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Delaware Valley Ornithological Club http://dvoc.org DVOC est. 1890 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:25:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Minutes – June 6, 2019 http://dvoc.org/blog/minutes-june-6-2019/ Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:25:05 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8964 Read More]]> Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:34pm

Call To Order:

President: George Armistead
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton

Attendees:

Members present: 35; guests: Sara Busch, Will Bassett, Joel Wolfram, Georgia Spangenberg, Felipe & Silvia Garcia (Tori Sindlinger’s Grandparents), Jessica Im, Dan Conway

Reports from Council: 

none

Committee Reports:

Membership:

Bonnie Witmer

New members: Edwin Coyle, Vernon La Via, Bull Gervasi

Applicants: none

Field Trips:

Linda Widdop

Discovery Center Bird Walks

June 8 and June 22, 2019@8am

Fairmount Park, East Reservoir

3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

Leaders: June 8 – Keith Russell; June 22 – George Armistead

–>Please contact Linda Widdop if you want to lead a trip outside Philadelphia: Linda@techimpact.org

–>Please contact Tony Croasdale if you want to lead a walk inside Philadelphia (for DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative): Tony.croasdale@gmail.com

Details for all walks/trips can be found at:
http://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/ and http://birdphilly.org/events.html

Up-coming Program:  

Linda Widdop

This is the last Program until September 19, 2019. 

Picnic:

August 3, 2019@1pm – at the Guris’ House in Green Lane, PA. This is a pot-luck, but the Guris’ will provide:  beer, iced tea, mixed alcoholic punch, ice, paper products and two grills for your meat or veggies.  Bring a CHAIR!

To sign up, and for more information, go to:  http://dvoc.org/blog/2019-dvoc-annual-picnic/ 

Announcements:

Bonnie Witmer: The Audubon Climate Watch Bird Survey will take place at 12 sites on June 12, 2019, with a focus on White-breasted Nuthatch and Eastern Bluebird. Contact Bonnie for more information.

Local Notes:

Rob Fergus: Five White Pelicans were spotted in flight by Sheryl Johnson the evening of June 4th, and then Rob and others found them behind the airport along the Delaware. Keith Russell reported Kentucky Warblers at Houston Meadow and along Forbidden Drive. There were four big flights of smaller shorebirds at Bucktoe in Chester County, including turnstones and knots. Also, a Nelson’s Sparrow was found at Pine Run Reservoir/Dam in Bucks County.

George Armistead: Breeders at Andorra Nature Center (in the vicinity of the Wissahickon Environmental Center–aka The Tree House) used to include Kentucky, Hooded, Blue-winged and Cerulean Warbler, but they are now gone. Perhaps that is related to the deer eating the understory, or perhaps that was always a “fringe” territory that is not used now due to the shrinking populations of those species. Also, at the Maryland Ornithological Society Convention last weekend, Jeff Gordon led a group at Eastern Neck NWR and found a Black Rail calling in mid-day! George then found it there still calling (kee kee kerr!), and he also saw a Mississippi Kite. He noted that very few Black Rails are still left in our general area.

Linda Widdop: The Delaware Bayshore Surveillance Project (near The Villas at Ohio Street (??) in Cape May County) had a high count of 100 Red Knots, 600 Sanderlings, and 600 Semipalmated Sandpipers. Sixty-seven photos of individual banded birds were taken!

Marty Dellwo: There is a new trail at Pennypack on the Delaware, and he found “a lot of Orchard Orioles there.”

George Armistead: This is a good time of year to find unusual birds that are wandering around, as Dan Lane noted during his visit recently. Thus, on June 13, 2013, Alexander Zorach found maybe the craziest vagrant–a Tropical Kingbird along the Crescent Trail (near the Grays Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia). So, keep your eyes peeled!

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Evening Program:

Birds among the Modern & Ancient Maya

Speaker: Rob Fergus

Rob gave a very rich talk on an unusual subject based in ethno-ornithological research that he and a colleague have been engaged in for fifteen years among the Maya of the Yucatan and Guatemala. He introduced us to the Mayan languages (more than thirty) and to relevant aspects of Mayan culture as he detailed his many interactions with modern Maya regarding their knowledge of local avifauna. He also linked some of his findings to past images and descriptions of birds among the ancient Maya, using illustrative slides. Rob’s passion and humor were evident and he enthralled the audience, who responded with many questions and much discussion after his talk.

(Note birds depicted as god-like figures….)
The field work has involved many trips to parts of the study area over 15 years.
Rob interviewing villagers about their knowledge of birds (note open field guide)

Meeting adjourned at 9:23pm

After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:

After the formal meeting, a dozen members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat for the final gathering before the Picnic in August and the next formal meeting in September…

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Minutes – May 16, 2019 http://dvoc.org/blog/minutes-may-16-2019/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:12:22 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8928 Read More]]> Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:35pm

Call To Order:

President: George Armistead
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton

Attendees:

Members present: 51; guests: 7 – A. Susan Harrison, Luc & Therese Jacobs, Jeanne Fritz, Clyde & Donna Younkin, Liz Billings

Reports from Council: 

none

Committee Reports:

Membership:

Phil Witmer (for Bonnie Witmer)

New members: Carol Beam, Eva Preston, Liz Pettit

Applicants: Vernon LaVia, Bull Gervasi

Field Trips:

Linda Widdop

Discovery Center Bird Walks

May 19, June 8, and June 22, 2019@8am

Fairmount Park, East Reservoir

3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

Leaders: May 19 – TBA; June 8 – Keith Russell; June 22 – TBA

Upper Roxborough Reservoir Walk

May 19, 2019@8am

Leader: Anne Bekker & Co-Leader

Meet at Port Royal Ave and Lare Street entrance

June 4, 2019@7am-11am

Lakehurst Naval Air Center: TRIP IS FULL ALREADY

2494 S. Hope Chapel Road (also called Rte. 547)

Manchester Twp., NJ 08759

Leader: Bob Horton

–>Please contact Linda Widdop if you want to lead a trip outside Philadelphia: Linda@techimpact.org

–>Please contact Tony Croasdale if you want to lead a walk inside Philadelphia (for DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative): Tony.croasdale@gmail.com

Details for all walks/trips can be found at:
http://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/ and http://birdphilly.org/events.html

Up-coming Program:  

Linda Widdop

Birds in Mayan Civilization

June 6, 2019@7:30pm 

Speaker: Rob Fergus 

Picnic:

August 3, 2019 at 1pm – at the Guris’ House in Green Lane, PA

Conservation:

Anne Sarah Bekker

Please go to Riverfrontnorth.org to complete your survey for recommendations regarding the redevelopment of that area of Philadelphia!

Announcements:

George Armistead: congratulations are due to Frank Windfelder, who saw his 300th Philadelphia species on his birthday, May 12, 2019! (–Applause–)

Frank Windfelder eagerly commenting on his 300th species for Philadelphia.

Local Notes:

Linda Widdop: saw a mature Bald Eagle on Stenton Avenue in Philadelphia, being chased by crows.

Win Shafer: twelve Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were reported in Reading, PA. And a Yellow-breasted Chat was at Rushton Farm in Willistown, Chester County. Finally, in Belleplaine, NJ, 44 singing Worm-eating Warblers were found after the rain today!

Tory Sindlinger: led the carbon-free DVOC youth team, called “Sudden Stops & Terns,” which peregrinated around Cape Island and came in 3rd in that category with 111 species! That included some Red Knots seen in flight. (–Applause–)

Phil Witmer: noted that the BirdPhilly World Series of Birding Team truncated their planned route so that Matt Halley, who had sustained an injury, could continue to be part of the team! And then the team found a Swallow-tailed Kite!!

Debbie Beer: had Hooded Warbler, Black-throated Blue, Magnolia, Ovenbird, and several other warbler species in Springfield, Delaware County.

Dan Efroymson: Holger Pflicke recorded a Mourning Warbler at FDR Park. And in Houston Meadow in Roxborough, there was an Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Gregg Gorton: found a Spotted Sandpiper in Shortridge Park, Wynnewood, PA, for the first time since he began birding there in 1993, for species #151 at that site. The habitat along the creek has changed somewhat due to stream restoration, so that may explain the presence of the new species there.

Linda Rowan: a pair of Red-tailed Hawks are nesting on a power line tower visible from her backyard.

Katrina Rakowski: thirty-eight species of birds were found near Independence Hall one day this week! And, we should acknowledge all the DVOCers who participated in the WSB: Tony Croasdale, Matt Halley, Linda Widdop, Alan Crawford, and Tory Sindlinger (plus Katrina herself).

George Armistead: was shocked by the number of migrants in the Independence Hall area! They were found in the blocks extending from the Commodore Barry statue, which is two blocks south of Independence Hall, over toward the river. George also reported two new birds for his south Philly yard–Black-throated Blue Warbler (male) and Swamp Sparrow.

