Minutes – October 15, 2020 Delaware Valley Ornithological Club

Academy of Natural Sciences is closed due to COVID-19. Zoom Meeting

7:00 PM Pre-Meeting to assist with any technical issues and have attendees ready for official meeting at 7:30 PM. Instructions for meeting registration and how to use Zoom were announced on website and weekly digest.

Participants were asked to share their local notes in the chat.

Call to Order: President: Linda Widdop

Call to Order: 7:28pm
Linda welcomed all to the meeting. Minutes from last meeting were approved. The meeting timing is 7:30 – 8pm club business, 8-9pm program and questions, followed by a virtual “Cherry Street” at 9pm.

Registrants: 69, including 13 non-members (some had more than one person per device)

Committee Reports:

Membership Committee: Bonnie Witmer

New Members: Judy and Ken Foulke – Household Membership, Peter Hamner, Hudson Moore (Student), Sarah Corrigan (Student)

New Member Applications: none

Conservation: Anne Bekker

Anne has received nominations for the Rosalie Edge Award which will be awarded to a *non-DVOC member* who has made significant contributions to conservation.

There was a coalition event on 10/7 to promote Bird Safe Philly. The first report of a bird strike death in Philadelphia was 1897 when City Hall Tower was completed. Anne Bekker reiterated that if you see the the next night on bird cast shows high migration potential, get on Next-Door, or your neighborhood listserv, and suggest that please turn off their porch lights, and why. She was astonished at the extent to which everyone cooperated.

Linda Widdop : https://www.inquirer.com/news/birds-center-city-philadelphia-audubon-october-2-2020-20201007.html Linda enlisted club members to help Keith with collecting the birds that were killed by window strikes.

Billings: Art McMorris

The presentation of the 2019 award is tentatively scheduled for the November 5th meeting. Normally it is presented in March but was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Barb Bassett, the 2019 winner, had 289 species in the DVOC area, included 4 species never before sighted during the 9-year history of the competition. 

Banquet: Linda Widdop for Lauren Diamond

This year’s virtual banquet will be held on November 19th, with speaker Peter Kaestner, an ornithologist whose life list is over 9,000.  The details will be posted on the website soon!

Field Trips: Linda Widdop

The DVOC is holding off any further field trips due to COVID-19 restrictions and will review what other organizations are doing.

Programs: Linda Widdop for Gregg Gorton

November 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm via Zoom; meeting opens at 7pm
Aotearoa–New Zealand, Land of Birds.

Speaker: Susan Lindee

More information at https://dvoc.org/wp/activities/meetings/


Rob Bierregaard: The Selection Committee is seeking nominations for the Annual Julian K. Potter Award. This award is presented at the annual banquet to one or more members of the Club who have made an outstanding contribution to field ornithology either professionally or as an amateur. All members are encouraged to submit nominations. 

The Witmer Stone Award Selection Committee seeks nominations of one or more DVOC members for authorship of the best publication that embodies the results of ornithological research not undertaken in the course of professional duties. This award was established in 1943. Send nominations to Gregg Gorton at homoaves@gmail.com

Local Notes

Lois Bryman: had about 10 pine siskins on one feeder today. this is a life bird for me at home! chester county

Anne Bekker: Dixon has been hopping with sparrows, including clay-colored (8 days), high numbers of white-crowned and Lincoln’s, Nelson’s sparrows; buff-breasted sandpiper, American bittern; an orange-crowned and lots of Tennessee and Nashville warblers; local late warblers today American Redstart, Magnolia. Siskins everywhere for a week plus.

Barb Bassett: Rough-legged hawk in Cape May Point (yard bird); 9182 pine siskins at the Cape May Hawkwatch today; Northern Wheatear at Brig on 10/9/20

Nathaniel Sharp: Black Scoters are starting to turn up on the inland lakes in VT, just had one this morning!

Barbara Granger: have had guest red breasted nuthatch this past week for a few days

Lois Bryman: female purple finch (or young male) at the house.

Patrick McGill: Had a Grasshopper Sparrow at POD on 10/4

Martin Dellwo : There was a flock of ~50 siskins at Tinicum last weekend. They’re everywhere.

Anne Bekker: 3 Philadelphia vireos for me this fall – 2 different individuals at SCEE; 1 at Houston.

Martin Dellwo : Continuing local notes, we had a more limited (due to COVID) than usual Big Sit on Sunday at Tinicum, but racked up 77 species, a 3-way tie for 3rd highest count out of 11 years.

Bonnie Witmer: We have seen many Magnolia Warblers, an Eastern towhee; heard Red-breasted nuthatches; continuing to see many Black Throated Blue warblers.

Vinobha Pannerselvam : Purple Finches and Siskins are found all across Bucks county; had a Pine Warbler 3 days in a row with full color at my Feeder (Bucks). Sabine’s Gull – at Green Lane Park Montgomery County, PA

Patrick McGill : At Benjamin Rush last weekend – 1-White-crowned, 4-Lincoln’s Sparrows, 8-Savannah, 7-Bobolink, and 1 Eastern Meadowlark.

Martin Dellwo : Rittenhouse Square had 4 new birds for the hotspot species list this past week: Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Also a repeat of Winter Wren (recently new) and up to 4 sapsuckers at once.

Evening Program:

Eighty-six Years and Counting: Discoveries about Migration & Raptors from Hawk Mountain

Speaker: Laurie Goodrich

Since 1934, Hawk Mountain has been monitoring raptor and songbird migration along the Kittatinny Ridge. Laurie highlighted discoveries from the long-term data including documenting migration timing and golden eagle flights by Maurice Broun in the early years, to recent exploration of changes in migration timing and numbers. Data on migration in hummingbirds and other songbirds was also discussed.


Linda Widdop adjourned the meeting at 9:00 pm.
All were invited to continue the conversation at a virtual Cherry Street Tavern. There were about 20 participants until 10pm.