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RMERF counts, November 14

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Wednesday, November 14 Mount Lorette [Day 52] Hay Meadow 0815-1500, Lusk Creek 1615-1650 (Blake Weis, assisted by Heinz Unger). The temperature at 0815 was 2C, the high was 4C (1100-1300) and it was 1C when heavy snow ended observation at Hay Meadow, and when Blake resumed the count at Lusk Creek. Ground winds to 1100 were variable 0-10 gusting 15 km/h and then were W-SW 5-10 gusting 20 and occasionally 50 km/h. Ridge winds were moderate to strong W-NW to 1200 and then W-SW. Cloud cover was initially 50% altocumulus, altostratus, cumulus, cirrus and cirrostratus that increased to 100% from 1200 to 1300 when 100% stratocumulus developed that obscured all ridges and brought moderate snow that became heavy at 1500 when the Hay Meadow count ended for the day. A total of 11 migrant raptors of 3 species were counted between 0924 and 1212 comprising 3 Bald Eagles (2a and 1 undifferentiated immature), 1u Northern Goshawk and 7 Golden Eagles (4a, 3u). All the eagles moved at varying heights along the Fisher Range and maximum hourly counts were 4 between 1000 and 1100 and again between 1100 and 1200. Around 1600 the snow stopped and Blake went to the Lusk Creek site between 1615 and 1650 where the highest foothills ridge was clear and recorded a further 3 migrants: 1 adult Bald Eagle, 1u Northern Goshawk and 1u Golden Eagle. An adult resident Northern Goshawk soared near the Hay Meadow site at 1310, and other birds near the site were a pair of Mallards that flew low to the south above the river, 1u Northern Shrike, 4 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 2 Clark’s Nutcrackers that flew low to the south, 6 Common Ravens, 3 Black-capped, 3 Mountain and 1 Boreal Chickadee, 12 Bohemian Waxwings, 520 Common Redpolls, most of which were south-bound migrants, 112 White-winged Crossbills, 11 Pine Siskins and 3u Dark-eyed Juncos. Six visitors arrived at the site before the snow started to fall. Tomorrow will be the last day of the fall 2018 count.

7.33 hours (527.3) BAEA 4 (216), NOGO 2 (37), GOEA 8 (2686) TOTAL 14 (3152)

 

Wednesday, November 14 Vicki Ridge [Day 49] 0745-1645 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite, and Gord Petersen observing from the Waterton 68 wellsite, 1415-1600). The temperature at 0745 was 3C, the high was 5.5C at 1300 and it was 0C at 1645. Winds were strong W all day 40-50 gusting 60-70 km/h apart from 1400 and 1500 when they were WSW 60 gusting 80-90 km/h. Cloud cover was initially 20% altocumulus and cirrus to 0900 when it increased to 50% altostratus, altocumulus, cumulus and cirrus that reached 100% at 1100. Between 1200 and 1410 cloud cover was 60-80% cirrostratus, altostratus and altocumulus, but at 1410 stratus cloud quickly moved from the west that brought snow until 1630 when the sky quickly cleared to 30% cumulus. The ridges were partially obscured between 1410 and 1540 and then completely obscured to 1630. There was another fairly strong late-season raptor movement of 30 birds of 3 species between 0804 and 1525 that comprised 7 adult Bald Eagles, 1 light morph Rough-legged Hawk, 21 Golden Eagles (15a, 2sa, 1j, 3u) and 1 unidentified eagle. The total includes 4 Golden Eagles (2a, 2u) seen by Gord Petersen between 1429 and 1525 at the western edge of Kyllo Ridge near the Waterton 68 wellsite. The maximum hourly count was 8 between 1000 and 1100 and the last 8 birds moved through steady light snow before heavy snow at 1530 brought all movement to an end. Other birds were scarce apart from about 70 Common Ravens which were continuously in the air until the snow arrived, attracted to the area by gut-piles from recently hunted deer. Tomorrow will be the last day of the fall 2018 count.

9 hours (425.9) BAEA 7 (431), RLHA 1 (435), GOEA 21 (2713), UE 1 (7) TOTAL 30 (4717)

 

Wednesday, November 14 Steeples [NO OBSERVATION] (Vance Mattson). It was consistently overcast with periodic rain all day. Tomorrow will be the last day of the fall 2018 count.

