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February 2, 2006

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order. In attendance were 42 members and 4 guests.

Committee Reports:

Field Trips:

Martin Selzer reported on The North Shore, NJ, trip, held on Saturday, January 28th – highlights were 2 Eurasian Wigeon, a Northern Goshawk and a female Barrow's Goldeneye.

New England, February 18th - 20th, 2006. – Leader, Adrian Binns - the trip is full.

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

Programs:

Thursday, February 16th – Keith L. Bildstein, PhD, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary - “Raptor Migration in the Neotropics: Patterns and Consequences”

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”.

Archives: Lynn Jackson said there are still copies of some old Cassinias at the front desk, with prices marked for sale.

Announcements:

Treasurer Naomi Murphy echoed the familiar refrain, “dues are due”. She also reminded us of the advantages of a Life Membership, available at only $125.00 per year for 3 years.

Larus Editor Naomi Murphy mentioned that the next issue is due out in April, but the deadline for submission of articles is March 10th.

Paul Guris mentioned that See Life Paulagics is running upcoming pelagic trips out of such places as Cape May & Belmar, NJ, Lewes, De, and Freeport, New York. The April 1st & April 8th trips are being held at an unusual time of year, and could produce some exciting finds.

Jeff Holt mentioned that Dr. Jerome Jackson has published a rebuttal to earlier Cornell work on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. The article appears in a recent edition of “The Auk”. Art McMorris countered that the article is “not unbiased”.

Local Notes:

On February 1st, Bill Murphy saw a Red-necked Grebe at Round Valley Reservoir in New Jersey.

Paul Guris is still getting 30-40 Purple Finches per day at his feeder in Green Lane, Pa.

Doris McGovern announced that a second Northern Saw-whet Owl was found in January at the John Heinz NWR at Tinicum.

Linda Rowan reported Red Knots from Barnegat Light, NJ, seen on the 27th & 28th of January.

It was reported that a group of 9 White-fronted Geese originally seen at Peace Valley Park, Pa. were later seen at Lake Nockamixon.

Not So Local Notes: Bert Filemyr reported that a group under his leadership visited Algonquin Provincial Park and environs during the last weekend in January. Many of the usual northern specialties were there, sans crossbills. A Northern Hawk-Owl was seen west of Syracuse, New York.

Ornithological Studies # 1: Chris Walters gave a presentation titled, “Might Rival Species Share One Nest?” In one case involving a Red-breasted Nuthatch and Mountain Chickadee, the nuthatch was dominant and the chickadee subordinate. It turns out that there are very few documented cases of inter-specific nest sharing.

Ornithological studies #2: Scott Fraser gave a video presentation with an Alfred Hitchcockian title, “TheBirds”. His amazing video showed a swirling and diving flock of European Starlings. When they repeatedly attacked a Red Cedar in search of berries, the tree sagged from the onslaught.

Program: Robert DeCandido, PhD gave an enthusiastic presentation titled, “Asia Birds from West to East and Back Again.” One of his sidelines is monitoring nocturnal migrants from the top of the Empire State Building.

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary