RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT Public Summary

COUNT DATE: 14/10/2019, (Day 25 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:50 – End: 18:20, Day Total: 10:30hrs, (To Date: 233:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: Dan Parliament, Gord Weber, Cindy Parliament
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: A windless day with low overcast which occasionally shrouded the ridges. Migration was slow with a total of 16 Golden Eagles, all flapping heavily and flying low or across Patrick. Four of the Golden Eagles perched briefly , two on Patrick, and a pair together on the Bumps.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 1, Max: 2
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 10:00-12:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 14, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 1, Total: 16, (To Date: 1674)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Cooper’s Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 18, (To Date: 1846)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CORA 10, BBMA 1, BBCH 9, BOCH 2, RCKI 1, DEJU 4, COLO 2, CAJA 3, BOWA 17, BRCR 1, MALL 3
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Two red squirrels and one deer mouse
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 15, (To Date: 388)

COUNT DATE: 13/10/2019, (Day 24 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:20 – End: 19:00, Day Total: 11:40hrs, (To Date: 223:08hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson, Lori Anderson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Mostly 100% cloud, but above ridgetops until about 15:00. Obscuration then increased until by 17:00 the west was 90% obscured and the east 80% obscured. Ground winds were very light to 14:00, then 5 to 10 km/hr gusting to 15 or 20 km/hr to the end. Ridge winds were SW light to 14:00 with eagles often soaring ( including two big kettles), then variable light to moderate with less soaring and more continuous gliding. Most of the movement was in front of the eastern ranges or not far above them. Eagle movement plummeted after 15:00.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -1, Max: +5
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: First Golden Eagle at 08:34 and last at 16:50, but 153 of the 175 moved between 11:00 and 15:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 98, Sub-Adult: 6, Juvenile: 13, Unaged: 58, Total: 175, (To Date: 1658)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 2, Juvenile: 1, Total: 3, (To Date: 47)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
– Cooper’s Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 2
– Rough-legged Hawk: 2
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 184, (To Date: 1828)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 2 adult Golden Eagle sightings
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 3 Gray Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 1 Starling, 1 American Robin
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 1 bull Moose with an impressive rack of antlers.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 33, (To Date: 373)

COUNT DATE: 12/10/2019, (Day 23 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:55 – End: 18:45, Day Total: 10:50hrs, (To Date: 211:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Ruth Morrow
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Migrants were flying low, without much wind to ride they had to flap most of the way. A few even perched briefly, probably to rest. Most passed in front of or behind Patrick and parts of the Fisher Range, which made it hard to spot some birds but easy to age them. They started a bit late, the first wasn’t seen until 12:05 but it quickly picked up after 14:00.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -6, Max: 6
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Most migrants passed through between
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 62, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 5, Unaged: 15, Total: 83, (To Date: 1483)
– Bald Eagle: Juvenile: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 44)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 10)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 4
– Northern Goshawk: 2
– Red-tailed Hawk: 1
– Unidentified Buteo: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 93, (To Date: 1644)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1, Northern Goshawk: 2
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Ruffed Grouse: 3, Northern Shrike: 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1, Bohemian Waxwing: 40, American Pipit: 3, Pine Grosbeak: 1, Lapland Longspur: 2, Savannah Sparrow: 1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Least Chipmunk: 2, Cow Moose: 1
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 18, (To Date: 340)

COUNT DATE: 11/10/2019, (Day 22 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:00 – End: 19:20, Day Total: 11:20hrs, (To Date: 200:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Pat Farley
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was another cold, but sunny, day with not much wind, but there was a good number of eagles taking the challenge of migrating under these non-optimal conditions. Most moved across the face of Patrick and barely appeared above the lowest ridge level on the Fisher range before dropping quickly and having to work hard to make any progress. In spite of the sun, there did not appear to be many thermals to give the birds any lift. This went on all day and it was a bit painful to watch.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -10, Max: 3
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The majority of the migrants passed through between 15:00 and 18:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 64, Sub-Adult: 7, Juvenile: 8, Unaged: 8, Total: 87, (To Date: 1400)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 3, Sub-Adult: 1, Unaged: 1, Total: 5, (To Date: 43)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 2, (To Date: 9)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 94, (To Date: 1551)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 2 American Robin, 5 Common Raven, 25 Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 American Tree Sparrows, 2 White-crowned Sparrows, 3 Canada Jays, 1 Killdeer, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 2 Common Mergansers
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: No
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 11, (To Date: 322)