Brian Quindlen: had 53 species of birds on the nature trail at Bethel Springs Elementary School in Garnet Valley, Chester County, PA. Those birds included lots of warblers, and a Bobolink and a Veery were also found (bird numbers 128 and 129 for the school!).

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Evening Program:

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons & Vultures of North America

Speakers: Kevin Karlson & Pete Dunne

Kevin & Pete gave a reprise of the talk they gave at the Annual Banquet last year, when only about half of the registered attendees made it to the hall due to the blizzard that afternoon and evening. In the more intimate setting, their talk this time was even more delightful. It was chock-full of world-class photographs that many of the leading raptor photographers had contributed to their 2017 book with the same title as this evening’s talk. Kevin & Pete were good-humored in their own repartee and in that with the enthralled audience. Whether one had attended the talk previously, or not, this presentation was a winner!

At pre-meeting dinner, in BEES classroom, and trying out BirdPhilly T-shirts

Meeting adjourned at 9:18pm

After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:

After the formal meeting, ten members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat.

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2019 DVOC Annual Picnic http://dvoc.org/blog/2019-dvoc-annual-picnic/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 12:37:39 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8921 Read More]]> Saturday, August 3, 2019! 1:00pm until…

Please Join Us for Good Times, Good Food, Good Beer….

The DVOC Birder’s Picnic has been an annual event for many years, some more official than others. Let’s try to make this year the best turn out ever!

Paul & Anita Guris are Hosting again!

Please see attached flyer for more details.

If you are planning to attend, please fill out the form below.

[contact-form-7]

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Survey on Bird Conservation Behavior http://dvoc.org/blog/survey-on-bird-conservation-behavior/ Thu, 23 May 2019 12:32:47 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8913 Read More]]> Dr. Terry Rich is a life-long birder and professional ornithologist and is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Boise State University. His research is focused on how birders contribute to bird conservation and the results will be used to improve public policies for bird conservation.

He is asking DVOC members to complete an online survey so that he can collect important data from our geographic area. Participation is voluntary, no personally identifiable information will be collected, and all responses will be kept confidential. This study is for educational purposes only and involves no foreseeable serious risks. Data will be accessible only to Dr. Rich and his advisory committee and will be used to produce scholarly and popular publications on the topic. If there are any questions that make you uncomfortable or that you would prefer not to answer, just skip over those. You may discontinue the survey at any time. This survey will require 10-12 minutes of your time.

https://boisestate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmwJXVkEWZb8JUN

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Minutes – May 2, 2019 http://dvoc.org/blog/minutes-may-2-2019/ Fri, 10 May 2019 22:51:38 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8871 Read More]]> Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:36pm

Call To Order:

President: Marty Dellwo (for George Armistead)
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton

Attendees:

Members present: 20; guests:

Reports from Council: 

none

Committee Reports:

Membership:

Bonnie Witmer

New member: Eva Marie Shahade (present with her niece, Janey)

New applicant: Carol Haufler; Carol Beam

Field Trips:

Linda Widdop

Discovery Center Bird Walk

May 4, 2019@8am

Leader: TBA

John Heinz NWR Bird Walk

May 4, 2019@7:00 am–12:00pm

Leader: Gregg Gorton

Ridley Creek State Park

May 4, 2019@7:30am-noon

Leaders: Win Shafer & Alan Crawford

Pennypack Park – Verree & Krestown Rd. Area

May 5, 2019@7:30am-10:30am

Leader: Holger Pflicke

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45355757

Wissahickon Warblers

May 8, 2019@7am

Leader: Tony Croasdale

Meet at Domino Lane and Henry Avenue (parking lot east of Henry on Domino)

Carpenter’s Woods

May 11, 2019@7:30-9:30am

Leader: Keith Russell

Meet at Wayne Avenue & Sedgwick St.

FDR Park

May 11, 2019@7:30am-9:30am

Leader: Holger Pflicke

Meet at the Parking Lot east of the Gazebo

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45424981

Fisher Park

May 15, 2019@7:30am-10:00am

Leader: Keith Russell

Meet at 571 W. Spencer St.


–>Please contact Linda Widdop if you want to lead a trip outside Philadelphia: Linda@techimpact.org

–>Please contact Tony Croasdale if you want to lead a walk inside Philadelphia (for DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative): Tony.croasdale@gmail.com

Details for all walks/trips can be found at:
http://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/ and http://birdphilly.org/events.html

Up-coming Program:

Linda Widdop

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles & Falcons of North America

May 16, 2019@8:00pm (after 7:30pm business meeting)

Speakers: Pete Dunne & Kevin Karlson

(Note: this is a reprise of their talk from the Annual Meeting last November, when many members were snowed-in due to the blizzard.)

