Date: 4/30/18 9:30 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 30, 2018 254 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 30, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

6

113

308

Turkey Vulture

88

2345

6184

Osprey

13

330

646

Bald Eagle

2

53

90

Northern Harrier

3

38

45

Sharp-shinned Hawk

102

409

462

Cooper's Hawk

3

115

211

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

62

184

Broad-winged Hawk

33

212

212

Red-tailed Hawk

1

59

125

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

2

73

88

Merlin

1

27

34

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

3

4

Unknown Buteo

0

4

7

Unknown Falcon

0

3

3

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

254

3850

8607



Observation start time:

7:45 am

Observation end time:

5:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

8.75 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Dan Haas, Dan Walker, Harry Armistead, John Hoffman


Visitors: Mary Lou Clarke, Abby

Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming sunny; 40-68 degrees; excellent
visibility; winds started out from the west, then from the
northwest and finally from the WNW, becoming stronger over the
course of the count, 7-21 mph, gusting to 30 mph

Raptor Observations: Finally, Sharp-shinned Hawks were the most
numerous species.

Non-raptor Observations: Purple Gallinule still present. There
must have been an insect hatch close to us because for about 15
minutes, swallows encircled us and darted and swirled around us. A
dizzying, but mesmerizing experience.

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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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