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June 7, 2007
President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 18 members and 4 guests. Connie Goldman agreed to act as Secretary.
Membership Committee: Chairwoman Connie Goldman announced new member applicant Linda Bowler of Bryn Mawr.
Conservation Committee: Chairperson Debbie Beer announced that the Bald Eagle is to be removed from its current endangered/threatened status. The bird will continue to have protection under the Bald Eagle protection legislation which predated its listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Debbie mentioned that Pennsylvania has rescinded its plan for a food distribution center at the site of this year’s Bald Eagle nest. “Portwatch” is a newsletter that can inform the public of ongoing plans for the area.
Also, this year’s Federal Duck Stamp will be available on June 22nd.
Tom Reeves announced that the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum plans expansion of its wetlands using an $860,000 settlement from Sun Oil Company as a result of the 2001 oil spill there.
Paul Guris will be running pelagic trips in August from Delaware and in September from New York. He is also planning a combined tuna-fishing and birding trip. Go to www.paulagics.com.
Nicholas Haass announced formally his farewell to DVOC members, as he is soon to depart for Australia.
Scott Fraser, who lives in Collegeville, PA, had a Canada Warbler singing in his yard from May 16th through the 28th.
Erica Brendel, who lives near Carpenter’s Woods in Philadelphia, had a singing Gray-cheeked Thrush from May 21st to the 25th.
On June 5th near Norristown, Montgomery County, PA, Steve Kacir saw a Spotted Sandpiper and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Doris McGovern commented that there are historical records of Night-Herons nesting in unusual places. Paul Guris and Tony Croasdale mentioned other unusual nesting locations, including, Rockaway, NY and Reading, PA.
Chris Walters has seen Peregrine Falcons from his center city office. Art McMorris recounted the history of Peregines in center city. This year’s female was injured on May 12th, but another female has already been seen in the area.
Marty Dellwo saw two male Brown-headed Cowbirds “tussling” on the ground. He also reported a Red-eyed Vireo in Rittenhouse Square.
In May, Bert Filemyr taped an Eastern Screech-Owl in his yard in Meadowbrook, PA, which prompted him to put up a box on his property. This year, Alice Sevareid had both phases of Screech-Owl roosting in a box on her property. A week ago, Scott Fraser heard one giving an unusual call in his yard.
Chris Walters expressed concern about the status on Common Nighthawks. Paul Guris suggested predation by American Crows on rooftops. Art McMorris reported a dead nighthawk in a peregrine box.
At Brigantine recently, Tony Croasdale reported a hybrid Gadwall, the other parents possibly being Mallard or Northern Shoveler. Nicholas Haass noted that a hybrid may show signs of a third species due to recessive genes being carried through. Paul Guris noted “base traits” being expressed in hybrids.
Doris McGovern mentioned a sighting by Frank Windfelder of a singing Dickcissel in Northeast Philadelphia on June 1st.
Nicholas Haass reported on a trip he recently took to the Sonora region of Mexico, where he had several species of trogons and warblers not seen in southern Texas.
This spring, guest Dave Madden had life sightings of
Cape May Warbler and Red-headed Woodpecker in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Program: The Big Day/May run reports were discussed. Paul Guris provided a written summary.
Many thanks to Connie Goldman for keeping such accurate minutes.
Frank Windfelder, Secretary