RMERF 2019 FALL COUNT Public Summary

COUNT DATE: 13/11/2019, (Day 55 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:30 – End: 17:10, Day Total: 09:40hrs, (To Date: 531:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Caroline Lambert, Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Clear and calm day. 7 migrating raptors only. Closing on last day of observation for this Fall migration.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -5, Max: +3
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 15-16:00 ( 3 GOEA )
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 4, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 0, Total: 5, (To Date: 2388)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 2, Total: 2, (To Date: 146)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 7, (To Date: 2723)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: HAWO-1, CAJA-3, CORA-23, KILL-1, BCCH-3, MOCH-1, PIGR-1.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Red Squirrels-3, Tracks ( fresh ) – Moose-1, WTD-3.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 28, (To Date: 793)
COUNT DATE: 12/11/2019, (Day 54 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:10 – End: 17:10, Day Total: 10:00hrs, (To Date: 521:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson and Sandy Graham
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Mountains obscured in light to occasionally moderate snow, ending around 11:00. Ridges still partially and variably obscured most of the afternoon, but clear by the end of the day. Ground winds mostly 5 – 10 km/h, maximum gust 20 km/h. Ridge winds SW 13 to 30 km/h.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -3, Max: 0
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: No migrants.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 0, (To Date: 2716)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 Northern Pygmy-owl (highlight of the day!), 2 Mallards, 2 Common Goldeneye, 1 Killdeer, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 American Dippers, 10 raven sightings, 3 Canada Jays, 1 starling.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Nothing of note.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 7, (To Date: 765)
COUNT DATE: 11/11/2019, (Day 53 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:25 – End: 16:45, Day Total: 08:20hrs, (To Date: 511:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Dan Parliament, Graeme Dunlop
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Clear day with Cs developing in afternoon. Strong SSW winds on Kananaskis Ridge, with gusts up to 104 km. Snow was blowing off from all ridges around. Raptors were migrating between 12 and 15:00 hrs only.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -17, Max: -3
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 12-13:00 and 14-15:00 ( 3 raptors in each hour )
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 1, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 2, Unaged: 1, Total: 4, (To Date: 2383)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Total: 2, (To Date: 144)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 7, (To Date: 2716)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CAJA-4, CORA-16, BCCH-2, DEJU-1, EUST-2.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Red Squirrels – 2 and more tracks, WTD-3 ( tracks )
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 29, (To Date: 758)
COUNT DATE: 10/11/2019, (Day 52 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:50 – End: 17:15, Day Total: 09:25hrs, (To Date: 503:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Snow until about 11:00, with the mountains very hazy to completely invisible. After that, it cleared off surprisingly quickly. Wind generally 5 to 10 sometimes gusting to 15 or 20 km/h.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -12, Max: -10
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: All six migrant eagles were seen between 12:30 and 15:10
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 1, Sub-Adult: Juvenile: Unaged: Total: 1, (To Date: 2379)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 3, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Total: 5, (To Date: 142)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 6, (To Date: 2709)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Swan – flock of 12 with 3 Canada Geese; one late flock of 50 Canada Geese; one flock of 35 Mallards (all of the above flying south high up); 1 Common Merganser flying north; 3 Canada Jays; 1 magpie; 5 Common Ravens; 1 starling; 1 Pine Grosbeak; 1 Snow Bunting.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Nothing of note.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 9, (To Date: 729)
COUNT DATE: 09/11/2019, (Day 51 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:20 – End: 13:45, Day Total: 05:25hrs, (To Date: 493:53hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Sandy Graham
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: At the start of observation it was -1 with wind gusting up to 25 from the north. Thick fog hung over the north side of the valley but the sky was clear above the site. The fog moved in over the course of the morning. By 13:00 it had cooled to -4, and fog obscured all ridges for the rest of the day. We left the site at 13:45 but I lingered in the area until 16:30 in case it cleared up. No migrant raptors were seen.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -4, Max: -1
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: No migrants
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 0, (To Date: 2703)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: N/A
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Common Merganser: 3, Ruffed Grouse: 1, Killdeer: 1, American Dipper: 1, Pine Siskin: 1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: White-tailed Deer: 2
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 0, (To Date: 720)
COUNT DATE: 08/11/2019, (Day 50 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:10 – End: 17:20, Day Total: 09:10hrs, (To Date: 488:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Cliff Hansen
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was unusually warm (9C) all day and very windy. The ridges were clear, and with the wind from the west, migration conditions were excellent. Our expectations were high, but reality fell far short with just four migrants.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 7, Max: 9
