Minutes – April 20, 2017

7:30 PM Academy of Natural Sciences

Meeting called by President Martin Dellwo
Secretary: Linda Widdop
Attendees: 34
Guests: Sally O’Byrne, Jennifer Holmes, Bob Berghaier

Opening Remarks Martin Dellwo

Marty Dellwo calls the meeting to order and welcomes members and guests.
Minutes from last meeting approved by membership

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Committee Reports

Membership: Bonnie Witmer

Bonnie Witmer announces new member applications and welcomes recent new members.
Wissahickon Wood Duck and Warbler Festival needs volunteers to work at the DVOC table on May 13 and 14. Contact Bonnie if you are interested.

Banquet Committee: Lauren Diamond

The 2017 banquet will be held at Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall again this year. Lauren is working with Barbara Granger to begin planning and asks members to join the committee.

Communications: Linda Widdop

Linda Widdop reminds members that they can submit photos to be posted on the DVOC website. Send photos to Navin Sasikumar. Photos should portray a single bird and have a solid background for best use.

Field Trips: Linda Widdop

Manyunk Towpath
April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA
Trip Leader – Tony Croasdale

Hawkins Road
April 30, 2017 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Hawkin Road Pipeline Trail
Trip Leaders – Steve Mattan and Patty Rehn

Details can be found at:

Upcoming Meetings: George Armistead

George Armistead announces that the next meeting will be Birding Trivia Quizzo meeting at Cherry Street Tavern on May 4th at 7:30. Teams will participate in birding trivia in 3 categories:

  1. Club and Member
  2. Birds and Birding in Popular Culture
  3. Birding in the Philadelphia Area

Meeting schedule and details can be found at:



Sally O’Byrne from DOS announces the 2017 Birdathon in Delaware on May 6 – 14. The Birdathon raises funds for conservation projects such as Project Snowstorm, Ashton Tract, Thousand Acre Marsh, shorebird and raptor projects.  Brochures are available.

Details can be found at https://www.dosbirds.org/get-involved/delaware-bird-thon/

Barb Bassett announces the 18th annual Gloucester County BirdQuest is on May 6th. The $15 fee per participant helps to defray the cost of lunch, T-shirts, prizes. Prior to the event, guided walks are available at various Gloucester County birding sites.

Details can be found at http://www.gcnatureclub.org/birdquest.htm

Judy Stepenaskie announces that Wyncote Audubon on May 13 – 14 will also be holding a birdathon.

Mike O’Brien is looking for parts to repair a Purple Martin house.

Local Notes/Sightings

Martin Dellwo reports that the Black-headed Gull was seen at Tinicum last week by Frank Winfelder. Also Marty saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch in his yard in Center City Philadelphia.

Navin Sasikumar reports Baltimore Oriole that spent some time at his home in Philadelphia returned again last week.

George Armistead reports a Least Tern on the Delaware river in Philadelphia this morning which hasn’t been reported since Hurricane Sandy. The Iceland Gull is still present behind Walmart on Delaware Avenue. Purple Finch and Red-breasted Nuthatch at Tinicum.

Bonnie Witmer had a Pileated Woodpecker in the yard in Montgomery County.

Barb Bassett reports Piney Hollow Preserve in Gloucester County NJ has Prothonotary and Yellow-throated warblers.

Anne Bekker – reported Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren and 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes at Wissahickon park in Philadelphia.

Sally O’Byrne had an Epidomax flycatcher in Delaware that could not be identified. 2 Ruffs are present at Port Penn Impoundments in Delaware.

Jeffrey Hall – NW Passage: Nature in the far corner of Pennsylvania

Northwestern Pennsylvania doesn’t have the well-known cities of other parts of the Commonwealth, it lacks the cachet of the Chatauqua and Finger Lakes regions to the north, and for birders, it is overshadowed by Magee Marsh and the Ohio lakeshore to the west.

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Martin Dellwo Adjourns the meeting at 8:55 PM. About a dozen members gathered at Cherry Street Tavern to continue the discussion.

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