 

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 52 49 49
HOURS 527.3 425.9 209.5
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 216 431 116
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 7 15 14
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 68 627 72
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 7 74 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 37 102 8
Accipiter sp. (UA) 8 7 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 24 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 27 176 75
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 8 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 36 435 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 5 25 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 2686 2713 177
Eagle sp. (UE) 31 7 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 12 3
MERLIN (MERL) 4 21 3
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 2 5 1
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 2 9 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 10 0
Falco sp. (UF) 4 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 4 4 1
   
TOTALS 3152 4717 486

 


RMERF counts, November 13

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Tuesday, November 13 Mount Lorette [Day 51] 0815-1630 (Blake Weis, assisted by Katherine Peterson). The temperature at 0815 was -2C and the high was 3C from 1400 to 1630. Ground winds were variable 0-10 km/h all day that gusted 15-20 km/h to 1600, and ridge winds were W-SW moderate to strong all day. Cloud cover was initially 100% cirrostratus, altostratus, altocumulus and cirrus that diminished to 40% cirrus and altocumulus at 1100 before increasing again to 100% cirrostratus, altostratus, cirrus and altocumulus from 1400 to 1630. All ridges were clear, but only 5 migrant eagles were seen: 2 Bald Eagles (1a, 1j) and 3 Golden Eagles (1sa, 2u), that moved between 0947 and 1509. The 2 Bald Eagles and 1 Golden Eagle moved to the west of the site, and the other 2 Golden Eagles used the Fisher Range to the east. An adult Bald Eagle and an adult Northern Goshawk were non-migrants. Other birds identified were 1 female Common Merganser on the river, 1u Northern Shrike, 4 Canada Jays, 1 Clark’s Nutcracker, 12 Common Ravens, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 3 Brown Creepers, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 47 Common Redpolls, 1 White-winged Crossbill and 5 Pine Siskins. There were only 2 visitors today.

8.25 hours (520) BAEA 2 (212), GOEA 3 (2678) TOTAL 5 (3138)

 

Tuesday, November 13 Vicki Ridge [Day 48] 0800-1700 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite). The temperature at 0800 was 1C the high at 1300 and 1400 was 6C and it was 3C at 1700. Winds were W 30-40 gusting to 65 km/h in the morning and WSW 40-60 gusting to 90 km/h in the afternoon. Cloud cover was 100% altostratus and lenticular to 1130, 70-80% altostratus, altocumulus and cirrostratus to 1300 and then 100% altostratus and altocumulus for the rest of the day. A total of 19 migrant raptors of 4 species moved between 0816 and 1623 comprising 2 adult Bald Eagles, 1 adult female Northern Goshawk, 15 Golden Eagles (13a, 2u) and 1 male Prairie Falcon. Twelve birds were seen before 1200 but afternoon movement was light and sporadic as the wind velocity increased. The resident Golden Eagle family group (2a and 1j) were still present and other birds seen were 3 Clark’s Nutcrackers, 2 Black-billed Magpies, 25 Common Ravens, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 25 Red Crossbills and 55 Common Redpolls.

9 hours (416.9) BAEA 2 (424), NOGO 1 (102), GOEA 15 (2692), PRFA 1 (10) TOTAL 19 (4687)

 

Tuesday, November 13 Steeples [Day 49] 1315-1615 (Vance Mattson, observing from Diorite Creek). The mountains at the Bill Nye site were again heavily shrouded but it was clear to the north so Vance observed from a new site, “Diorite Creek”, which is 27 km to the north along the same range and just north of Premier Lake. The temperature reached 4C, conditions were calm and cloud cover was 50% altostratus, cumulus and stratus that gave periods of sunshine. The only migrant seen was a juvenile Golden Eagle at 1408. Non-migrant birds were a juvenile Bald Eagle, and an adult Golden Eagle that soared and hunted over the flank of Diorite Mountain.