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Half of the four migrants passed by at 12:55.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 1, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 0, Total: 2, (To Date: 2378)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 137)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 4, (To Date: 2703)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: One Bald Eagle, one Common Goshawk
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: We were entertained by an American Dipper that caught a small fish, a Hairy Woodpecker that pecked at the driftwood in front of us, and a Killdeer that complained loudly. Four Canada Jays came to check us out. Other than that, there were the usual Common Ravens (at least 5), a Black-billed Magpie, a Black-capped Chickadee, a couple each of Mountain and Boreal Chickadees, a few Pine Siskins, and a half dozen Bohemian Waxwings.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: A moth was flying around.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 2, (To Date: 720)
COUNT DATE: 07/11/2019, (Day 49 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:50 – End: 17:20, Day Total: 09:30hrs, (To Date: 479:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen and Rick Robb
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Cloud cover varied from 90% Ac with a high thin Ci to 100% Cu and high thin Ci to noon then reducing to 30% cover at sunset. Temperatures warmed from a low of -8 at 9:00 to +2 at 15:00 then cooled to -1 at sunset. Ground wind were light and variable all day increasing from calm to a max of 5-10 kph with only one gust before 14:00 to 15 kph. A chinook arch became apparent after 15:00. Ridge winds prior to the arch appeared to be light from the west. After the arch, ridge winds strengthened to moderate from the southwest as indicated by the pluming snow.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -8, Max: +2
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 16:00 – 17:00 produced 5 GOEAs.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 7, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 2, Unaged: 3, Total: 13, (To Date: 2376)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 14, (To Date: 2699)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: One adult BAEA that perched on a tree near the pump houses and remained there for much of the afternoon.
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CORA x 9, BBMA x 1, CAJA x 3, RUBL x 1 and ATSP x 1.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: White-tailed Deer x 2 and Red Squirrel x 1.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 6, (To Date: 718)
COUNT DATE: 06/11/2019, (Day 48 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:30 – End: 17:00, Day Total: 09:30hrs, (To Date: 469:48hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Brian McBride
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Clear and sunny day with morning temperature -18C and highest -6C.Calm in the valley, mild wind on ridges ( up to 27 km from WSW on Nakiska Ridge ). 8 migrating raptors mainly between 13-15 hrs over Fisher Range.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -18, Max: -6
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 13:00-14:00 and 14:00-15:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 2, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 2, Total: 5, (To Date: 2363)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 2, Total: 2, (To Date: 136)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 2685)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CNGO-10, DOWO-1, CORA-6, CAJA-3, CORE-4
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Tracks of 2 WTD, Red Squirrel-5,
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 712)
COUNT DATE: 05/11/2019, (Day 47 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:30 – End: 13:10, Day Total: 05:40hrs, (To Date: 460:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Both sides of the valley were almost invisible in cloud and falling snow all morning, and the forecast was for this to continue into the night. Wind generally NNE 5 to 10 km/h with maximum gust 26 km/h. I left the site at noon and left the area at 13:00, checking Lusk Creek on the way out (also socked in). Brian McBride was staying overnight in the area and said if the weather improved he’d monitor any migration. (Thanks, Brian!)
TEMPERATURE: Min: -2, Max: -1
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: No migrants.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 0, (To Date: 2677)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None.
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 American Dipper, 4 Common Ravens, 3 Starlings, 1 American Tree Sparrow.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Nothing of note.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 1, (To Date: 704)
COUNT DATE: 04/11/2019, (Day 46 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:00 – End: 16:50, Day Total: 08:50hrs, (To Date: 454:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Dan Parliament
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Relatively calm day in valley with lot of Stratus / fog on ridges. West and east was completely covered in morning hours and in late afternoon. Observed 8 GOEA only. All were migrating over Fisher Range.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -8, Max: +1
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Between 14-15:00 hrs – 5 migrating GOEA
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 7, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 0, Unaged: 1, Total: 8, (To Date: 2358)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 2677)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CORA-12, BCCH-13, BOCH-1, MOCH-2, RUGR-1, CAJA-3, DOWO-1, PIWO-2, RCKI-1, EUST-1, PIGR-3, SNBU-8.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Wolf tracks, Coyote 1 and 2 sets of tracks, Elk and WTD tracks.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 20, (To Date: 703)
COUNT DATE: 03/11/2019, (Day 45 of 57)
TIME: Start: 06:50 – End: 13:00, Day Total: 06:10hrs, (To Date: 445:48hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Eastern ranges clear at sunrise, but both sides of the valley were obscured in snow by about 09:00 and remained so. With the snow forecast to continue into the night, I packed it in at 13:00.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -2, Max: 0
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: No migrants.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 0, (To Date: 2669)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None.