COUNT DATE: 10/10/2019, (Day 21 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:50 – End: 18:20, Day Total: 10:30hrs, (To Date: 189:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen, Rick Robb
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Clear blue sky, Ridge winds calm, Migrating raptors low and slow.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -12, Max: +2
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 17:00-18:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 19, Sub-Adult: 10, Juvenile: 54, Unaged: 4, Total: 87, (To Date: 1313)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 3, Total: 3, (To Date: 38)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 7
– Ferruginous Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 98, (To Date: 1457)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 2xBAEA (A)
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CORAx2, AMROx3, RUGRx2, DEJUx16, KILLx1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: WT Deer x3 (1m,2f)
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 5, (To Date: 311)

COUNT DATE: 09/10/2019, (Day 20 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:30 – End: 19:20, Day Total: 10:50hrs, (To Date: 178:48hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Katherine Peterson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was the coldest day so far, with a start temperature of -8C, and a high of -2C. Fortunately there was almost no ground wind and the sun was warm. With low ridge winds, there was little expectation for much movement, but there was a steady stream throughout the day, totalling 75 GOEA.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -8, Max: -2
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: More than half the migrants passed through in the last three hours of the day, from 16:00 to 19:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 50, Sub-Adult: 4, Juvenile: 4, Unaged: 17, Total: 75, (To Date: 1226)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Total: 3, (To Date: 35)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 7)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 1
– Unidentified Accipiter: 1
– Red-tailed Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 83, (To Date: 1359)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flickers (yellow-shafted), 1 Black-billed Magpie, 1 Clark’s Nutcracker, 6 Common Ravens, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 3 American Robins, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 2 American Tree Sparrows, 3 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow, 1 Savannah Sparrow
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: No
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 2, (To Date: 306)

COUNT DATE: 08/10/2019, (Day 19 of 57)
NO OBSERVATION
OBSERVERS: Joel Duncan
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Another early fall snowfall that began overnight and continued throughout the day made counting impossible, unfortunately. I arrived at the site at 0800 and there was already 15cm of snow piled up! All peaks were heavily occluded. I departed the site at 1300 hours when it became apparent that the weather was unlikely to change within the next 6 hours.

COUNT DATE: 07/10/2019, (Day 18 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:50 – End: 18:35, Day Total: 10:45hrs, (To Date: 167:58hrs)
OBSERVERS: Dan Parliament, Joel Duncan
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: A good day for migration due to the windy conditions. Ground winds constant at 10-20 km with gusts up to 40 km per hr. All of the migrants took the Eastern route. Locating conditions were excellent, but the migrants flew very high and fast against a uniform gray cloud, which made aging very challenging. The first Golden Eagle was observed at 0920 and the last at 1658, as wind conditions dropped, and light rain commenced.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 7, Max: 13
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 10:00-13:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 46, Sub-Adult: 7, Juvenile: 7, Unaged: 43, Total: 103, (To Date: 1151)
– Bald Eagle: Juvenile: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 32)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 104, (To Date: 1276)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None Observed
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Minimal other birds due to high winds, Common Raven 7, Black-capped Chickadee 2, Black-billed Magpie, 1, Pine Siskin 1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: None Observed
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 7, (To Date: 304)

COUNT DATE: 06/10/2019, (Day 17 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:10 – End: 19:55, Day Total: 12:45hrs, (To Date: 157:13hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson, Glen Webber, Pat Farley, Graham Dunlop
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Mostly a beautiful, cloudless or almost cloudless day. Wind generally 5 to 10 or 15 km/h with gusts to 25. First Golden Eagle 09:28 and the last one at 19:27 (almost 20 minutes after sunset). A few were in the west and several went down the centre of the valley, but most were anywhere from low to very high over the Fisher Range.
TEMPERATURE: Min: +2, Max: +10
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 14:00-19:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 94, Sub-Adult: 5, Juvenile: 31, Unaged: 84, Total: 214, (To Date: 1048)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 31)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 2
– Rough-legged Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 219, (To Date: 1172)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Northern Goshawk
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Harlequin Duck, Orange-crowned Warbler
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Mourning Cloak butterfly
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 32, (To Date: 297)

