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.
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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