Date: 4/6/18 8:04 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 6, 2018 496 Raptors Broad-winged Hawks!
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 06, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

22

41

238

Turkey Vulture

330

1260

5097

Osprey

16

76

392

Bald Eagle

5

8

45

Northern Harrier

2

7

14

Sharp-shinned Hawk

24

52

105

Cooper's Hawk

18

32

128

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

29

47

168

Broad-winged Hawk

12

12

12

Red-tailed Hawk

26

33

99

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

7

25

40

Merlin

2

4

11

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

1

1

2

Unknown Buteo

0

1

4

Unknown Falcon

1

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

2

2

Total:

496

1602

6358



Observation start time:

9:30 am

Observation end time:

5:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

7.5 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Lynn Davidson, Sue
Young


Visitors: Karen Hall, Doug Martin, Diane Westbrook

Weather: Cloudy at first, then clearing some; 44-69 degrees; good
to excellent visibility; winds mostly from the southwest, becoming
stronger over the course of the count, 5-15 mph, gusting to 23 mph

Raptor Observations:
First Broadwings of the season! 13 species including a local
Peregrine Falcon; steady and strong all-around flight today with
the raptors likely taking advantage of the southwest winds and
trying to travel before the approaching storm

Non-raptor Observations:
Caspian Tern; probably thousands of Tree Swallows filling the
skies all day. A Great Blue Heron nabbed a nice fat Garter Snake.
It started to mash it and then apparently the snake escaped. The
heron was motionless for about an hour, sleeping? sulking? To our
surprise, it then flew a short distance, retrieved the snake, flew
across the pond and promptly swallowed it.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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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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