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    The Birding Club of Delaware

    County is a birding club located in

    Delaware County, Pennsylvania,

    with the purpose of expanding indi-

    vidual interest in and study of wild


    The Birding Club of Delaware

    County is open to birders and bird

    watchers of all skill levels.

    Membership is from September

    through August.

    Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday

    of each month from September

    through June at the Marple Township

    Library Meeting Room. Meetings

    begin at 7:30PM.

    Visitors are always welcome.

    For additional information regarding

    membership, please contact John

    D’Amico at 610-566-1461

    or email




    All materials, illustrations and photos

    are copyrighted 2010, by the Birding

    Club of Delaware County, all rights


    November 2010

    Volume 13, Issue 2

    1 Programs

    2 Field Trip Schedule

    3 Birding Yellowstone

    By Peter & Kris Wade

    4 Powdermill Banding

    By Lauren Johnson

    5 Accidental Birder

    By Noel Kelly

    6 Member Profiles

    8 Birding Grand Isle (2)

    By Mariana Pesthy

    10 Bluebirds 2010

    By Alice Sevareid

    11 Darlington in October

    By Dave Eberly

    12 World Series of Birding

    By Bill Roache

    N E W S L E T T E R

    Inside This Issue

    November 10: Jim McVoy

    Fifty Birds in Fifty States In 1997, Jim and Sue McVoy embarked on a quest to find at least

    fifty species of birds in each of the fifty US states. Some states gave up

    their birds in a matter of hours; others were stingier. One state had to be

    visited three times; Hawaii, twice (it was a dirty job, but. . .). Rock

    pigeons appear on forty-nine of their state lists. Where did they miss

    them? Jim and Sue saved Alaska for their fiftieth state, visiting it in 2009,

    the year of Alaska's fiftieth anniversary of statehood. Which unsuspecting

    bird was the fiftieth bird in the fiftieth state? In his presentation, Jim

    shares travel stories and favorite birding spots around the country and

    tells all.

    Jim McVoy was born and raised on a dairy farm near Syracuse, NY.

    He did his undergraduate studies in music theory and composition at

    Syracuse University followed by graduate work at the Eastman School of

    Music. From 1970-1979 he taught at Elizabethtown College. He then

    moved to West Chester University where he taught until his retirement in

    2005. Jim now offers his time as a volunteer for the Stroud Preserve, the

    Land Trust and Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.

    December 8: Win Shafer

    Birding the Appalachian Trail Win Shafer and his son Blake (AKA Birdman and Li'l Wayne) spent 4

    1/2 months in 2009 hiking the entire 2175 miles of the Appalachian Trail

    from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. Being in the

    mountains and woods in many different life zones during spring

    migration afforded incomparable opportunities for bird observation.

    Win's program is a travelogue of his unique adventure and birding


    January 12: David Barber David is a research biologist at the Acopian Center for Conservation

    Learning at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.


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    November 6, Saturday Crosslands Field Birds

    8:00 AM. Meet at the Crosslands Center, off of Route 926.

    Leader: Dale Kendell 610-793-0291

    November 13, Saturday Hidden Valley Saw-whet Owl Banding For directions and time contact the trip leader.

    Leader: Sheryl Johnson 610-649-4621

    November 21, Sunday Lakes of Chester County

    7:00 AM. Meet at Boscov's parking lot at Exton Mall for a 3/4-day trip. Bring a lunch.

    Leader: Holly Merker 610-733-4392

    December 4, Saturday Eagles at Conowingo, Plus Perryville Park

    8:00 AM. Meet at the Fishermen’s parking lot below the Conowingo Dam.

    Leader: Janis Zane 610-361-8477

    December 11, Saturday Forsythe & Barnegat Waterfowl & Short-eared Owl

    8:00 AM. Meet at the parking lot at Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) for a full-day trip.

    Leader: Tom Mc Parland 610-331-1863

    December 18, Saturday Glenolden Christmas Count

    Annual Christmas Bird Count in Delaware County, PA

    Coordinator: Nick Pulcinella 610-696-0687

    January 1, Saturday Big Al does Big Day in [Coastal] Delaware

    6:00 AM. Meet at McDonald's at I-95 & Route 452 in Aston, PA.