3 hours (209.5) GOEA 1 (177) TOTAL 1 (486)

 

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 51 48 49
HOURS 520 416.9 209.5
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 212 424 116
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 7 15 14
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 68 627 72
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 7 74 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 35 102 8
Accipiter sp. (UA) 8 7 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 24 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 27 176 75
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 8 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 36 434 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 5 25 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 2678 2692 177
Eagle sp. (UE) 31 6 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 12 3
MERLIN (MERL) 4 21 3
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 2 5 1
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 2 9 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 10 0
Falco sp. (UF) 4 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 4 4 1
   
TOTALS 3138 4687 486

 


RMERF counts, November 12

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Monday, November 12 Mount Lorette [Day 50] 0720-1640 (George Halmazna, assisted by Dan Parliament). The starting temperature was -7C, the high was -2C (1400-1600) and it was -3C at 1640. Ground winds were W 1-3 km/h to 1400, then NW 5-15 km/h to 1600 and finally SE 5-15 km/h. Ridge winds were difficult to assess but were probably SW light to moderate. Cloud cover was initially 70% altostratus that reached 100% from 0900 to 1100 and rapidly cleared to 10% cirrus to 1400 after which the rest of the afternoon saw up to 60% altostratus and lenticular cloud. The ridges were clear all day. The count of 12 eagles was 2 Bald Eagles (1a, 1j) and 10 Golden Eagles (8a, 1sa, 1u) that glided along the Fisher Range ridge or flapped against the face of the ridge between 1158 and 1604. The maximum hourly count was 5 adult Golden Eagles between 1500 and 1600. The usual non-migrant adult Bald Eagle was still present and other birds seen were 1 Ruffed Grouse 1 Canada Jay, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 7 Common Ravens, 3 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 Mountain Chickadee and 6 White-winged Crossbills. Fifteen visitors came to the site today.

9.33 hours (511.7) BAEA 2 (210), GOEA 10 (2675) TOTAL 12 (3133)

 

Monday, November 12 Vicki Ridge [Day 47] 0745-1700 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite). The temperature at 0745 was -3C, the high was 2C at 1400 and 1500 and it was 0C at 1700. Winds were W all day, 30-40 gusting 50-70 km/h that made observing somewhat uncomfortable. Cloud cover was altocumulus and cirrus all day generally between 30 and 80% but only 10% around 1400, that gave excellent observing conditions throughout. There was a strong and persistent late-season raptor movement involving 70 birds of 5 species that migrated mainly high above Vicki Ridge between 0755 and 1612. The count was 14 Bald Eagles (8a, 3sa, 2j, 1u), 4 adult Northern Goshawks, 2 adult Red-tailed Hawks (1 light calurus and 1 dark harlani), 1 light morph Rough-legged Hawk and 49 Golden Eagles (42a, 4sa, 3j). The combined-species total of 70 was the highest at the site since October 30, and the Golden Eagle total of 49 was the highest since October 25. The highest hourly count was 14 between 0800 and 0900 and 41 birds had been counted by noon. Resident raptors were the Golden Eagle family group (2a and 1j) and other birds seen were 4 Clark’s Nutcrackers, 2 Black-billed Magpies, 30 Common Ravens, 16 Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches, 20 Red Crossbills and 32 Common Redpolls.

9.25 hours (407.9) BAEA 14 (422), NOGO 4 (101), RTHA 2 (176), RLHA 1 (434), GOEA 49 (2677) TOTAL 70 (4668)

 

Monday, November 12 Steeples [Day 48] 1230-1700 (Vance Mattson). The temperature ranged from 1C to -1C, conditions were calm and cloud cover was 100% altostratus, stratus and altocumulus that obscured the ridges all day. The only migrant seen was 1u columbarius Merlin that flew south in powered flight at 1357, and no resident birds were seen.

4.5 hours (206.5) MERL 1 (3) TOTAL 1 (485)

 

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 50 47 48
HOURS 511.7 407.9 206.5
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 210 422 116
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 7 15 14
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 68 627 72
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 7 74 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 35 101 8
Accipiter sp. (UA) 8 7 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 24 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 27 176 75
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 8 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 36 434 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 5 25 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 2675 2677 176
Eagle sp. (UE) 31 6 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 12 3
MERLIN (MERL) 4 21 3
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 2 5 1
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 2 9 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 9 0
Falco sp. (UF) 4 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 4 4 1
   
TOTALS 3133 4668 485

 