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: The only birds were one American Dipper (twice), five ravens and one vocal flyover that was either a Pine Siskin or a redpoll.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Nothing of note.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 0, (To Date: 683)
COUNT DATE: 02/11/2019, (Day 44 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:35 – End: 17:50, Day Total: 09:15hrs, (To Date: 439:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Eric Langshaw, Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was a slow day despite what seemed like good flying conditions
TEMPERATURE: Min: -3, Max: 5
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 8 of the day’s 10 migrants passed between 13:00 and 15:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 5, Sub-Adult: Juvenile: Unaged: Total: 5, (To Date: 2350)
– Bald Eagle: Juvenile: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 134)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 24)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 1
– Merlin: 1
– Unidentified Raptor: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 10, (To Date: 2669)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Bald Eagle: 1
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: European Starling: 1, American Robin: 1, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch: 10, Common Redpoll: 3, Pine Siskin: 1, American Tree Sparrow: 1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Bull Moose: 1
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 683)
COUNT DATE: 01/11/2019, (Day 43 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:35 – End: 18:35, Day Total: 10:00hrs, (To Date: 430:23hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Pat Farley
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: The day started out cold, but with clear skies and no ground wind. Snow was blowing off the ridges, though, making good conditions for migration right from the start. A steady trickle of birds was seen throughout the day.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -13, Max: 1
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Although there were migrants passing through every hour, the period from 13:00 to 16:00 was slightly busier than at other times.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 10, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 4, Unaged: 6, Total: 21, (To Date: 2345)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 5, Juvenile: 2, Total: 7, (To Date: 133)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 23)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 30, (To Date: 2659)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 4 CAJA, 15 CORA, 2 BCCH, 2 MOCH, 2 PISI, 5 SNBU
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Nothing
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 5, (To Date: 675)
COUNT DATE: 31/10/2019, (Day 42 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:20 – End: 18:20, Day Total: 10:00hrs, (To Date: 408:23hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen, Rick Robb and Graham Dunlop
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was a cold but rather pleasant day. Ground winds were light increasing to 5-15 kph by 17:00 then decreasing. Cloud cover increased from 30% Sc and Cu to about 70% Cu by noon and remained so until sunset. Ridge winds appeared to be light as there was no apparent drifting of the fog generated by snow making on the ski hill but the Cu above drifted at a moderate rate from the NW. the first migrant, a GOEA appeared at 10:45 on the west side of the valley. GOEA migration increase steadily until 15:00 (18 seen between 14:00 & 15:00) then decreased with the last GOEA passing at 15:37. After that three BAEAs passed by. Most used the traditional route from Lorette – Patrick – Fisher Range. The the winds did present problems for them. Many did glide by high (difficult to age against bright cloud) but many others flapped by low across the face of the Fisher Range. Rick and I appreciated the able assistance provided by Graham Dunlop whose amazing eyes first spotted many of the high fliers.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -8, Max: 0
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Most migrants passed by between 14:00 – 15:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 30, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: Unaged: 14, Total: 45, (To Date: 2324)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 3, Total: 3, (To Date: 126)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 48, (To Date: 2629)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: GOSH
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CORA x 10, CAJA x 2, DOWO, HAWO, COME x 3 (m), and AMDI x 2.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Red Squirrels x 2
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 4, (To Date: 670)
COUNT DATE: 30/10/2019, (Day 41 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:00 – End: 18:10, Day Total: 10:10hrs, (To Date: 398:23hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Eric Langshaw
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Clear with increasing and thickening of Cirrus. No strong wind on rigges till late afternoon. From -16C to -2.5C. Ground wind mainly from SW up to 20 km/hr. Very quiet from birds activity point of view. Migrating eagles after 14:20 hrs.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -16, Max: -2.5
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 2 raptors between 14-15 hrs and 16-17 hrs.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 2, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 1, Total: 4, (To Date: 2279)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 22)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 6, (To Date: 2581)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CAJA-3, CORA-11
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: WTD-2, BHS-2,
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 17, (To Date: 666)
COUNT DATE: 29/10/2019, (Day 40 of 57)
TIME: Start: 09:00 – End: 18:35, Day Total: 09:35hrs, (To Date: 388:13hrs)
OBSERVERS: Dan Parliament, Cliff Hansen