Announcements:

Linda Widdop: The Delaware Birdathon (of the Delaware [formerly Delmarva] Ornithological Society) will raise funds this year in the ongoing effort to conserve more coastal land, this time in Mispillion Harbor, a shorebird migration stopover area. Dates: May 4-May 12, 2019.

Matt Halley: presented yet another remarkable find, this time a small, leather-bound book by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, an Academy ornithologist during the 1800s, “The Systematic Distribution of Vertebrate Animals.” The book was published in Italy (in Italian & Latin) in 1831, and described a method for organizing the types of vertebrate animals, thus becoming the first published work on comparative systematics.

Matt showed the book around to audience members.

Note (somewhat illegible) dedication from the author at the top.

Matt Halley: announced that he will be presenting/displaying a copy of Graceanna Lewis’ “Tree of Birds” at the American Ornithological Society Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, from June 24-28, 2019. Ms. Lewis was a pioneer in bird phylogenetics–so she is known as the “Mother” of that area of ornithological endeavor. She was a remarkable woman,
a student of John Cassin here at our very own ANSP, whose work was praised by the likes of Thomas Huxley. You can read more about her here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceanna_Lewis

Matt Halley: also announced that the Associate Curator of Birds, Jason Weckstein, has garnered an NSF Grant (>$900,000) to study mites found on members of the Tinamidae family of birds (tinamous). These birds carry more species of bird mites than any other in the world!

Janey Shahade: announced that she has been accepted as a member of the ZooCREW at the Philadelphia Zoo, a much-sought-after volunteer position for a high schooler, which can lay the groundwork for a career having to do with animals and/or conservation of. She was warmly congratulated for this accomplishment.

Bonnie Witmer: Jenkins Arboretum will have its Wild Plant Sale on May 4-5, 2019.

Navin Sasikumar: Philadelphia did very well in the City Nature Challenge, being ranked among the top 25 cities in the world of the 150 that participated. We were 22nd in observations (13,729), 24th in number of species (1,456), and 14th in number of observers (566)! Thanks to everyone who participated. (And then Navin was given a shout-out for his leadership, along will Billy Brown, Tony Croasdale and others.) Navin noted that 30 different partnering organizations got involved in the Philly effort.

Local Notes:

Debbie Beer: noted Great Horned Owl nesting in Delaware County south of the airport near the Jet Stream Parking lot. And, the birds’ nest is among a colony of Great Blue Heron!

Katrina Rakowski: noted that a Cerulean Warbler and two Blue-winged Warblers were found near Independence Historic Park by Leor Veleanu.

Marty Dellwo: saw pair of Kestrel at 22nd and Walnut again, and believes they may be nesting in a crevice near the edge of the roof of a building there.

Dan Efroymson: had Prairie Warbler & Rose-breasted Grosbeak in his yard in Roxborough. He added that Billy Brown reportedly found two Common Gallinule at the SW Water Treatment Plant.

Gregg Gorton: noted that the only Pennsylvania breeding record of Black-necked Stilt was at that same Water Treatment Plant roughly 25-30 years ago.

Jack Creighton: went on the Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Reserve walk in the Pine Barrens last week with Tony Croasdale and saw Prothonotary, Hood and Prairie Warblers, as well as Scarlet Tanager.

Matt Haley: found what may be a new species of firefly for Philadelphia, collected in Eastwick meadow. It is Pyractomena borealis. He also noted that a Louisiana Waterthrush nest was found along Cresheim Creek in Wissahickon Valley Park.

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Evening Program:

Wildlife Telemetry in the Age of the Fitbit & Apple Watch: “Wearables” for Wildlife

Speaker: Andrew McGann

Andrew drew from both his ornithological and technological backgrounds to educate us about the different forms of attachable wildlife-tracking technologies, with his main focus on those using cell towers and satellites. Some of his videos were quite stunning in the way they showed the kinds of visual data they can be produced, including depictions of birds’ flight altitude, flight and stopover behavior, as well as distance traveled and precise route taken. His talk ended with dozens of questions from an obviously fascinated audience.

Meeting adjourned at 9:18pm

After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:

After the formal meeting, some members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat.

