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October 6, 2005

Rick Mellon led a bloodless coup, took over for the absent Adrian Binns, wielded the awesome power of the DVOC presidency, and called the meeting to order at 7:45. His minions permeated all levels of the DVOC government, with only the Secretary being spared. The search for the bodies continues.

41 members and 4 guests attended. The minutes for September 22 were approved as read.

Committee Reports
Membership: Debrah Danila, usurping power from the absent Connie Goldman, reported that Win Schaeffer and Scott McGonigle were our newest members.

Larus: Jeff Holt, in a unilateral power grab from the absent Naomi Murphy, announced that the latest copy of Larus On-Line is now available on DVOC's web site.

Cassinia: No report, as nobody wanted Art McMorris's position.

E-mail List: No report, as Frank Windfelder was waiting in stealth for his chance at bigger and better things.

Web Site: No report, as nobody could understand what the hell the absent Bert Filemyr does to make our web site function.

Field Trips: Frank Windfelder, grabbing the reins from the absent Martin Selzer, gave details of the upcoming October 15 field trip to Tuckerton.

Programs: In a stunning move, Frank Windfelder further consolidated his power by taking this position from the absent Chris Walters. He used this power for good, however, and announced the following upcoming programs:
• 10/20: George Armistead will present "Birding Southern Argentina: the Pampas, Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego".
• 11/03: Same Fried will present "Eastern Australia Birding".
• 11/17: The annual annual banquet with Michael Male and Judy Feith.
• 12/01: Scott Barnes will present "Birding Sandy Hook"
• 12/15: Member slide night.

Announcements
• Linda Rowan: Passed out info for Silver Lake Nature Center's "All Things Birds". She mentioned that Jane Kirkland, author of the "Take a Walk" series of kids books, will be there.
• Anita Guris: There is a pelagic trip out of Lewes, DE on Oct. 22.

Local Notes
• Tom Reeves: The Rosetree Hawkwatch had a record to date of 154 Bald Eagles.
• Doris McGovern: Tinicum held 4 American Golden-Plover and a Stilt Sandpiper as of today.
• Frank Windfelder: A female Hooded Warbler was at his house in northeast Philadelphia.
• Andy Erkhart: A Connecticut Warbler was present Mon, Tue, and Thu in Kennet Square.
• Ron French: Had 5 species of sparrow, 8 species of warbler, Hermit Thrush, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo, but no Lincoln's Sparrow, at his home in Chalfont.
• Rob Hynson: Found a Chimney Swift roost near the Academy of Natural Sciences with about 500 birds. Birds at City Hall included Wood Thrush, Sapsucker, and Lincoln's Sparrow.
• Frank Windfelder: Gave an update on the Palmyra Cove Nature Park big year. The total list now stands at 202. He also reported that good numbers of shorebirds were atTinicum.
• Nikolas Haass: Reported seeing an adult Bald Eagle from his plane at PHL.
• Paulg Guris: Reported 2 Lincoln's Sparrows at Green Lane and a Saw-whet nearby seen in perched the headlights.

Ornithological Studies
Colin Campbell presented "A Birder's Quiz", and tested the DVOC's stunning magnitude of birding knowledge, as well as our ability to stay awake with the lights off..

Program
David Brinker presented "Saw-whet Owls", a full description of the Project Owlnet project including methods, history, results, etc. The program was excellent but then again, how can possibly give a bad program when Saw-whets are involved?


The meeting adjourned at 10:05.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul A. Guris, Secretary