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
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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