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CNC 2019 Results http://dvoc.org/blog/cnc-2019-results/ Wed, 08 May 2019 00:51:08 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8879 Read More]]> After 4 hectic days of making observations for the CNC and one week of IDing all those observations, the results of the City Nature Challenge are officially here! Philadelphia finished 23rd in observations, 24th in species and 16th in observers out of a total of 159 cities! For cities with an area between 5000 and 10000 sq km, we finished 2nd in observations, 3rd in species and 2nd in observers. Among cities participating for the first time this year, Philadelphia finished 7th overall and first in the US. We also had a 20% increase in the number of observations, a 4.7% increase in species (243 new species!), and a 7.75% increase in the number of observers during the CNC. The overall winners this year were Cape Town in both observations and species and San Francisco in observers.

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Minutes – April 18, 2019 http://dvoc.org/blog/minutes-april-18-2019/ Thu, 02 May 2019 17:08:11 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8837 Read More]]> Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:34pm

Call To Order:

President: George Armistead
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton

Attendees:

Members present: 54; 16 guests: Mariel Taggart, Ray Codair, Eileen Ming, Seamus Hood, John Hill, Jessica Thomas, Steve Verde, Michael Rodes, Rachael Small, Susan Lindee, Valerie F., Breanne McGovern, Isaac
Murphy, Sara Busch, Mike Hemcher

Reports from Council: 

none

Committee Reports:

Membership:

Gregg Gorton (for Bonnie Witmer)

New member: Mr. Leor Veleanu

New applicant: Eva Marie Shahade (present with her daughter)

Field Trips:

Linda Widdop

Bartram’s Garden

April 26, 2019@8:00 am–11:00 am

Leaders: Jason Weckstein, Associate Professor BEES/Associate Curator of Ornithology Academy of Natural Sciences and Matthew Halley, Ph.D. Candidate (Drexel U.) will lead a bird/nature walk at Bartram’s GardenJoin them for a few hours in the field to photograph and identify as many species as possible.  While the walk will focus on birds, we will also photograph other wildlife and will upload images to iNaturalist.  The walk will start at the Bartram’s Garden parking lot.

Bird Walk at Independence National Historical Park

April 26, 2019@12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Leaders: Billy Brown, nature writer for Grid Magazine and co-host of the Urban Wildlife Podcast. and DVOC President and birder George Armistead.

This is a lunchtime bird walk in Independence National Historical Park. Eighty-six species of birds have been recorded in the park, and we hope to see some of Center City’s resident birds, as well as migrants, passing through. Meet at the Commodore John Barry statue just south of Independence Hall at noon. This is a City Nature Challenge event.

Discovery Center Bird Walk

April 27, 2019@8am

Leader: Keith Russell

West Laurel Hill Cemetery Bird Walk

April 27, 2019@7:30am

Leader: Gregg Gorton

Meet at Office/Conservatory (not Funeral Home); after you enter the cemetery at 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, drive or walk up eastward up the inclined road and follow signs. We will be using iNaturalist as part of the City Nature Challenge Bioblitz.

John Heinz NWR Bird Walks

April 27, 2019@8:00 am–10:00 am & 10:30am-12:30pm

Leader: Navin Sasikumar

Meet at the Visitor Center. Quick intro to using iNaturalist and then we can spread out and observe wildlife. After the first walk, we will take a break and reconvene at the Visitor Center for the second walk.

Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve

April 28, 2019@7am-10am

449 Sooy Place Rd., Vincentown, NJ 08088

Trip Leader: Tony CroasdaleG

Weekday Spring Migrants at Glen Foerd on the Delaware

May 02, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Trip Leader: Linda Widdop

Take a stroll around this historic estate situated on the Delaware River. We will look for spring migrants, lingering ducks and gulls, and of course keep our eyes open for resident Bald Eagles. Co-sponsored with Glen Foerd on the Delaware.

–>Please contact Linda Widdop if you want to lead a trip outside Philadelphia: Linda@techimpact.org

–>Please contact Tony Croasdale if you want to lead a walk inside Philadelphia (for DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative): Tony.croasdale@gmail.com

Details for all walks/trips can be found at:
http://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/

Conservation:

Anne Bekker

Two public meetings to discuss the Riverfront North “Master Plan” will be held on Monday, April 29@5:30-7:30pm at the Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Avenue, and on May 1@5:30-7:30pm at the Richmond Library, 2987 Almond Street. This is an opportunity for public input, and the format will be “open house style.” Birders should attend!