RMERF counts, November 11

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Sunday, November 11 Mount Lorette [Day 49] 0855-1700 (Blake Weis, assisted by Lori Anderson). The temperature at the start was -7C, the high was -2C (1400-1600) and it was -3C at 1700. Ground winds were 0-5 km/h all day, mainly WSW to 1300 and then N, and ridge winds were moderate NW all day. Cloud cover was 100-80% stratocumulus to 1200 that produced heavy to light snow, quickly cleared between 1200 and 1300 to 40% cumulus, altocumulus and cirrus before returning to 100% stratocumulus and moderate snow between 1300 and 1400; the rest of the day was 30% cumulus, altocumulus and cirrus. Both the eastern and western ridges were 100% obscured to 1200. The east was 40% obscured to 1300, 100% to 1400 and 30-0% thereafter, while the west was 90% obscured to 1300, 100% to 1400 and 20-0% thereafter. Despite the weather there was a fairly strong late-season count of 33 birds of 4 species between 1148 and 1550 that comprised 10 Bald Eagles (6a, 3sa, 1j), 1u Rough-legged Hawk, 21 Golden Eagles (16a, 3sa, 2u) and 1u columbarius Merlin. All the eagles moved in the face of the Fisher Range or at ridge level and there was much flapping and soaring flight. The maximum hourly count was 13 (2 Bald and 11 Golden Eagles) between 1400 and 1500. A non-migrant adult Bald Eagle perched by the river for 2 hours and an adult resident Golden Eagle traversed the Fisher Range from north to south before crossing the valley to Mount Lorette. Other birds identified were 1 male Hairy Woodpecker, 1 female American Three-toed Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 5 Canada Jays, 7 Common Ravens, 1 Black-capped and 1 Mountain Chickadee, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 50 Common Redpolls, 3 White-winged Crossbills, 2 Pine Siskins and 1u Dark-eyed Junco. A total of 18 visitors made it to the site after the snow stopped falling.

8.08 hours (502.4) BAEA 10 (208), RLHA 1 (36), GOEA 21 (2665), MERL 1 (4) TOTAL 33 (3121)

 

Sunday, November 11 Vicki Ridge [Day 46] 0945-1645 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson and Gord Petersen observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite). Snow started to fall at dawn and quickly obscured the ridges but at 0930 it became light so we went to the site and found both Vicki Ridge and Kyllo Ridge essentially clear. The ridges remained visible but partially obscured until 1100 when heavier snow returned and the ridges again disappeared. At 1300 the snow abruptly stopped and within minutes both ridges were clear and by 1310 cloud cover was 40% cumulus and there was hazy sunshine. The temperature at 0945 was -4C, the high was -3C at 1400 and 1500 and it was -6C at 1645 under a completely cloudless sky. Winds were variable light to calm all day. The first migrant was an adult female columbarius Merlin that flew low and rapidly to the south on the western flank of Vicki Ridge at 1326 but the main movement of 25 of the day’s 27 migrants occurred between 1339 and 1524 and involved 19 Bald Eagles (10a, 2sa, 7j), 1 light morph Rough-legged Hawk and 5 adult Golden Eagles. Most of the birds soared high above the valley between the two ridges and drifted and glided slowly to the south and up to 7 birds were seen at one time. The only other migrant was an unidentified eagle that flew south at 1608 against the face of the setting sun. Four geese that flew high from NE to SW over Kyllo Ridge at 1611 were probably Greater White-fronted Geese, and other birds seen were 1 Canada Jay, 10 Common Ravens, 1 American Robin that flew high to the NW, 14 Bohemian Waxwings, 12 Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches and 4 Red Crossbills.

7 hours (398.7) BAEA 19 (408), RLHA 1 (433), GOEA 5 (2628), UE 1 (6), MERL 1 (21) TOTAL 27 (4598)

 

Sunday, November 11 Steeples [Day 47] 1200-1700 (Vance Mattson). The temperature was 1C, conditions were calm, cloud cover was 60-40% stratus and cumulus and once again the ridge was obscured although it was otherwise a sunny day. A total of 7 adult eagles, 1 Bald Eagle and 6 Golden Eagles, moved sporadically low to the south in front of the ridge and beneath the cloud between 1322 and 1548. Soaring birds at times disappeared into the base of the cloud before gliding south in front of the shrouded ridge.

