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November 1, 2007

President Chris Walters called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. In attendance were 52 members and 5 guests.

Membership Committee: Chairwoman Connie Goldman reminded us that we can place our names in the Banquet Raffle Box, in order to possibly win the opportunity to sit with our Banquet Speaker, Don Kroodsma.

Conservation: Chairwoman Debbie Beer reminded us to participate in the upcoming Christmas Counts.

Field Trips:

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

Saturday, November 3rd, Bake Oven Knob, PA for hawks, led by Frank Windfelder and Bert Filemyr.

Saturday, November 10th, Northern Saw-whet Owl banding at Hidden Valley, PA, led by Adrian Binns

Saturday, November 24th, Brigantine Division of Forsythe NWR, for young birders, led by Sandra Keller

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

Upcoming Ornithological Studies:

Chairman Art McMorris announced the following upcoming presentation:

Thursday, November 15th - Edie Parnum, “Hummingbird Hotspot in Central Pennsylvania”

Upcoming Programs:

Program Chairman Paul Guris announced the following presentations:

Thursday, November 15th – Dr. Bob Curry, "Hybridization of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees"

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”


Paul Guris is running three pelagic trips in December, out of Freeport, NY on December 1st, Belmar, NJ on December 2nd, and Lewes, Delaware on December 8th. Go to www.paulagics.com for details. He is also running North Carolina pelagic trips aboard the “Country Girl”. The dates are May 30th through June 2nd, 2008. Field Trip Chairman Adrian Binns is planning to set up a DVOC trip over that weekend, as per the “Field Trips” section above.

Connie Goldman announced that Nate Rice’s newborn son Gavin is stable, after having some rather serious problems at birth. Nate thanks everyone who has wished him and his family well.

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 registration form has been updated to reflect the availability of a vegetarian dinner option. The cost is $41.00 per person. The menu consists of Barbequed Beef, Roasted half Chicken or Vegetarian.

Local Notes:

Paul Guris, acting as a leader on New Jersey Audubon’s recent Cape May Weekend, reported many good birds, including Evening Grosbeak, Dickcissel, and Summer Tanager.

Phil Witmer reported that Scott Weidensaul is banding lots of Northern Saw-whet Owls with at Hidden Valley, PA.

On Thursday, October 25th, during the 4-day northeaster, Tom Bailey saw an adult Pomarine Jaeger at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, NJ.

Beginning on Friday, October 26th, Bert Filemyr had a flock of Pine Siskins at his feeder in Montgomery County, PA.

That same day, at least 150,000 scoters were migrating past the Avalon Sea watch, Cape May County, NJ, according to Paul Guris, and Tony Croasdale reported Vesper and Clay-colored Sparrows from the John Heinz National Wildlife at Tinicum, SW Philadelphia, PA.

On Saturday, October 27th, and again the following day, Al Bilheimer had a Brown Thrasher on his property in Levittown, Bucks County, PA.

On Sunday, October 28th, Al Driscoll and company had a Short-eared Owl at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, NJ.

Ornithological Studies: Bert Filemyr gave a humorous and informative talk on bird names, in particular those with “Apostrophes”.
Program: Kevin Loughlin’s presentation, "Panama's Darien: Still Wild After All These Years", featured many nice photos of the tropical birds of the region

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Windfelder, Secretary