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Sept 16, 2010

President Frank Windfelder called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. Thirty-five members and eight guests were present. The minutes of the June 3rd meeting were accepted as submitted.

Committees:

Membership:
Chair Connie Goldman announced the application of James Knot of North Wales. Pa and Pete Noonie of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Connie requested that members send her photos of other club members to be used at the banquet. Send to membership@DVOC.org.

Conservation:
Chair Phil Witmer has tax letters to distribute to those who donated to the World Series of Birding.

Field Trips:

Chair Win Shafer conducted the trip reports and announcements:

Trip Reports:

Sept. 11 Fort Washington State Park, PA Jane Henderson lead the trip with 25 participants. They had a successful day, seeing 11 warbler species, as well as other woodland species. At the hawk watch, they saw a small kettle of Broad-wing Hawks as well as other raptors.

Sept. 12 Stone Harbor and Nummy Island, NJ This trip was led by Sandra Keller. The highlights of the shore birds they saw included Yellow-crowned Night-herons, Piping Plovers and Tri-colored Herons. In addition, they had very good looks at a Bay-breasted Warbler.

Sept. 15 Manyunk Chimney Swift Roost, Philadelphia, PA Jane Henderson also led this trip. The participants saw between 200 and 300 Chimney Swifts circle and enter the Shawmont School chimney.

Trip Announcements:

Sept. 17 Philadelphia Night Migration. Ted Floyd and Art McMorris will lead the group in a 5 am walk to listen for migrating thrushes along Spring Lane.

Sept. 24 – 28 Pelagic Trip to Maine. Vincent Nichnadowicz will lead the trip to join the Maine Audubon on their pelagic trip out of Bar Harbor, ME. After the pelagic, they will travel to the Canadian border in search of the Spruce Grouse.

Oct. 10 Tuckerton Marsh for Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Frank Windfelder will lead this trip in search of Nelson and Saltmarsh Sparrows. The trip will continue later in the morning to the Forsythe WMA.

Nov. 6 Saw-whet Owl Banding at Hidden Valley, PA This trip to Scott Weidensaul’s Saw-whet Owl banding project will be led by Debbie Beer. The number of participants is limited. Please contact Debbie if you are interested.


Programs:

Art McMorris announced the upcoming programs:

On Oct. 7 - Bob Horton will present “Birding by sailboat in the Caribbean”

On Oct. 21 – Louise Zemaitis will present “Birding and Habitat”

On Nov. 4 – Todd Katzner will present “Golden Eagles and Wind Energy: Siting Wind Power for Improved Conservation Management”

Nov. 10 is our Annual Banquet. Scott Weidensaul will present “Messing around with birds (for fun and science)”

Announcements:

Frank Windfelder announced that Dino Fiabane has been appointed as the Chairman of the Ornithological Studies Committee.

Debbie Beer announced the upcoming Cradle of Birding Festival at John Heinz NWR this Saturday, Sept. 18

Frank Windfelder reminded everyone about the upcoming banquet on Nov. 18. The Witmer Stone Award, Julian Potter Award and the Rosalie Edge Conservation Award will be given out. If you have any nominations, please contact the respective committee chairpersons.

Visitor Christina Kobland asked that we visit the east33.org website and sign their petition to preserve grasslands in Whitemarsh Township.

Local Notes:

Win Shafer reported a Chukar at the Episcopal Academy.

Paul Guris had a great day at Cape May last week, including the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. He suggests members visit woodcreeper.com for information on migration.

Debbie Beer reported 2 dozen Pectoral Sandpipers and a Virginia rail at John Heinz NWR, PA

Jeff Gordon reported a Wood Stork was seen at the Cape May Hawk Watch, crossed the Delaware Bay and was seen at the Cape Henelopen Hawk Watch 20 minutes later.

Vincent Nichnadowicz reported a White-rumped Sandpiper and a Yellow-throated Vireo at John Heinz NWR, PA.

Ann Scott reported between 1000 and 1500 Broad-winged Hawks seen in one day at the Militia Hill Hawk Watch, PA

Paul Guris reported 7 Bairds Sandpipers, one White-rumped Sandpiper and a Stilt Sandpiper at Green Lake, PA

Judy Stephanowski reported 1900 Chimney Swifts at the Dodson School and 1200 at the Chestnut Hill Towers in Philadelphia

Colin Campbell reported on a trip to the Everglades in Florida to see a Cuban Peewee.

Bob Horton reported that on Sept. 15, there were over 6000 warblers counted at the dike on Higbee Beach, Cape May, NJ. Also, there were 43 Bald Eagles seen at the Cape May Hawk Watch, close to an all time one day record.

Rob Fergus reported 72 Stilt Sandpipers at Pine Run, PA.

Bonnie Witmer reported 6 to 12 Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Bucks County Audubon, PA

Frank Windfelder reported that the shorebirds at Pennypack on the Delaware, PA have not been very plentiful this fall, which he believes is due to the drought. He ahs had a variety of warblers including 3 Blackburnian, one each of Mourning and Prairie Warblers and one Philadelphia Vireo.

Ornithological Studies:

Ted Floyd reported on his new publication, “Let’s go birding”, published by the American Birding Association.

Main Program:

Adrian Binns presented a program entitled “A Naked Safari: Tales of East Africa.”

Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Horton, Secretary