Date: 4/5/17 8:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 5, 2017 83 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 69 171
Turkey Vulture 39 1222 4358
Osprey 28 140 290
Bald Eagle 1 18 53
Northern Harrier 1 5 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 29 77
Cooper's Hawk 3 8 47
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 19 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 17 58
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 6 20 48
Merlin 1 9 15
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 83 1559 5196


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Stewart, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy at the end; 61-69 degrees; excellent visibility; winds, starting out from the west, shifting to northwest, then variable, then NE, 3-14 mph

Raptor Observations: Ospreys moving all day, most of the time carrying fish; female Merlin hung around for awhile with some unidentified passerine narrowly escaping her attack

Non-raptor Observations: 80 Horned Grebes; 2 flyby Dunlins; 1 Fox Sparrow; 1 Rusty Blackbird; 1 Red Admiral butterfly

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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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