Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 4:00 Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Andy Smith, Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Hugh Hoffman
Visitors: Kate Murphy, Arnold Simon, Jennifer Thompson, Cal and Bud Orvis
Weather: Mostly cloudy; 61 degrees at the start warming to a toasty 79 degrees; poor to fair visibility with substantial haze; light winds, 5-8 mph, starting out southwesterly, becoming variable, and finishing from the northwest
Raptor Observations: Awesome migration day! Record day for Turkey Vultures beating previous record of 1457 on March 23, 2003; over 50 vulture kettles were counted. Fourth highest total raptor day; local Peregrine Falcon for a 3-falcon day; 12 species day including a couple of non-migrant Bald Eagles. Thanks to all the counters!
Non-raptor Observations: Over 700 blackbirds, the majority Common Grackles; over 200 Tree Swallows; 13 Horned Grebes
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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