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: A bone chilling start to the day at minus 23 C. Fortunately for the observers minimal ground wind and full sunshine mitigated against the cold. Unfortunately for migrant raptors, the low winds resulted in poor flying conditions. The first GOEA migrant was at 1420 hrs, and tracked low across Patrick. The Grade 8 class from John Ware School in Calgary stopped for a brief orientation as part of their 3 day outdoor education class.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -23, Max: -5
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 16:00-17:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 11, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 2, Unaged: Total: 14, (To Date: 2275)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 4, Total: 4, (To Date: 123)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Rough-legged Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 19, (To Date: 2575)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Adult BAEA 1
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Mall 5, BCCH 2, MOCH 1, CORA 8, CAJA 3, DOWO 1, HAWP 1, DEJU (Slate) 1, EUST 2
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Coyote 1, Red Squirrel 1
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 51, (To Date: 649)
COUNT DATE: 28/10/2019, (Day 39 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:20 – End: 16:15, Day Total: 07:55hrs, (To Date: 378:38hrs)
OBSERVERS: George Halmazna, Dan Parliament
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Cold, windy, snowing all day. Reduced visibility. 8 migrating raptors only. 100% Stratus / snow. Left early after increasing of snow and loosing visibility in late afternoon.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -18, Max: -10
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 11:00-12:00 and 13:00-14;00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 2261)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 2, Sub-Adult: 3, Total: 5, (To Date: 119)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 2
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 2556)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CNGO-104, MALL-327, COGO-33, CAJA-4,CORA-9, BCCH-3, MOCH-3, GCKI-1, BOWA-52, PIGR-1.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: WTDeer-3, Red Squirrel-4, Meadow Vole-1.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 2, (To Date: 598)
COUNT DATE: 27/10/2019, (Day 38 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:45 – End: 19:00, Day Total: 11:15hrs, (To Date: 370:43hrs)
OBSERVERS: Bill Wilson, Lori Anderson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: 90% to 100% altostratus, often with weak to moderate sun showing through. Winds generally less than about 10 km/h. Only eleven raptors were seen up to 4:25 pm, but then things picked up nicely.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -7, Max: 0
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 26 of the 37 migrant raptors were seen in the hour and three-quarters from 16:26 to 18:11.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 16, Sub-Adult: 2, Juvenile: 3, Unaged: 1, Total: 22, (To Date: 2260)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 7, Sub-Adult: 2, Juvenile: 2, Unaged: 1, Total: 12, (To Date: 114)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
– Rough-legged Hawk: 2
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 37, (To Date: 2548)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CAGO 311, MALL 100, HAWO 1, AMDI 2, BCCH 3, MOCH 5, GCKI 2, CAJA 4, CORA 6, PISI 1, PIGR 3.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 3 White-tailed Deer.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 14, (To Date: 596)
COUNT DATE: 26/10/2019, (Day 37 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:40 – End: 18:20, Day Total: 09:40hrs, (To Date: 359:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Karen Anderson
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It snowed starting around 11 am. When we noticed some clearing to the north we moved to Lusk Creek from 16:00 to the end of the day.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -4, Max: -1
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: Seven migrants were counted at Hay Meadow between 9:00 and 11:00, before the snow arrived. No others were seen until late in the day when 14 migrants were recorded at Lusk Creek between 16:00 and 18:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 2, Sub-Adult: Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 2, Total: 5, (To Date: 2238)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 5, Juvenile: 2, Unaged: 4, Total: 11, (To Date: 102)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 21)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 3
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 21, (To Date: 2511)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Rough-legged Hawk: 1
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Pileated Woodpecker: 1, Hairy Woodpecker: 1, American Dipper: 1, Bohemian Waxwing: 12, Pine Grosbeak: 1, Common Redpoll: 1, Pine Siskin: 1,
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: N/A
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 1, (To Date: 582)
COUNT DATE: 25/10/2019, (Day 36 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:40 – End: 19:00, Day Total: 10:20hrs, (To Date: 349:48hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Brian McBride
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: The day started with warm and exceptionally strong winds at ground and presumably ridge level. Nearly half the day’s birds passed by before 11am. But then a cold front came in bringing some light rain and a negative temperature gradient. We were undecided about packing it in – the wind at ground level was swirling around so there was no good shelter from the rain. However, we stuck it out and were rewarded with 10 more eagles between when the rain ended and before it got dark.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 3, Max: 11
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: After the rain ended around 17:00 to about 18:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 9, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 0, Unaged: 9, Total: 18, (To Date: 2233)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 20)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 19, (To Date: 2490)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 2 Golden Eagles flew north along the Fisher Range and then crossed the valley to Collembola where they disappeared in the low clouds.
