State College Bird Club

24 March 2010

The State College Bird Club met at Foxdale Village on 24 March 2010.  Forty-one members and guests attended; Deb Grim presided.

•    Nan Butkovich read the minutes.
•    Dorothy Bordner presented the Treasurer’s report.
•    She also read the checklist.  94 species were reported since 24 Feb. within a 25-mile radius of Old Main.  Species of note included Eurasian Wigeon, Merlin, and Pectoral Sandpiper.

•    There are still some Hawk Watch t-shirts available for sale. 

Upcoming events
•    Apr. 28: Bob Snyder will speak on birds of Africa

Dave and Trudy Kyler spoke about birding in SE Arizona.  This region is characterized by high deserts and the “sky islands” – small isolated mountain ranges that are scattered across the desert.  These mountains provide tremendous vertical variations in habitats, resulting in a wide range of bird species.  Some of the sites they visited included:
•    Cubo Lodge in Madera Canyon, where Berylline Hummingbirds and Flame-Colored Tanagers were located,
•    Patagonia area (Kino Springs, the Patons, and California Gulch) where they located three species of Quail: Gambel, Scaled, and Montezuma
•    Beatty’s in Miller’ Canyon, which featured Mexican Spotted Owl and White-Eared Hummingbirds,
•    Portal area, where they found Gray Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks, and Red Crossbills.

Minutes taken by Nan Butkovich, Secretary