COUNT DATE: 05/10/2019, (Day 16 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:45 – End: 07:05, Day Total: 23:20hrs, (To Date: 144:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Ruth Morrow, Karen Anderson, Kenley Bzdel
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Migration started off strong just after 9 am but slowed around 3 pm
TEMPERATURE: Min: 2, Max: 7
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The highest hour was 12:00 to 13:00 with 23 migrants
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 32, Sub-Adult: 10, Juvenile: 19, Unaged: 29, Total: 90, (To Date: 834)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 2, Total: 4, (To Date: 30)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 2, (To Date: 6)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 6
– Cooper’s Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 4
– Unidentified Accipiter: 1
– Rough-legged Hawk: 1
– Peregrine Falcon: 1
– Prairie Falcon: 1
– Unidentified Falcon: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 112, (To Date: 953)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Golden Eagle – 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1, Merlin – 1
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Common Loon: 5 migrating over the valley, Canada Jay: 5, Black-billed Magpie: 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet: 6, Brown Creeper: 1, Pine Siskin: 6, American Tree Sparrow: 1, Dark-eyed Junco
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: One bull moose crossed the river near the site in the afternoon
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 13, (To Date: 265)

COUNT DATE: 04/10/2019, (Day 15 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:00 – End: 19:40, Day Total: 11:40hrs, (To Date: 145:08hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Ronan Dugan, Graham Dunlop, Eric Langshaw, Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was a perfect day for migration. Strong upper level winds from the west produced a season-to-date high of 365 migrants, of which 337 were Golden Eagles. Starting shortly before 9am, there was a constant stream until a little before sunset, at 7:10pm. Fortunately there were several excellent observers on site in addition to the scheduled pair, since some eagles were moving overhead, as well as a few on the western ridge. The majority took the eastern route, but some were below ridge level and some very high – quite challenging.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -1, Max: 7
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Peak passage time was from 16:00 to 18:00, with 114 raptors.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 209, Sub-Adult: 32, Juvenile: 31, Unaged: 65, Total: 337, (To Date: 744)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 3, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 1, Total: 6, (To Date: 26)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 3, (To Date: 4)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Harrier: 1
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 10
– Cooper’s Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 4
– Unidentified Accipiter: 2
– Merlin: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 365, (To Date: 841)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 Cooper’s Hawk
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 Common Loon (flying south at ridge level), 4 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 25 Common Ravens, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 American Robin, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: A moose was munching on the willows across the river for a while, and then crossed the river close to us, to the delight of our visiting Scottish observer.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 70, (To Date: 252)

COUNT DATE: 03/10/2019, (Day 14 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:45 – End: 19:30, Day Total: (11:45hrs), To Date: (133:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen, Rick Robb
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Large bull Moose crossed the meadow in the morning.
TEMPERATURE: MIN: 0, MAX: 6
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The last period of the day from 19:00 to after sunset at 19:22 produced a high of 25 GOEAs.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:19, Sub-Adult:6, Juvenile:20, Unaged:35, Total:80, To Date:407
– Bald Eagle: Adult:1, Total:1, To Date:20
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (81), To Date: (476)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 11 CORA, 1 BBMA, 1 AMRO, 2 PIGR & 4 CEWA.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: One large bull Moose crossed the meadow in the morning.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (4), To Date: (182)

