Date: 4/27/18 6:42 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 26, 2018 40 Raptors Purple Gallinule, Saltmarsh Sparrow
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 26, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

98

293

Turkey Vulture

25

2095

5934

Osprey

6

296

612

Bald Eagle

2

37

74

Northern Harrier

0

25

32

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

209

262

Cooper's Hawk

0

84

180

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

62

184

Broad-winged Hawk

1

141

141

Red-tailed Hawk

0

53

119

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

66

81

Merlin

2

24

31

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

2

2

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

40

3201

7958



Observation start time:

8:00 am

Observation end time:

4:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

8.5 hours

Official Counter

Dave Mozurkewich, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Dan Walker, Dave Mozurkewich, Hal Wierenga, Jim Stasz,
John Hoffman, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi, Sue Young




Visitors: Joe Hanfman, Sam Miller, Mark Rossitol, Tom Feild, Hugh
David Fleischmann, Jeff Shenot

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming mostly sunny; 51-69 degrees;
excellent visibility; winds first from the WNW, then from the
west, then from the northwest, 12-15 mph.

Raptor Observations: A very slow day which at this time of year
and weatherwise seemed like it should have been much more
productive. A Peregrine Falcon was seen flying with prey for
several minutes. Five minutes later it appeared that the Peregrine
had reappeared, but this time it was a Merlin with prey.

Non-raptor Observations: Most unexpected was a Purple Gallinule, a
species never seen before at Fort Smallwood Park, first sighted by
Dave Mozurkewich. Second new species for the Park: Saltmarsh
Sparrow, spotted by Peter Kaestner and photographed by Sam Miller.
Thousands of Swallows, mostly Barn, with Chimney Swifts and Purple
Martins mixed in. Also a few Bank and Cliff Swallows. Five warbler
species: Palm, Pine, Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Common
Yellowthroat.

65 species for the day. ebird list with photos of gallinule taken by
Dan Walker

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44985788

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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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