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 2 RUGR, 4 CAJA, 5 CORA, 4 MOCH, 2 AMDI, 10 BOWA, 2 PISI
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: None
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 4, (To Date: 581)
COUNT DATE: 24/10/2019, (Day 35 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:45 – End: 18:45, Day Total: 10:00hrs, (To Date: 339:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen and Rick Robb
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Chinook conditions prevailed all day. Ground wind were light from generally the south until noon then gradually increased and changed to the southwest and were 5 to 20 gusting to 40 kph at sunset. Ridge winds were strong from the west. Most raptors were high and often difficult to age against bright clouds. Rick and I thank Graham, Jim and Denis for invaluable assistance in spotting many very high birds.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 2, Max: 10
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 16:00 – 17:00 with 16 GOEA and one SSHA.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 62, Sub-Adult: 2, Juvenile: 3, Unaged: 22, Total: 89, (To Date: 2215)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 6
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 95, (To Date: 2471)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 0
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: DEJU x 2, AMDI x 1, CAJA x 4, CORA x 5, BBMA x 1, BOWA x 30, NOSK x 1, HAWO x 1 and one “”V”” of migrating geese, probably CAGO.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: White-tailed Deer x 2.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 10, (To Date: 577)
COUNT DATE: 23/10/2019, (Day 34 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:30 – End: 18:40, Day Total: 10:10hrs, (To Date: 329:28hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Brian McBride
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was a slow day with almost nothing moving, in spite of apparently strong ridge winds. Perhaps winds from the northwest do not suit them for migration, although the few raptors we saw didn’t seem to be having much trouble moving south. The flock of Bohemian Waxwings, which was in the vicinity all day, was a nice distraction from the lack of raptors.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -3, Max: 4
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The few migrants that passed by were scattered throughout the day.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 5, Sub-Adult: 0, Juvenile: 0, Unaged: 0, Total: 5, (To Date: 2126)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 2, Sub-Adult: 1, Total: 3, (To Date: 91)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 2
– Rough-legged Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 11, (To Date: 2376)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 NOGO
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 60 Canada Geese flying south, 1 HAWO, 4 CAJA, 1 BBMA, 8 CORA, 2 BCCH, 4 MOCH, 1 BOCH, 2 AMDI, 30 BOWA, 6 ATSP, 6 DEJU
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Brian saw an American Mink scamper by while I was checking out the tree sparrows
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 2, (To Date: 567)”
COUNT DATE: 22/10/2019, (Day 33 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:15 – End: 18:50, Day Total: 10:35hrs, (To Date: 319:18hrs)
OBSERVERS: Dan Parliament, Sandy Graham
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: A quiet day for migration with 11 Golden Eagles and one Bald Eagle. Conditions were somewhat blustery with low cloud and occasional brief snow flurries.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 6, Max: 8
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 16:00-17:00, three GOEAs
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 5, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 4, Total: 11, (To Date: 2121)
– Bald Eagle: Juvenile: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 88)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 12, (To Date: 2365)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Adult Bald Eagle, Unaged Northern Goshawk
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: COME 2, CORA 7, MOCH 3, CAJA 4, BOWA 25, DEJU 1, AMDI 1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: None
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 17, (To Date: 565)
COUNT DATE: 21/10/2019, (Day 32 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:00 – End: 19:00, Day Total: 11:00hrs, (To Date: 308:43hrs)
OBSERVERS: Lori Anderson, Cliff Hansen
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: This was a very odd day. My first bird was like a bad omen. It was a single Raven kiting over the summit of Mt. Lorette in a frozen standstill staring west . The count for the day indeed ended up being extremely low. It may be that the upper WNW winds were not favorable for southerly flying. The Ravens seemed very happy though to have free reign of the valley and formed in endless murders of up to 13 throughout the day. Ravens were everywhere and in every direction. One even flew over us showing off it´s imitation Pygmy Owl call. If it weren´t for them, the large flock of Bohemian Waxwings that spent the day flying to and fro, and the 4 friendly Canada Jays that kept us entertained, the day would have passed very slowly.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -3, Max: 4
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The period between 11:00 and 12:00 gave us a high count for the day of 3 migrants.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 3, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: Unaged: 2, Total: 6, (To Date: 2110)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Total: 1, (To Date: 87)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Harrier: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 2353)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 Northern Shrike, 4 Canada Jays, 30 Bohemian Waxwings,1 Mountain Chickadee, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 American Dipper and 20 Common Ravens.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 1 Red Squirrel.
