Date: 4/10/17 7:31 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 10, 2017 379 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 3 86 188
Turkey Vulture 169 1679 4815
Osprey 18 201 351
Bald Eagle 1 23 58
Northern Harrier 17 31 34
Sharp-shinned Hawk 63 132 180
Cooper's Hawk 23 42 81
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 35 81
Broad-winged Hawk 20 33 33
Red-tailed Hawk 28 58 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 22 68 96
Merlin 4 16 22
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: 379 2406 6043


Observation start time: 7 am
Observation end time: 154:30 pm
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Paul Fritz, Ralph Geuder, Steve Whitcomb

Weather: Partly cloudy; 42-82 degrees; excellent visibility; winds started out calm and after a few hours became southwesterly, 0-10 mph, gusting to 18 mph

Raptor Observations: Best all around day so far this season; flight ramped up as soon as the winds became southwesterly and suddenly birds were zipping through at a rapid clip. Seventeen Northern Harriers, including 5 adult males, passed by between 10 and 3 (Daylight Time). Sharp-shinned Hawks came by in groups and most of the totals for the 12 species were in double digits.

Non-raptor Observations: Two beavers; one Brown Pelican (Park staff reported seeing 5 Brown Pelicans yesterday morning heading south except that one turned around and headed back.) American Goldfinches are starting to move with 34 counted today. Seven Great Egrets, first of the season

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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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