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Minutes of the DVOC for February 6, 2003

Vice President Binns called to order the assembled group of 54 persons, including 14 guests. Minutes of the prior meeting were approved as read.

A Membership Committee meeting will occur February 13 at Anita Guris' house.


Field Trips

Adrian Binns, Paul Guris and Chris Walters reported on the Club's recent field trips to Montauk, Florence, NJ, and the Jersey North shore. Highlights were the Razorbills off Montauk and the gulls at Florence (including, especially, Thayer's Gull).


Programs

Upcoming programs are: Steve Hoffman on February 20 on PA Audubon's Important Bird Areas program, George Armistead on March 6 on the Alaskan Pribilof Islands, Kevin McGowan from Cornell's World Series of Birding team on March 20 on "The Uncommon Crow," and David Brinker on Northern Goshawk on April 13.


Ornithological Studies

Chuck Hetzel reported on the continuing work on coastal Swamp Sparrows. Adrian Binns then delighted us with the comparison points between Green-winged and Common-or Eurasian - Teal.


Announcements

SeeLife Paulagics will run pelagic trips on March 2 from Cape May, March 15 from Lewes, Delaware, and April 26 from Belmar, NJ. See Paul Guris for details or visit www.paulagics.com.

Further west, DVOC is planning an August Trip for Utah and Nevada birds (including the target Himalayan Snowcock). See Adrian Binns for details.

And in early December, Bert Filemyr and Adrian Binns will lead a four-day DVOC trip to the Niagara Falls area. This is the premier time and place for gulls in eastern North America. First come, first served.

Local Notes

Bob Rufe and DOS visited Montauk and saw, among others, an Ovenbird (!), plus Orange-crowned warbler at Sandy Hook, NJ.

Steve Schnur had Orange-crowned Warbler and American Bittern at South Cape May Meadows on February 3.

Bob Mercer had Harlequins and 1000 black Scoters at Barnegat Light, NJ.

On February 2, Matt Sharp had a Red-necked Grebe in Philadelphia, from the Glen Ford Estate, and he had a dozen Iceland Gulls at the Cherry Island Landfill in Delaware on February 1.


Featured Program

Bill Evans from Cornell gave a fascinating program on "Nocturnal Flight Calls of Migratory Birds." Bill's subject is one of birding's current scientific frontiers, and Bill himself is a principal explorer of this frontier. Aided by computers and acoustical tools of modern technology, Bill transfixed us with how night migrants can be identified by species. After literally quizzing us on many night flight calls, he declared DVOC had scored better than any of the other clubs he has addressed! His fun program led to many audience questions. Bill's website is www.oldbird.org.


Respectfully submitted,


Christopher K. Walters
Secretary

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