Up-coming Program:

Linda Widdop

May 2, 2019@7:30pm-9:00 pm
Cellular Tracking Technologies

Speaker: Andrew McGann

Announcements:

Linda Widdop: The Delaware Birdathon (of the Delaware [formerly Delmarva] Ornithological Society) will raise funds this year in the ongoing effort to conserve more coastal land, this time in Mispillion Harbor, a shorebird migration stopover area. Dates: May 4-May 12, 2019.

George Armistead: Darby Creek Clean-up Day is April 20th, so consider volunteering–at the Heinz Refuge. Tidy up the Tidal! –And, George will be giving a talk on May 1, 2019@6:30pm-8:30pm at the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, 2200 Walnut Street (the Space & Company venue), entitled “Birds: Philly’s Innovators in Ornithology, and Odd Modern-Day Dinosaurs.” You must purchase a ticket in advance: http://www.geographicalsociety.org

Phil Witmer: Would like someone to volunteer to take over his three Kestrel boxes. Contact him if interested.

Tony Croasdale: there will be two DVOC World Series of Birding teams this year! First, Riding Birdy, consisting of Tony, Matt Halley, Katrina Raskowski, and Jeff Gorton. Second, “Sudden Turns & Stops,” a youth team with Victoria (Tory Bird) Sindlinger, leader. Please support these efforts, with funds to go to Bird Philly.

Matt Halley: presented the holotype, newly rediscovered, of Harris’ Hawk, and held up both the specimen and a copy of Audubon’s painting of that species.

Harris’s Hawk holotype rediscovered!

Dan Kobza: The LandHealth Institute is recruiting high school students to serve as Philadelphia Watershed Stewards. See: http:www.landhealthinstitute.org/enroll

Barb Bassett: Gloucester County Nature Club will hold its Bird Quest 2019 on Saturday, May 4 from 7am-12pm throughout Gloucester County. See http://www.gcnatureclub.org/birdquest

Debbie Beer: Noted the recent passing of Bill Thompson III and Pete Bacinski, each in his own way a major figure in birding.

Art McMorris: The Billing Big Year Checklist was updated and is on the DVOC website. As usual, it is a composite of the PA, NJ and DE lists. Remember that everyone is eligible to compete!

Anne Bekker: A lecture entitled “What do birds eat?– Exploring insect biodiversity in birds’ diets,” by Ashley Kennedy, will take place on April 24, 2019@7:00pm in the Stewart Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Local Notes:

Linda Widdop: Still has some Pine Siskins coming to her feeder, but also a Red-breasted Nuthatch. There was a Louisiana Waterthrush singing and some Wood Ducks at the Pennypack Environmental Center.

Rob Bierregaard: Had FOY House Wren at suet. At the Discovery Center, where he led a walk, had three Horned Grebes and two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Anne Bekker: FOY hummingbird was at her feeder.

George Armistead: Lots of Brown Thrashers have been in various places. And a black, male Ruff was seen at the Port Penn impoundment south of Delaware City, Newcastle County, DE.

Gregg Gorton: A large number of Broad-winged Hawks flew through the Delaware Valley on a broad front, noted by many of us after some were sighted over Haverford College by Liam Hart, and he alerted the BirdPhilly WhatsApp Group.

Tony Croasdale: Broadwings were seen over Roxborouth, and Wood Ducks often number around forty at Valley Green in the Wissahickon.

Jane Henderson: noted that people feed the Wood Ducks there.

Lynn Jackson: A Least Bittern was calling at Greer’s Pond.

Dan Kobza: Saw a pair of American Kestrels chasing a Cooper’s Hawk away at 49th St. and Parkside, and wondered about the presence of Kestrels in the city.

Barb Bassett: had a Solitary Sandpiper in Clarksboro, East Greenwich Twp, Gloucester County, on April 14, which is quite early.

Debbie Beer: Surf Scoter at Heinz NWR lasted only a few hours until it flew off. First found by Frank Windfelder.

Marty Dellwo: saw pair of Kestrels at 22nd and Walnut again today.

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Evening Program:

Birding with BQ in Arizona
Speaker: Brian “BQ” Quindlen

Brian provided a wonderfully rollicking tour of Southeastern Arizona, where he had gone last July with four friends in search of that area’s specialities. His delightful talk was illustrated with his own photos and a few videos. He was very warmly received by a large audience.

Ever-ebullient BQ in action!
BQ and Birding Buddies
Full house for BQ’s talk

Meeting adjourned at 9:02pm

After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:

After the formal meeting, some members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat.