COUNT DATE: 02/10/2019, (Day 13 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:05 – End: 19:15, Day Total: (11:10hrs), To Date: (121:43hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Ronan Dugan
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: The day started quite cold and with no wind, so any movement of eagles involved much flapping initially. But gradually the clouds dissipated; still no wind, but the eagles were able to find thermals. Most interesting was seeing a Golden Eagle sitting at the ridge line on the Bumps. First seen at 8:45, it stayed there until 12:15. Shortly after finding that one, another one was seen sitting on the lower flanks of Olympic, but it only sat there for 25 minutes before heading south, with much flapping of wings.
TEMPERATURE: MIN: -4, MAX: 5
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Most migrants flew by in the late afternoon, from 15:00 to 18:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:30, Sub-Adult:2, Juvenile:10, Unaged:4, Total:46, ToDate:327
– Bald Eagle: Adult:3, Sub-Adult:1, Total:4, ToDate:19
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk:2
– Unidentified Accipiter:1
– Red-tailed Hawk:1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (54), To Date: (395)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Bald Eagle
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 2 Mountain Chickadees, 2 Boreal Chickadees, 4 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 6 Common Ravens, about 50 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 1 Savannah Sparrow (rare for this date), 25 European Starlings, 2 Pine Grosbeaks, 1 Ruffed Grouse (drumming!), 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 American Robin, 1 Northern Flicker
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: None
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (6), To Date: (178)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 01/10/2019, (Day 12 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:00 – End: 19:50, Day Total: (12:50hrs), To Date: (51:35hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson, Ronan Dugan
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: A beautiful, cloudless day with light wind.
TEMPERATURE: -8,+3
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 13:00-17:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:27, Sub-Adult:3 Juvenile:12, Unaged:6, Total:48
– Bald Eagle: Adult:2, Sub-Adult:2 Juvenile:3, Unaged:0, Total:0
– Unidentified Eagle: Total:0
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Harrier:2
– Sharp-shinned Hawk:5
– Red-tailed Hawk:2
– Unidentified Raptor:1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (65), To Date: (341)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Belted Kingfisher, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Nothing unusual.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (75), To Date: (172)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 30/09/2019, (Day 11 of 57)
TIME: Start: 12:00 – End: 19:25, Day Total: (07:25hrs), To Date: (50:10hrs)
OBSERVERS: PO: Lori Anderson AO: Ronan Dugan
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Today we had to wait until midday for the early winter snow storm to start clearing before we could begin the count. The day was unusually calm and the winds kept changing direction all day. The birds had to migrate with much soaring and flapping to get the altitude they needed to start gliding. I had the pleasure of working with Ronan Dugan who has come from Scotland to help us with the count and to discover the vast beauty of this land. It was a magical wintery autumn day with snow falling from every tree!
TEMPERATURE: Min:-2, Max:1
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The hour with the most migrants was from 14:00-15:00 when we had 13 raptors and the two hours following that were pretty good as well. From 15:00-16:00 there were 10 migrants and between 16:00-17:00 another 12 were observed.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:26, Sub-Adult:6 Juvenile:5, Unaged:5, Total:42
– Bald Eagle: Adult:0, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:0
– Unidentified Eagle: Total:0
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Osprey:1
– Sharp-shinned Hawk:1
– Northern Goshawk:2
– Rough-legged Hawk:1
– Unidentified Buteo:1
– Merlin:1
– Unidentified Falcon:2
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (51), To Date: (276)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 GOEA, 1 UF, 1 SSHA, 1 NOGO, 1 UF (large).
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 female Harlequin Duck, 1 Ruby Crowned Kinglet, 5 American Robins, 1 Varied Thrush, 1 Mountain Chicadee, 1 American Pipet, 6 Ravens, A flock of 4 Canada Geese to start the count and a flock of 13 to end it.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Two young white tailed deer stayed on and in the river for around 30 minutes. At the end of the day a number of Elk began to appear on the ski slopes including a very large bull.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (0), To Date: (97)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 29/09/2019, (Day 10 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:50 – End: 13:25, Day Total: (05:35hrs), To Date: (55:03hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Low stratus with constant light to moderate snow, about 25 cm of snow on the ground. Temperature minus 4 C. Wind light at the start but NNW to NE 5 to 10 gusting to 15 or 20 km/h after 9 am. Left early with no hope of improvement in the weather.
TEMPERATURE: -4, -4
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: No migrants at all.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (0), To Date: (225)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Belted Kingfisher, Pacific Wren, American Pipit, Varied Thrush, Clarke’s Nutcracker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: No mammals or butterflies.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (0), To Date: (97)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 28/09/2019, (Day 9 of 57)
NO OBSERVATION
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Pat Farley
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: No observation due to weather. With heavy snow forecast for the whole day there wouldn’t be any raptors migrating, so I decided not to go to the site

