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September 21, 2006

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

Committee Reports:

Membership: Connie Goldman welcomed the new members who have been admitted over the summer. She also mentioned that there will be two special member evenings:
1) Before the October 5th meeting, 10 new members will have an opportunity to tour the Academy’s bird collection with Nate Rice.
2) In December, there will be a youth member tour of the bird collection. Both special evenings are already filled.

Connie also mentioned that members will have a chance to sit at the guest speaker’s table during our Annual Banquet. Simply place your name in the box provided at each meeting. A raffle will be held to select the lucky winners. She also reminded field trip leaders to hand out DVOC information cards and membership applications to their participants.

Field Trips:

Chris Walters reported on the September 9th Tinicum trip, led by Denis Brennan, and highlighted by at least 17 Black Terns.

Participants on Adrain Binns’ Hawk Mountain trip on September 17th were greeted by heavy fog, but a good passerine flight. Once the fog cleared a number of Broad-winged Hawks were seen.

Leader Jane Henderson chose the John Story Jenks Elementary School in Manayunk for her annual Chimney Swift trip. On September 18th, some 800 plus swifts were observed there under very nice weather conditions.

Details of the following trip can be found at www.dvoc.org:

Saturday, September 30th – Tuckerton Marshes, led by Frank Windfelder

Upcoming Programs:

Details of the following upcoming programs are listed at www.dvoc.org:

Thursday, October 5th – Don Jones – “Belize”

Thursday, October 19th - Kevin Karlson - "Shorebirds Made Simpler: A New, Exciting Approach to Birding"

Jeff Holt spoke about the upcoming By-Laws discussion and vote at the October 5th meeting. To view the current By-Laws and proposed changes, click on the appropriate links in the left column of the website. We will need a quorum in order to conduct the vote.

Banquet: Bernice and Joe Koplin announced our annual DVOC Banquet, which will be held on Thursday, November 16th at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Delaware Avenue. Cocktails are at 6:00 PM, and dinner is at 7:00. The cost is $43.50 per person, including tax. We anticipate that speaker Pete Dunne will be able to sign copies of his latest book.

All details are at www.dvoc.org , including a downloadable reservation form. Click on the “Banquet” link in the left column of the main page.


Linda Rowan announced that the Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol, PA is sponsoring "Wild about Birds" on Saturday September 30th. A number of activities are planned. Further details are available on the DVOC website and at http://www.silverlakenaturecenter.org/ .

Paul Guris mentioned that he is running a pelagic trip out of Lewes, Delaware on Saturday, October 21st. Go to www.paulagics.com for details.

Local Notes:

Bill Murphy reported that an immature Red-headed Woodpecker has been at Fort Washington State Park for several days.

Tom Reeves chimed in that 60 Bald Eagles have already gone over the Rose Tree Park Hawk Watch. Yesterday, 1400 Broad-winged Hawks were seen.

Doris McGovern stated that over 3,000 Common Nighthawks were seen at the Haverford College watch site, from August 20th to September 4th.

JoAnn Raine noted that 12 Killdeer and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper were in a field across from Council Rock South High School.

Bob Horton lamented that he MISSED the Curlew Sandpiper that had been on Cape Cod.

Frank Windfelder has had a number of passerines and hawks on and over his property in Northeast Philadelphia. So far this month, Frank has seen 64 species there.

Ornithological Study: Matt Sharp spoke about the topic, “Taxonomy of Sooty and Dusky Grouse”, in which he clarified the reasons for the split.

Main Program: Don Freiday taught us “How to Misidentify Birds Like an Expert”. It turns out that a mop head in a tree is not a convincing Barred Owl, and there is nothing in the World Series of Birding rules that says that a bird must be identified CORRECTLY.

Respectfully submitted, Frank Windfelder, Secretary