Date: 3/25/17 7:27 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 25, 2017 1550 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 6 85 87
Turkey Vulture 1485 2848 2907
Osprey 22 114 115
Bald Eagle 0 29 33
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 26 26
Cooper's Hawk 8 26 26
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 28 35
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 7 27 28
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 2 25 25
Merlin 3 5 5
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 1550 3218 3292


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

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

Site Description
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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