Observation start time: 8 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Greg Smith, Hal Wierenga, Mary Jane McMillan, Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Visitors: Charlie Reed
Weather: Generally sunny with clouds moving in near the end of the count; 40-60 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out of the west or WNW, 13-20 mph, gusting to 28 mph
Raptor Observations: An adult Bald Eagle flew into the mud flat in the pond, sending a Great Blue Heron off with a squawk of alarm and a Canada Goose under the water. Apparently the eagle just wanted a drink. A little later we watched an adult Bald Eagle earnestly go after an Osprey with a fish. The Osprey finally dropped the fish, which the eagle promptly scooped up. However, 3 other Bald Eagles, two adults and an immature, decided to get in on the action, and during this skirmish the fish was dropped again. The fish won, maybe, if it lived.
Non-raptor Observations: We watched a Great Blue Heron mash an 18 inch Northern Watersnake with its bill, and then take about 3 seconds to swallow the whole enchilada head first. ebird checklist:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35804573
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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