5 hours (202) BAEA 1 (116), GOEA 6 (176) TOTAL 7 (484)

 

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 49 46 47
HOURS 502.4 398.7 202
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 208 408 116
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 7 15 14
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 68 627 72
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 7 74 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 35 97 8
Accipiter sp. (UA) 8 7 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 24 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 27 174 75
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 8 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 36 433 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 5 25 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 2665 2628 176
Eagle sp. (UE) 31 6 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 12 3
MERLIN (MERL) 4 21 2
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 2 5 1
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 2 9 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 9 0
Falco sp. (UF) 4 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 4 4 1
   
TOTALS 3121 4598 484

 


RMERF counts, November 09 and 10

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Friday, November 09 Mount Lorette [Day 47] 0755-1720 (Caroline Lambert, assisted by Rachel Mackay). The starting temperature was -4C, the high was 3C (1300-1600) and it was 1C at the end of observation. It was calm to 1000 when NW ground winds blew to 1330 after which they were SW gusting to 30 km/h for the rest of the day; ridge winds were strong NW all day. Cloud cover was 100% altostratus and cumulus to 1100 when it reduced to 70% and by 1300 it was 30% cumulus, cirrus and cirrostratus that became 80% cirrostratus and altostratus at 1700. The east was clear all day but the west was obscured 40% of the time on average. A total of 31 eagles, 6 Bald Eagles (3a, 2sa, 1j) and 25 Golden Eagles (13a, 4sa, 8u) migrated between 0835 and 1630 to produce the highest count so far this month. All the birds glided high above the Fisher Range and the maximum hourly count was 8 between 1500 and 1600. Two adult Bald Eagles and 1u Sharp-shinned Hawk were regarded as non-migrants. Other birds were 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Shrike, 4 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 8 Common Ravens, 4 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 1 Brown Creeper, 2 American Dippers and 4 White-winged Crossbills. A herd of 21 Elk were in the meadow, and there was 1 visitor at the site today.

9.25 hours (484.2) BAEA 6 (180), GOEA 25 (2623) TOTAL 31 (3049)

 

Friday, November 09 Vicki Ridge [Day 44] 0800-1700 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite). The temperature at 0800 was -3C the high was 0C at 1100, 1200 and 1400 and it was -2C at 1700. Winds were WSW-W 30-45 gusting 60-75 km/h all day and cloud cover was 100% altostratus and altocumulus to 1500, that occasionally briefly reduced to 80-90%, after which it quickly cleared from the north and was 30-40% altocumulus and cirrus for the last 2 hours. Light snow fell from 1245 to 1320 and from 1412 to 1440 but it did not appear to interrupt the flow of migrating raptors. There was another fairly strong late-season migration involving 53 birds of 4 species that comprised 23 Bald Eagles (15a, 3sa, 4j, 1u), 1 adult Northern Goshawk, 28 Golden Eagles (27a, 1u) and 1 male Prairie Falcon that moved between 0821 and 1635. Movement was again fairly steady throughout and the highest hourly count was 14 between 1400 and 1500. The resident pair and juvenile Golden Eagle were conspicuous throughout much of the day and were often vigorously mobbed by ravens whereas the migrant eagles were generally left alone. Other birds seen included 25 Bohemian Waxwings, 60 Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches, 20 Red Crossbills and 78 Common Redpolls.

9 hours (382.2) BAEA 23 (376), NOGO 1 (90), GOEA 28 (2604), PRFA 1 (9) TOTAL 53 (4535)

 

Friday, November 09 Steeples [NO OBSERVATION] (Vance Mattson). The entire valley was socked-in, combined with wet-snow flurries.

