Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson
Weather: Clouds decreasing from 50% to 5% over the course of the watch; a cold 27-35 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong and westerly, 15-22 mph, gusting to 31 mph
Raptor Observations: The first-of-the season Merlin landed about 40 feet away in a snag. Scoping it revealed several blue feathers on the upper shoulder with all the rest brown, making it a young male. He sat still for 5 or more minutes, even when a man walked right by the tree! The Cooper's Hawk was an adult with a beautiful blue back, small enough to be a male. He flew within 5 feet of the concrete next to the path, only several feet above the ground. Cool observations in the cold!
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are
from the southwest.
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