Date: 5/16/18 4:43 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, May 15, 2018 224 Raptors 8 Mississippi Kites
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: May 15, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

4

25

333

Turkey Vulture

94

747

6931

Osprey

1

36

682

Bald Eagle

22

34

124

Northern Harrier

0

6

51

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

133

595

Cooper's Hawk

5

42

253

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

1

185

Broad-winged Hawk

83

153

365

Red-tailed Hawk

2

19

144

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

88

Merlin

0

7

41

Peregrine Falcon

1

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

4

Unknown Buteo

0

0

7

Unknown Falcon

0

0

3

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

2

2

6

Mississippi Kite

8

8

8

Total:

224

1214

9821



Observation start time:

8:00 am

Observation end time:

6:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

10.5 hours

Official Counter

Jim Stasz, Lynn Davidson, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Jim Stasz, Lynn Davidson, Sue
Ricciardi


Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy; 70-89 degrees; fair
to good visibility with some haze; winds mostly southwesterly 8-13
mph gusting to 21 mph

Raptor Observations: Ten species took advantage of the perfect
weather conditions in advance of strong storms to migrate past the
Park. Good flight of Bald Eagles, but the absolute highlight was
the passage of 8 Mississippi Kites! Times were 12:13, 12:27, 1:40,
2:35 (2) and 3:46 (3) (Daylight Time) There was a mixture of
adults and immatures along with several of unknown age. Three flew
directly north without hesitating. The others circled around,
often chasing insect prey. One was seen eating on the fly. Some
were fairly high, but their kite profiles were unmistakable. The
three that were seen together started out with one kite observed;
then a second joined the first. We were watching the two together
when a third blasted through the pair and kept going. Very
exciting!

Non-raptor Observations: 52 Common Nighthawks in the last one and
one-half hours of the count. Over 20 migrant Eastern Kingbirds.

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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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