Date: 4/17/17 1:05 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 16, 2017 433 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 96 198
Turkey Vulture 221 2066 5202
Osprey 14 251 401
Bald Eagle 14 42 77
Northern Harrier 4 39 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 102 266 314
Cooper's Hawk 23 81 120
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 44 90
Broad-winged Hawk 34 74 74
Red-tailed Hawk 7 68 109
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 8 81 109
Merlin 4 23 29
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: 433 3133 6770


Observation start time: 8:30 am
Observation end time: 5 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter Andy Smith
Observers: Andy Higgs, Hal Wierenga, Hugh Hoffman, Lynn Davidson


Visitors: Anne Arundel Bird Club

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming sunny and then mostly cloudy ending with showers; 64 to a toasty 86 degrees; good visibility with haze at times; winds out of the WSW grew in intensity over the course of the day, 4-18 mph, gusting to 29 mph

Raptor Observations: The strong winds pushed the main flight line out over the water; flight became very high with the warming temperatures and migrants were likely missed when the skies were clear or nearly so. Even so, it was a good day for migration.

Non-raptor Observations: Strong movement of Blue Jays, swallows (mainly Northern Rough-winged and Tree), Red-winged Blackbirds and American Goldfinches, at least 1000 of each. Common Loon 9; Little Blue Heron 2; Large number of Dragonflies; Cricket Frogs singing.

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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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