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February 16, 2006

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order. In attendance were 47 members and 3 guests.

Committee Reports:

Membership: Connie Goldman is working on getting brochures containing information about the club. These are to be distributed by field trip leaders and others to encourage people to come to DVOC.

Conservation: Debbie Beer encouraged people to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, which will be held February 17th-20th. Go to http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc for details.

East Park Reservoir: Jan Gordon filled us in on current progress. The plans for a building on the site are on hold, but a module will probably be set up at Smith Playground, where Keith Russell will hold classes. The Packard Foundation has provided a $25,000.00 challenge grant, whereby it will match gifts to Pennsylvania Audubon by 50%.

Cassinia: Art McMorris is still looking for good photos for the next Cassinia, covering the years 2004-05. Send them either to him or photo editor Steve Kerr. Also, he could use General Notes, such as interesting bird sightings or behavioral notes.

Field Trips:

New England, February 18th - 20th, 2006. – Leader Adrian Binns stated that he still has one spot available.

Delaware (Indian River Inlet & North), Saturday, February 25th – leader, Martin Selzer.

Barnegat Light, Sunday, March 12th, leaders, Chris Walters & Frank Windfelder – the group from the Upper Main Line YMCA will be there.


Thursday, March 2nd – David S. Wilcove – “Can We Really Save America’s Endangered Species?”

Thursday, March 16th – Jeff Gordon – “Identify Yourself: The 50 Most Common Birding Identification Challenges”.

Thursday, April 6th – Paul Lehman – “Migrant & Vagrant Traps of North America”

Thursday, April 20th – Yoav Chudnoff – “Birding in Bulgaria”

Paul Guris announced that he is leading a pelagic trip out of San Diego from April 26th - 30th. Check out http://www.bajawhale.com/birdingtrips.html and contact Paul at paul@paulagics.com if interested. See Life Paulagics also has a number of upcoming east coast pelagics.

Chris Walters mentioned that DVOC Council has decided on some by-laws revisions, which the membership will vote on later in spring.

Adrian Binns spoke about an article out of Great Britain which talked about a dramatic increase in wintering numbers of Pink-footed, Greater White-fronted, and Barnacle Geese there. Perhaps, reports of these species in North America should not be so readily ascribed to escapees. Recently, a Barnacle Goose found in Ontario was originally banded in Scotland.

Local Notes:

On February 11th, Nikolas Haass & company, birding in SW New Jersey, saw 7 Brewer’s Blackbirds near Supawna NWR, 3 Sandhill Cranes at Mannington Marsh, and several Lapland Longspurs at the DeLea Farm on rte. 40.

Scott Fraser reported 8 Canvasbacks in a pond near Morgantown, NJ. Frank Windfelder had 2 drakes at Palmyra Cove Nature Park on February 14th.

Bob Horton recently saw 2 Glaucous Gulls near Bristol, Pa.

Today, Rick Mellon had a first-ever Pine Siskin at his feeder.

Not So Local Notes: Paul Guris’ pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY on February 11th yielded a tremendous surprise. A bird that was well seen and photographed may prove to have been a Western Gull. A total of 1,675 Dovekies wasn’t too shabby.

Ornithological Studies : Adrian Binns gave a presentation entitled, “ID Tips”. The idea was that there are a number of European species that are similar to North American birds could possibly show up as vagrants here. Be on the lookout!

Program: Keith L. Bildstein, PhD gave a presentation entitled, “Raptor Migration in the Neotropics: Patterns and Consequences”. It was wonderful to listen to someone so knowledgeable about his subject. It turns out that raptor migration can be a vehicle for speciation, because vagrant groups sometimes get lost in strange places, and subsequently breed there.

Respectfully submitted, Frank Windfelder, Secretary