 

Saturday, November 10 Mount Lorette [Day 48] 0705-1710 (Bill Wilson, assisted by Ruth Morrow). The starting temperature was -5C, the high was 1C at 1500 and it was -2C at 1710. Ground winds were S 0-3 gusting 7 km/h to 1300 after which they were SW 3-10 gusting 16 km/h, and ridge winds were light to moderate, NNW to 1000 and then NW. Cloud cover was 90-100% cumulus and altostratus to 0900 when it thinned to 60% cumulus to 1200 and was 10% to trace cumulus throughout the afternoon. The eastern ridges were 70% obscured to 0900 and were then clear for the rest of the day, and the west was 40% obscured to 0800 and then clear. A total of 39 eagles migrated between 1055 and 1624 that comprised 18 Bald Eagles (13a, 3sa, 2j), which is the second-highest count of the season, and 21 Golden Eagles (19a, 1sa, 1u). With the exception of 4 birds most migrants moved along the Fisher Range from Mount Lorette with much soaring flight. Movement was fairly steady throughout with a maximum hourly count of 11 (6 Bald and 5 Golden Eagles) between 1200 and 1300, that was followed by the only zero hour during the movement. Only 3 other bird species were seen: 2 Canada Jays, 8 Common Ravens and 40 Bohemian Waxwings in a single flock, but most of the 28 visitors to the site today were able to observe migrating eagles.

10.08 hours (494.3) BAEA 18 (198), GOEA 21 (2644) TOTAL 39 (3088)

 

Saturday, November 10 Vicki Ridge [Day 45] 0745-1715 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite). The temperature at 0745 was 6C the high at 1500 was 2C and it was -3C at 1715. Winds were light W-SW all day and cloud cover was 80-100% cumulus, altocumulus and stratocumulus to 1230 that produced light snow to 0925 and between 1020 and 1150.The cloud rapidly thinned in the afternoon and was 50-20% cumulus between 1230 and 1500 after which it was cloudless for the rest of the day. Only 1 Golden Eagle was seen before 1218 but then movement became steady with 21 of the day’s 36 migrants occurring after 1500, and 5 moved after 1700. The birds were seen between 0821 and 1706 and comprised 13 Bald Eagles (10a, 1sa, 2j), 1 adult Northern Goshawk, 3 light morph Rough-legged Hawks and 19 Golden Eagles (18a, 1sa). One adult Golden Eagle that roosted overnight in a limber pine snag at the extreme southern end of Vicki Ridge remained perched there until 1308 when it then spent 10 minutes soaring above the ridge before reaching sufficient altitude to glide south. Resident raptors were the Golden Eagle family group (2a and 1j) and other birds seen were 1 male Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 1 Canada Jay, 5 Clark’s Nutcrackers, 4 Black-billed Magpies, 23 Common Ravens, 50 Bohemian Waxwings, 92 Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches, 13 Red Crossbills and 40 Common Redpolls.

9.5 hours (391.7) BAEA 13 (389), NOGO 1 (97), RLHA 3 (432), GOEA 19 (2623) TOTAL 36 (4571)

 

Saturday, November 10 Steeples [Day 46] 1200-1630 (Vance Mattson). The temperature was 2C, conditions were calm and cloud cover was 100% altostratus and stratus that heavily shrouded the ridges all day. After an unproductive hour at the site Vance returned to Wasa to see if there was any movement above the valley, but another hour spent there produced nothing, so he returned to the Bill Nye site until 1630. No migrant or resident raptors were seen.

4.5 hours (197) TOTAL 0 (477)

 

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 48 45 46
HOURS 494.3 391.7 197
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 198 389 115
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 7 15 14
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 68 627 72
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 7 74 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 35 97 8
Accipiter sp. (UA) 8 7 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 24 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 27 174 75
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 8 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 35 432 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 5 25 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 2644 2623 170
Eagle sp. (UE) 31 5 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 12 3
MERLIN (MERL) 3 20 2
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 2 5 1
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 2 9 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 9 0
Falco sp. (UF) 4 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 4 4 1
   
TOTALS 3088 4571 477

 


RMERF counts, November 08

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Thursday, November 08 Mount Lorette [Day 46] 0745-1725 (Cliff Hansen, assisted by Rick Robb). The temperature at 0745 was -14C, the high was -1C at 1500 and it was -4C at 1725. Ground winds were S-SW all day, 0-5 km/h to 1300 then 5-10 occasionally gusting 15 km/h, while ridge winds were light to moderate SW. It was cloudless all day. A total of 14 Golden Eagles (9a, 1j, 4u) migrated along the Fisher Range between 1223 and 1708 but the first bird that glided above the ridge was not seen until 1615. Movement was slow but steady and the maximum hourly count was 4 birds between 1300 and 1400. Two non-migrant adult Bald Eagles perched by the river, and other birds seen were 3 Canada Geese, 3 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 4 Common Ravens and 1 American Dipper. Thirty-nine young people and helpers from the Central Alberta Refugee program (CARE) in Red Deer visited the site today.

