Rain and Frank Windfelder co-presented “Birding in South Texas”, a chronicle of their trip throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It was a great rundown on briding hotspots in south Texas, and discussion of many of the rarities and specialties you can hope to find there.


The meeting adjourned around 9:40.


Respectfully submitted,

Paul A. Guris
Secretary