Minutes – May 16, 2019

Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Time: 7:35pm

Call To Order:

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


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

Reports from Council: 


Committee Reports:


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 


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


Anne Sarah Bekker

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


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!).


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.