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Minutes – April 4, 2019 http://dvoc.org/blog/minutes-april-4-2019/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:23:38 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8791 Read More]]> Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:36pm

Call To Order:

President: George Armistead
VP: Linda Widdop; Secretary: Gregg Gorton

Attendees:

Members present: 33; no guests

Reports from Council: 

none

Committee Reports:

Membership:

Bonnie Witmer

New applicant: Mr. Leor Veleanu

New Members: Liam Hart and Carol Weisl

Field Trips:

Linda Widdop

Cape May Area Birdwalk
Meet at Concrete Ship (USS Atlantus – western terminus of Sunset Blvd.)
April 06, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
500 Sunset Blvd, Cape May, New Jersey, 08204
Trip Leaders: George Armistead, Martin Selzer

This is a joint DVOC/Wyncote Audubon field trip
Bring food, or we can make a quick stop at Wawa.
Plan: Birding in the main spots at Cape May and perhaps up the Bayshore, looking for returning Piping Plovers, migrating Bonaparte’s Gull and (fingers crossed!) hopefully for a Little Gull, or Sandhill Cranes somewhere along the way. Good time of year for migrating loons and grebes too. We will adapt our day to where the area’s birds are.
Note: Monitor BirdPhilly Chatter group on WhatsApp and DVOC Facebook page for updates prior to trip, and for live updates during the day of April 6th.

TreePhilly Meets BirdPhilly!

Cobbs Creek Environmental Center

April 7, 2019@10am-noon

700 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

Leaders: Tony Croasdale and Navin Sasikumar

Birds and native plant gardening: birding and a workshop; and, if you want a tree for your Philadelphia yard, you can request one!

Discovery Center Bird Walk

April 13, 2019@8am

Leader: Rob Bierregaard

Discovery Center Bird Walk

April 27, 2019@8am

Leader: Tony Croasdale

Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve

April 28, 2019@7am-10am

449 Sooy Place Rd., Vincentown, NJ 08088

Trip Leader: Tony Croasdale

–>Please contact Linda Widdop if you want to lead a trip outside Philadelphia: Linda@techimpact.org

–>Please contact Tony Croasdale if you want to lead a walk inside Philadelphia (for DVOC’s BirdPhilly initiative): Tony.croasdale@gmail.com

Details for all walks/trips can be found at:
http://dvoc.org/activities/field-trips/

Conservation:

Anne Bekker

Backpacks for Birders have been distributed to libraries in the Logan, Richmond and South Philly areas, and Anne met with Joanne, one of the librarians, for the first time. Also, On April 23, 2019, there will be a walk-through with folks from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Wissahickon and of Carpenter’s Woods at Carpenter’s Woods to assess trail conditions.

Cassinia:

Matt Halley

The current issue is full and is in process, and hopefully copies will be handed out at the 2020 Members’ Meeting in January. Contact Matt if you have an idea for something to contribute to the next issue.

Communications:

Navin Sasikumar

Take a look at the website for information, as usual.

Up-coming Program:

April 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Birding With BQ in Arizona

Speaker:
Brian Quindlen

Announcements:

Linda Widdop: Let me know if you are interested in hosting a Summer Picnic, or wish to contribute ideas about or assistance with such an event.

George Armistead: The Delaware Birdathon (of the Delaware [formerly Delmarva] Ornithological Society) will raise funds this year in the ongoing effort to conserve more coastal land. In the history of this effort, about $400,000 has been raised, and more than 1200 acres have been protected. This year–and IF the amount raised is at least $100,000–a matching donation of that amount will be made! Dates: May 4-May 12, 2019. And,
George also announced that he will be giving a talk on May 1, 2019@6:30pm-8:30pm at the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, 2200 Walnut Street (the Space & Company venue), entitled “Birds: Philly’s Innovators in Ornithology, and Odd Modern-Day Dinosaurs.” You must purchase a ticket in advance: http://www.geographicalsociety.org

Gregg Gorton: See this week’s Digest for a notice alerting DVOC members to a speaking opportunity (monthly schedule) at Wild Birds Unlimited in Havertown, PA. You may contact staff there and offer to speak on any relevant topic, including bird gardening, bird art, bird feeding, a birding trip you took, and so forth. DVOC will not be involved in this beyond posting the notice.

Phil Witmer: Will be teaching a two-session course for Main Line School on Basic Bird Identification, May 3 & 10, 2019, from 9:30-11:30am, at the Creutzburg Center, Harford Park, in Radnor.

Local Notes:

Linda Widdop: Still has some Pine Siskins coming to her feeder.

Phil Witmer: Noticed White-throated Sparrows still present in his yard, but they are not singing, so he wonders about that.