9.67 hours (475) GOEA 14 (2598) TOTAL 14 (3018)

 

Thursday, November 08 Vicki Ridge [Day 43] 0845-1700 (Peter Sherrington, assisted by Hilary Atkinson observing from the Waterton 61 wellsite). The temperature at 0845 was -4C, the high at 1400 was 1C and it was -3C at 1700. Winds were steady W-WNW 20-30 gusting 40 km/h and it was cloudless all day. After 3 days with almost no movement today produced a fairly strong late-season count of 45 migrants of 4 species between 0858 and 1613. The count comprised 9 Bald Eagles (7a, 2sa), 3 light morph Rough-legged Hawks, 32 Golden Eagles (27a, 2sa, 3j) which is the highest count since October 29, and 1 Prairie Falcon. Movement was fairly steady throughout with maximum hourly counts of 10 (1100-1200) and 9 (1500-1600). A non-migrant adult Northern Goshawk was also seen. Other birds seen included about 60 Common Ravens with up to 30 birds seen soaring at one time above a gut-piles from a recently hunted Elk that also attracted the attention of several of the migrant eagles, 107 Bohemian Waxwings and 45 Common Redpolls.

8.25 hours (373.2) BAEA 9 (353), RLHA 3 (429), GOEA 32 (2576) PRFA 1 (8) TOTAL 45 (4482)

 

Thursday, November 08 Steeples [Day 45] 1230-1700 (Vance Mattson, observing from the South Lakit site). The temperature was 1C conditions were calm and cloud cover was 60-30% stratus and cumulus that gave plenty of sunshine. The ridges remained obscured most of the afternoon and only cleared between 1608 and 1630 but, like yesterday, migrants soared low and at length in front of the shrouded ridges. Eleven migrant eagles were counted between 1348 and 1631 comprising 2 Bald Eagles (1a, 1j) and 9 Golden Eagles (8a, 1j). At 1458 an adult Golden Eagle and a juvenile Bald Eagle soared together in front of the ridge, with the Bald Eagle being the higher of the two. The juvenile bird could not resist diving on the Golden Eagle, and as its second attempt was underway the Golden pumped its wings to meet it half-way and backed it off while simultaneously scolding it. This succeeded in separating the two birds as they continued gliding south at a respectful distance from each other.

4.5 hours (192.5) BAEA 2 (115), GOEA 9 (170) TOTAL 11 (477)

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY COUNTS, FALL 2018
MOUNT LORETTE September 20-November 15 VICKI RIDGE September 20-November 15 STEEPLES September 20-November 15
DAYS 46 43 45
HOURS 475 373.2 192.5
TURKEY VULTURE (TUVU) 0 0 1
OSPREY (OSPR) 3 8 2
BALD EAGLE (BAEA) 174 353 115
NORTHERN HARRIER (NOHA) 7 15 14
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (SSHA) 68 627 72
COOPER’S HAWK (COHA) 7 74 4
NORTHERN GOSHAWK (NOGO) 35 95 8
Accipiter sp. (UA) 8 7 0
BROAD-WINGED HAWK (BWHA) 1 24 3
SWAINSON’S HAWK (SWHA) 1 2 0
RED-TAILED HAWK (RTHA) 27 174 75
FERRUGINOUS HAWK (FEHA) 0 8 0
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK (RLHA) 35 429 3
Buteo sp. (UB) 5 25 0
GOLDEN EAGLE (GOEA) 2598 2576 170
Eagle sp. (UE) 31 5 2
AMERICAN KESTREL (AMKE) 0 12 3
MERLIN (MERL) 3 20 2
GYRFALCON (GYRF) 2 5 1
PEREGRINE FALCON (PEFA) 2 9 1
PRAIRIE FALCON (PRFA) 3 8 0
Falco sp. (UF) 4 2 0
Unidentified Raptor (UU) 4 4 1
   
TOTALS 3018 4482 477

 


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