    Leader: Al Guarente 610-566-8266

    January 15, Saturday Waterfowl

    9:00 AM. Meet at Roosevelt Park in Philadelphia, PA.

    Leader: Tom Reeves 610-361-8027

    IMPORTANT NOTES Please contact the field trip leader in advance so you can be notified of any changes.

    Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.

    Please check our website at for updates.

    Field Trip Coordinator: Al Guarente, 610-566-8266

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    This was a first-time trip for Peter and a return

    visit for Kris who came with her family 40 years

    ago. After we flew into Salt Lake City, our first day

    birding started at Willard Bay State Park. Our first

    bird was a Yellow Warbler and then we got a pair

    of Bullocks Orioles. More Yellow Warblers, a

    Western Tanager, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher

    rounded out the visit. Heading north, we came to the

    Bear Lake NWR, which was closed on a Sunday.

    But nobody told the birds: Outside the refuge we

    saw a Western Meadowlark on every other

    fencepost and a dark-morph Swainson’s Hawk on a

    nest. We also found Cinnamon Teal and plenty of

    Western Kingbirds. Heading for Grays Lake NWR

    on the Great Bear Lake Road, we came to a

    mountain pass where Broad-tailed Hummingbirds

    mobbed the feeders at the visitors center. On the

    way, we saw Nighthawks in daytime flight, White

    Pelicans, Cliff Swallows and Yellow-headed

    Blackbirds. Gray’s Lake itself was a

    disappointment: The lake was all but dried up at the

    end near the shuttered refuge, and no birds were


    We went on to four days at Grand Teton

    National Park. There, we got a nesting pair of

    Trumpeter Swans and their cygnet at the Elk NWR

    in Jackson just outside the park. A female Harrier

    also put in an appearance. There were Mountain

    Bluebirds, a Brewer's Sparrow and Vesper

    Sparrows. We saw what we could only identify as

    oversized Chipping Sparrows, and that's exactly

    what they were, definitely bigger than our usual

    eastern customers! We also got Common

    Mergansers, American Wigeons, Lesser

    Goldfinch, and a Willow Flycatcher. Black-back

    Woodpecker and Williamson’s Sapsucker were

    target birds that we missed, but we did get a Red-

    naped Sapsucker instead. While hiking, we

    observed several Green-tailed Towhees and a

    Black-throated Gray Warbler. We saw several

    Blue Grouse at the top of Signal Mountain near

    sunset, just sitting next to and in the road. We stared

    at one of them through our scope for 10 minutes

    from 30 feet and he finally hopped up on the curb -

    not afraid of anything! The next day while hiking,

    we got a probable Sage Grouse, a much more skittish

    bird. Finally, we witnessed an apparent territorial

    fight between a Gray Jay and several Mountain

    Chickadees near Jackson Lake.

    Upon entering Yellowstone on a snowy mid-

    June day, we went to Yellowstone Lake where we

    heard a report of a Common Loon sighting. We can

    see these guys locally all the time in the winter but

    they migrate north in the summer! We never did find

    the loon, but we did find Barrow’s Goldeneye,

    close to Fishing Cone Geyser, What a beautiful

    duck! We were also greeted by Townsend’s

    Solitaires in several places, always on talus slopes,

    which they like. There were many light-morph

    Swainson’s Hawks making appearances with all

    those tasty Yellowstone varmints running around as

    potential snacks. While watching geysers and

    mudpots in the Norris Geyser Basin, we had a Ruby-

    crowned Kinglet in a tree over the boardwalk.

    There were several others in various places, most

    with very pronounced ruby crowns. We saw another

    Trumpeter Swan near the west entrance in the

    Madison River at the 6 mile marker while the rest of

    the crowd was watching a Bald Eagle nest across

    the road.

    After four days in Yellowstone, we headed north

    for a day in Glacier National Park. A Swainson’s

    Thrush made a cameo appearance and his cousins

    kept up a delightful serenade. We had no luck

    finding a Gray-crowned Rosy Finch. The high passes

    that they inhabit were full of snow and the road was


    On our way back from Glacier to Salt Lake City,

    we had two final memorable sightings. The first was

    a Common Loon family in full summer plumage on