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Minutes of the DVOC Meeting of May 17th, 2001

The meeting was called to order by Sandy Sherman, (substituting for Ron French).
32 members and 5 guests were present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Paul Driver and Marjorie Keefe's nominations for membership were approved.

Committee Reports:

Jan Gordon said that the pledges for the World Series of Birding totaled $1041.40 to date. The money going towards the Academy's Ornithological Dept for Cabinets and 2 small habitat restorations.

Field Trips:
Colin Campbell's Pocomoke Swamp weekend, May 4-6 produced everything but the headliner: Black Rail
Frank Windfelder's Pennypack Creek Park trip May 12, produced 17 species of warbler and Least Flycatcher.
Andy Ednie's May 13 White Clay Creek trip, had 74 species, including 15 species of warbler, the highlight being a Mourning Warbler.
Don Jones's Hawkins Road trip on May 20 had 9 breeding warbler species but missed Kentucky Warbler.

Adrian Binns announced the following up coming programs -
June 7: Pete Bacinski, "The Butterflies of New Jersey."
Informal meetings the first Thursday in July, August and September
Resuming meetings on Sept 20, with Sam Fried on "Belize"

There were no reports from Archives, Publications, Ornithological Studies, Checklist or Website

Local Notes:
Chris Walters noted that the Peregrines on the Bell Atlantic Tower, had one hatchling, and that big brother was watching on video cam.

Jan Gordon had a Barn Owl on her property.

Bob Mercer noted that on Saturdays NAMC a Red-necked Phalarope and a Bicknell's Thrush were seen at Core Creek in Bucks Co.

Al Bilheimer noted that he and Mike Lyman had a Peregrine on the turnpike bridge and a Long-tailed Duck and Horned Grebe in breeding plumage on the same count.

Mike O'Brien reported that a Wood Duck box was full of eggs at Forsythe NWR. An Egyptian Goose was hanging about.

Rockledge's own Bert Filemyr brought his total of woodpecker species seen on his lone front yard tree to 6, when an unexpected Pileated showed up. He's now working on a Red-head (don't tell his wife), but there's no guarantee that he'll be able to get that in the front yard.

Doris McGovern 3 raptor nests; a Broad-wing in her backyard; Coopers at Tinicum boardwalk, and a Bald Eagle in the Delaware Valley. Last weekend at Island Beach State Park she banded a Summer Tanager, Lincoln's Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows. A Mississippi Kite was also seen on IBSP, and a Loggerhead Shrike was in the Pemberton area.

Fred Crown had a Red-headed Woodpecker in Winslow Township.

Emmerson Bowes has a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher possibly nesting in his yard.

In the Not so local notes department:

JoAnn Raine caught migration at High Island and in Houston, Texas, where see had 16 species of warbler including Canada and Mourning Warbler.

Kartina Knight on an extended stay in Florida, reports on good fallouts and western strays as well as a Bahama Mockingbird.

For the second meeting in a row the program was presented by a member of the Academy's Ornithological department. Leo Joseph presented "How DNA helps us to see what we don't see when we see birds: examples from cuckoos and flycatchers."

Respectfully submitted,

Adrian Binns

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