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 27/09/2019, (Day 8 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:45 – End: 13:10, Day Total: (05:25hrs), To Date: (73:58hrs)
OBSERVERS: PO: Caroline Lambert
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: On arrival, the higher peaks around Hay Meadows were covered by clouds, and conditions deteriorated from there. Observation was made for two hours at Hay Meadows, by which point all the ridges were obscured and heavy wet snow was falling. The count was continued at Lusk Creek, where the east side was clear until 13:10pm, when it started snowing and all the ridges were obscured.
TEMPERATURE: Min:0, Max:3
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Only one migrant was seen, at 12:20, over the ridge east of Lusk Creek.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:1, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:0
– Bald Eagle: Adult:0, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:0
– Unidentified Eagle: Total:0
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (1), To Date: (225)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: A couple of flocks of robins flew over the Lusk Creek site, totalling about 40. In addition, there was 1 Common Raven, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 4 boreal Chickadees, 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Varied Thrush, 5 Dark-eyed Juncos, and 3 White-crowned Sparrows
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: No other observations were made.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (0), To Date: (97)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 26/09/2019, (Day 7 of 57)
TIME: Start: 09:30 – End: 19:15, Day Total: (09:45hrs), To Date: (79:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen, Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Today brought steadily declining weather. A lovely morning turned to wind, rain and snow as a front moved through at approximately 13:00. The site was not opened until 09:30 due to vehicle difficulties.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 2, Max: 10
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: N/A only 2 migrants seen today
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:0, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:0
– Bald Eagle: Adult:0, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:0
– Unidentified Eagle: Total:0
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Cooper’s Hawk:1
– Unidentified Buteo:1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (2), To Date: (224)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: N/A
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Belted Kingfisher, Blue Jay
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 14 elk (13 cows, 1 bull) were present most of the day on the lower slopes of Nakiska.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (1), To Date: (97)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 25/09/2019, (Day 6 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:45 – End: 18:20, Day Total: (10:35hrs), To Date: (69:33hrs)
OBSERVERS: Arnie Weisbrot, Elly Weisbrot, Ed McCulloch (1300 – 1715)
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Nice warm mostly sunny day, with enough birds to keep us entertained. The day started slowly but eventually peaked in the 1500 to 1600 hour with 18 migrating raptors. During that hour, we saw a group of seven Golden Eagles very close together, but not obviously associated. A juvenile bird in the group apparently came too close to an adult which elicited a prompt response. Our last bird was at 1605, and we were pretty burned out from three days in a row, so we stopped observation at 1820 after a couple of very boring hours. The weather had also worsened with diminished and somewhat variable high-level winds.
TEMPERATURE: Min:1, Max:12
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Most hours had one to three migrants, except for 1500 to 1600 with 18 migrating raptors. After 1605, we had none!
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:35, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:3, Unaged:1, Total:39
– Bald Eagle: Adult:1, Sub-Adult:0 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:1
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk:1
– Merlin:1
– Unidentified Raptor:1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (43), To Date: (222)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Six Double-crested Cormorants, soaring above the valley center, apparently migrating. Two White-crowned Sparrows.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: On our second day as Co-PO, we felt much more confident and comfortable.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (11), To Date: (96)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 24/09/2019, (Day 5 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:40 – End: 19:05, Day Total: (11:25hrs), To Date: (58:58hrs)
OBSERVERS: Arnie Weisbrot, Elly Weisbrot, Dennis Tostowaryk (1615 – 1830)
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: This was our first “solo flight” as co-Principal Observer and was a very good day for us. Weather was generally sunny and moderately warm (8 to 11 Celsius) with occasional very brief showers. Not having a lot of comparison, we thought our count of 41 Golden Eagles was good. We very much enjoyed the assistance of Dennis Tostowaryk who is a good observer.
TEMPERATURE: N/A
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The day started fairly slowly with the first migrant at 0955. The winds gradually picked up and the count increased correspondingly until the peak of 14 migrants between 1700 and 1800.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:29, Sub-Adult:1 Juvenile:1, Unaged:10, Total:41
– Bald Eagle: Adult:2, Sub-Adult:1 Juvenile:0, Unaged:0, Total:3
– Unidentified Eagle: 1
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Red-tailed Hawk: 1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (46), To Date: (179)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Not sure, probably 1
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: None
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Most Golden Eagles were Adults, with several probably-mated pairs. As a “”mated pair”” of co-Principal Observers, we enjoyed seeing them.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (7), To Date: (85)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 23/09/2019, (Day 4 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:20 – End: 19:38, Day Total: (12:18hrs), To Date: (47:33hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Dan Parliament, Arnie and Elly Weisbrot
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Strong winds persisted at ground level throughout the day, making the mild temperatures (high of 14) seem cold. The strong winds at ridge level all day was favourable for a moderate raptor migration, with most of the eagles gliding high above the Fisher range with little or no soaring or flapping.
