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.
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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