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November 15, 2007

Rick Mellon, subbing for Chris Walters, called the meeting to order at 7:50 PM. In attendance were 32 members and 4 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairwoman Connie Goldman announced that Susan Killeen has been accepted as a member. After reminding us that we had one last chance to place our names in the Banquet Raffle Box, she selected the winners. Dennis and Anna Bert have won the opportunity to sit with our Banquet Speaker, Don Kroodsma

Field Trips: Rob Hynson ran this part of the meeting.

Frank Windfelder reported that the November 3rd Bake Oven Knob trip was a success. Two Golden Eagles and four Northern Goshawks were seen.

Bob Horton reported that the Saturday, November 10th trip to Hidden Valley, PA resulted in the capture of 8 Northern Saw-whet Owls.

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

Sunday, November 25th, Brigantine Division of Forsythe NWR, for young birders, led by Sandra Keller

Friday, January 4th, Hudson Shelf Valley CBC Pelagic, led by Paul Guris, $95.00 covers everything

Saturday, January 12th, Philadelphia Mid-Winter Bird Census, compiled by Keith Russell

Saturday-Monday, January 19th-21st, Long Island including Montauk, led by Chris Walters & Erica Brendel

Saturday-Monday, February 16th-18th, Algonquin & Amherst, Ontario, led by Adrian Binns

Thursday-Sunday, May 29th-June 1st, North Carolina Pelagic and Landbirds, Manteo, NC, led by Adrian Binns

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following upcoming presentation:

December 20th – Adrian Binns, “Confusing Orioles of the Southwest”

Upcoming Programs:

Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:

Wednesday, December 5th – Annual Banquet, Don Kroodsma, “The Singing Life of Birds”

Thursday, December 20th - Mike Freiberg of Nikon Sports Optics, “Manakin Research in Brazil”
Thursday, January 3rd, Annual Meeting - Election of Officers and new Council Members and Fellows, Treasurer’s Report, Endowment Trustees Report, Christmas Count Reports, Refreshments

Bert Filemyr told us that it is time to update your contact information for the 2008 Membership Directory. A list was circulated at the meeting for members to submit changes. Changes can also be e-mailed to Naomi Murphy at ndmurphy @hotmail.com .

Annual DVOC Banquet - Wednesday December 5th. Please join us for the upcoming DVOC banquet. Our speaker, Dr. Don Kroodsma, is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Massachusetts. He is the foremost expert on the science of bird song.

Complete information is available at http://www.dvoc.org/Banquet/Banquet2007.htm . The cost is $41.00 per person. The menu consists of Barbequed Beef, Roasted half Chicken or Vegetarian. Reservations must be received by Sunday, December 2nd.

Local Notes:

Edie Parnum recently saw 4 Evening Grosbeaks in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

On November 13th, Tony Croasdale saw a Pine Siskin in a flock of American Goldfinches at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. Today, Leigh Ashbrook saw 11 Pine Siskins at the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center in Philadelphia.

Marty Dellwo reported 3 Brant near Marsh Creek in Chester County, PA.

Rick Mellon recently saw a flock of American Pipits in the Yardley/Newtown area of Bucks County, PA.

Erica Brendel brought in a couple of “skeletons”, probably European Starlings. Apparently, large numbers of the birds were entombed in a column on the porch of a neighbor.

Ornithological Studies: Edie Parnum brought guest Laurene Nevels, whose feeder operation earned the title, “Hummingbird Hotspot in Central Pennsylvania”.

Program: Main speaker Dr. Bob Curry gave a most enlightening talk on "Hybridization of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees".

Respectfully submitted, Frank Windfelder, Secretary