State College Bird Club
17 November 2010
The State College Bird Club met at
Foxdale Village on 17 Nov. 2010. Twenty-six members and guests
attended; Deb Grove presided.
• Nan Butkovich read the minutes.
• Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s report.
• She also read the
checklist. 118 species were reported as having been seen within
25 miles of the Penn State campus since 27 Oct. Species of note
included Dunlin, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, Canvasback, and
• No announcements.
• Next meeting: 15 Dec. – Program on birds of Tanzania by Mark and Ruth Henry.
• Local Christmas
Bird Counts have been announced. Contact the coordinators if you
want to participate in any of them.
o Lewistown and Clup (Blair Co.) – 18 Dec.
o Huntingdon and State College – 19 Dec.
o Lake Rayestown – 27 Dec.
o Bald Eagle State Park – 2 Jan.
The presentation was by Cindy
Patrick, who spoke on birds of the Galapagos Islands. She visited
there in July 2009. Since the Galapagos Islands are in the
southern hemisphere, this was the middle of winter, which meant that
the days were mild but the seas were rougher… an important
consideration since they travelled from one island to another by
boat. She and her group saw roughly half of the 98 bird species
reported there. She included information on feeding and breeding
behavior for many species, such as the Galapagos Hawk (the only
resident hawk), many of the finch species made famous in Darwin’s, the
Flightless Cormorant, the nocturnal feeding Swallow-tailed Gull, and
all three species of Boobies present in the Galapagos Islands.
Minutes taken by Nan Butkovich, Secretary