Date: 4/7/17 8:32 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 7, 2017 229 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 4 73 175
Turkey Vulture 146 1368 4504
Osprey 25 165 315
Bald Eagle 2 20 55
Northern Harrier 7 12 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 46 94
Cooper's Hawk 5 13 52
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 19 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3 20 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 19 39 67
Merlin 1 10 16
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: 229 1788 5425


Observation start time: 7 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Paul Fritz

Weather: Heavy cloud cover, with a few blue patches at times but also overcast at times; winds extremely strong from the west with one hour gauged at 32 mph, gusting to 38 mph - bone chilling; otherwise winds mostly 22-26 mph, gusting to 39 mph.

Raptor Observations: A good flight today in the high winds; biggest days so far for Northern Harriers and American Kestrels; Merlin the first bird of the day

Non-raptor Observations: One Northern Gannet spotted by Paul Fritz; about 25 Common Loons sitting on the water; 16 Bonaparte's Gulls

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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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