TEMPERATURE: N/A
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The first eagles were observed around 11:30am, and there was a steady trickle from then until the end of the day.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:14, Sub-Adult:3 Juvenile:7, Unaged:13, Total:37
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Harrier:2
– Sharp-shinned Hawk:1
– Merlin:1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (41), To Date: (133)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Golden Eagle
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 42 migrating American Robins, 2 American Tree Sparrows (first of season for all of us), 10 Boreal Chickadees in a single tree was unusual, 4 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 1 Wilson’s Snipe, 33 Canada Geese, 2 American Pipits, 6 Common Ravens, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 2 Pine Siskins, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Ruffed Grouse
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: For a while there was a moose munching on the willows just across the river.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (13), To Date: (78)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 22/09/2019, (Day 3 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:30 – End: 19:45, Day Total: (12:15hrs), To Date: (35:15hrs)
OBSERVERS: Lori Anderson, Rosmary Power, Eric Langshaw
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: When I arrived at the site at dawn I was greeted by two white-tailed deer that had come to drink at the river. They quickly exited stage right vaulting gracefully across the meadow and into the trees. The weather conditions were seemly ideal for a great migrating day and it was a wonderful day but the count was just normal for this time of year. The temperature reached a balmy 19C at 14:00
TEMPERATURE: N/A
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The afternoon between two and six saw the most abundant influx of migrant raptors when 12 flew over the site.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:3, Sub-adult 3, Juvenile 3 Age unknown: 2, Total:11
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1 , Age unknown: 1, Total: 2
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Coopers Hawk: 1
– Red-tailed Hawk Dark-morf: 1
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 3
– Northern Goshawk: 1
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (19), To Date: (92)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Other raptors that stayed in the area were 2 Northern Goshawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Coopers Hawk and an unidentifiable Buteo that dive-bombed into the trees in front of Mount McGillivray.
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 53 American Robins, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Mountain Chickadee, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 8 Common Ravens, 4 Common Mergansers, 3 Clarks Nutcrackers.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Many mourning cloak butterflies and painted lady butterflies danced all around. Early in the day a young female white-tailed deer came rushing across the meadow in distress fleeing from a probable predator. About 30 minutes later I saw her stumbling on stones in the river as she made her way back towards the meadow still showing signs of distress.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (21), To Date: (65)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 21/09/2019, (Day 2 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:45 – End: 20:00, Day Total: (12:15hrs), To Date: (23:00hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Glenn Webber
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was a beautiful day with a high of +20 around 16:00-17:00 and a low of +1 in the morning. Light conditions were excellent for most of the day but lack of cloud in the evening sometimes made spotting difficult. Most migrants were detected on the east side of the valley above Patrick and the Fisher Range. We had a surprisingly high number of migrant golden eagles for the second day of the count.
TEMPERATURE: N/A
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Highest single hour was 18:00-19:00 (18 migrants: 17 Golden Eagles, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk)
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:9, Sub-adult: 14, Juvenile: 21, Indeterminate: 16, Total:60
– Bald Eagle: Sub-adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Total:60
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Harrier: 1
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 3 (Indeterminate)
– Cooper’s Hawk: 1 (Indeterminate)
– Indeterminate Accipiter: 2
– Red-Tailed Hawk: 2 (Light Adult calurus)
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (71), To Date: (73)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Golden Eagle: 2 adult & juvenile (gliding north from Patrick at 18: 34), Bald Eagle: 1 adult, Northern Goshawk: 1 juvenile, Red-tailed Hawk: 1 light adult
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Hairy Woodpecker: 1, Northern Flicker: 1, Canada Jay: 1, Black-billed Magpie: 1, Clark’s Nutcracker: 4 (flying high up on Patrick), Barn Swallow: 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 4, Brown Creeper: 1, American Robin: 54 (42 in one flock), Cedar Waxwing: 3, Lincoln’s Sparrow: 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler: 5
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: White-tailed Deer: 2, chipmunk: 1, butterflies: mourning cloak and painted lady
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (27), To Date: (44)

RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT – Public Summary: 20/09/2019, (Day 1 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:15 – End: 18:00, Day Total: (10:45hrs), To Date: (10:45hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Eric Langshaw, Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Today was the first day of the autumn 2019 count. In addition to scanning the sky, we were busy setting up the site. The day was mild (high 14C) with a succession of rain shower and a gorgeous rainbow. Heavy rain and cloud obscuring the ridges drove us out at 18:00
TEMPERATURE: N/A
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The only migrants were a pair of adult Golden Eagles seen at 7:43am.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult:2, Total:2
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None
NUMBER OF MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: (2), To Date: (2)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk (carrying prey)
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: A flock of 47 American robins, 1 ruffed grouse drumming (heard)
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 4 elk, mourning cloak butterflies and painted lady butterflies were seen
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: (17), To Date: (17)

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