Rob Bierregaard: Commented on some of the variables that drive singing in songbirds, such as testesterone level.

Jack Creighton: The first migrant hummingbirds have been reported in Pennsylvania.

George Armistead: A Townsend’s Solitaire was reported in Manahawkin, Stafford Twp, Ocean County, NJ.

Rob Bierregaard: Had his first-of-year Eastern Phoebe in his yard, along with Pine and Palm Warblers. Also noticed a pair of Wood Duck on the stretch of creek by his house, so he built and installed a box for them!

Dan Kobza: Saw a pair of American Kestrels chasing a Cooper’s Hawk away at 49th St. and Parkside, and wondered about the presence of Kestrels in the city.

Anne Bekker: Recalled seeing a Kestrel at Andorra Woods in the Wissahickon in 2017.

Rob Bierregaard: Kestrels will nest in nooks and openings in buildings in urban areas, such as New York City.

Marty Dellwo: Heard Kestrels calling at 21st and Walnut.

Matt Halley: During the last breeding census, a Kestrel was found using an abandoned station building in North Philly.

Jason Weckstein: Saw a Kestrel this week from a window at the Academy.

Matt Halley: Ruby-crowned Kinglets have been singing this week.

Anne Bekker: Heard Winter Wrens singing.

Bert Filemyr: Saw and heard Yellow-throated Warblers singing their full songs at the usual bridge site in the Pine Barrens, NJ.

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Evening Program:

New Specimens from Amazonia: Show and Tell
Speaker: Jason Weckstein

The Associate Curator of Birds at the Academy recounted briefly how he and colleagues obtained the many bird specimens that he had laid out in front of the audience. Slides and a good-humored tale helped us visualize some of what is involved in ornithological field expeditions to Brazil. Then, the presentation shifted to comments on specific specimens that Jason picked up and talked about for our appreciation. Questions and discussion ensued, along with up-close looks at the dozens of specimens from dozens of species. Our speaker emphasized the great importance of specimen-collecting as a thoroughly and exclusively scientific endeavor that is conducted thoughtfully and respectfully. Enthusiasm and amazement were evident throughout this special occasion.

Our speaker–Associate Curator of Birds at the Academy (right)–and the Collection Manager at the Academy, Nate Rice, heading out to a research site in Brazil (notice their handiwork on the side of their truck!).
Jason’s enthusiasm and knowledge about the new bird specimens made for a wonderful experience.
Wielding a jacamar specimen….
Rob Bierregaard, who headed a famous research project in Brazil, also added to the rich discussion.

Meeting Adjourned: 9:10pm

After-meeting Gathering at Cherry Street Tavern:

After the formal meeting, some members enjoyed beverages and bird-chat.

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What Do Birds Eat? http://dvoc.org/blog/what-do-birds-eat/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 23:50:35 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8800 Read More]]> THE AMERICAN ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY’S APRIL 2019 MEETING:

What Do Birds Eat?
Exploring Insect Biodiversity in Birds’ Diets

Ashley Kennedy, PhD Candidate, Tallamy Lab
Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
University of Delaware

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 PM

33rd Annual Calvert Award Presentation
Fifth Annual Entomology Supplies Giveaway

The Academy of Natural Sciences
of Drexel University, 1900 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

In the Reading Room of the Ewell Sale Stewart Library, Second Floor
(Enter the Academy through the 19th Street entrance.)

 Meetings are free and open to the public.

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The City Nature Challenge is coming to Philly! http://dvoc.org/blog/the-city-nature-challenge-is-coming-to-philly/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 01:08:14 +0000 http://dvoc.org/?p=8781 Read More]]> The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is coming to the Greater Philadelphia Area for the first time this year! This worldwide bioblitz happening from April 26-29th aims to engage residents in documenting the biodiversity of urban areas around the world and Philadelphia will be competing with 150+ cities around the world including the likes of Pittsburgh, NYC, London, and Hong Kong. The winners will be decided on 3 categories – most species, most observations, and most observers. To participate and help Philadelphia win, take photos or audio recordings of birds, plants or any other wild things you see and upload them to iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/). The observations need to be made from April 26-29th in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware or Bucks counties in PA or Camden, Gloucester or Burlington counties in NJ. You don’t need to identify everything you see, a combination of automatic image recognition and community peer reviewers will help you identify that wildflower or the bee pollinating it that you couldn’t recognize. For more information and a list of events happening during the CNC, visit https://cncphilly.org/.

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