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 8, (To Date: 548)
COUNT DATE: 20/10/2019, (Day 31 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:15 – End: 19:00, Day Total: 10:45hrs, (To Date: 297:43hrs)
OBSERVERS: Lori Anderson and Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Today was a very interesting day with quite a diverse selection of raptors and other birds with activity from sunrise to sunset. At the break of dawn the first four Goldens appeared and made their way south and there was a steady flow of migrators all day except for a lull from 3-4 when none appeared. A large number seemed to come up from Wasootch and appeared north of the Fisher range. The Goshawks were unusually vocal and active today.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -5, Max: +3
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The largest number of migrants appeared between 12:00 and 15:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 38, Sub-Adult: 6, Juvenile: 7, Unaged: 6, Total: 57, (To Date: 2104)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Sub-Adult: 2, Juvenile: 3, Total: 6, (To Date: 86)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 3, (To Date: 19)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
– Cooper’s Hawk: 1
– Northern Goshawk: 1
– Unidentified Accipiter: 1
– Red-tailed Hawk: 2
– Rough-legged Hawk: 1
– Prairie Falcon: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 75, (To Date: 2345)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 GOEA, 2 NOGO
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 4 Canada Jays, 3 Common Mergansers, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Mountain Chickadee, 3 Boreal Chickadees, 3 Golden Crowned Kinglets, 1 American Dipper, 30 Bohemian Waxwings, 11 Common Ravens, 2 Dark-eyed Juncos, 5 European Starlings.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 2 White-Tailed Deer, 1 Red Squirrel
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 40, (To Date: 540)
COUNT DATE: 19/10/2019, (Day 30 of 57)
TIME: Start: 07:55 – End: 18:45, Day Total: 10:50hrs, (To Date: 286:58hrs)
OBSERVERS: Blake Weis, Ruth Morrow
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Snow was threatened to blow in from the north and west before 10 AM and after 17:00 but only a few flakes fell at Hay Meadow. Migration was slow much of the day despite decent conditions, most raptors moved through in the last few hours. Most migrants were on the eastern ridges, a few bald eagles flew above the valley and none used the western ridges. There was a surprisingly high number of bald eagles relative to the total count.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 0, Max: 6
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 20 of the day’s 50 migrants passed between 17:00 and 18:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 8, Sub-Adult: 4, Juvenile: 3, Unaged: 6, Total: 21, (To Date: 2047)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 14, Sub-Adult: 4, Juvenile: 6, Total: 24, (To Date: 80)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 1, (To Date: 16)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 3
– Rough-legged Hawk: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 50, (To Date: 2270)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Bald Eagle: 3
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: Ruffed Grouse: 2, Northern Shrike: 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet: 16, Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1, American Dipper: 1, American Robin: 2, Bohemian Waxwing: 65, Pine Grosbeak: 3, Pine Siskin: 1, Lapland Longspur: 1, American Tree Sparrow: 1, Rusty Blackbird: 1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 1 Mountain goat on top of Mt. Lorette, 1 least chipmunk
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 24, (To Date: 500)
COUNT DATE: 18/10/2019, (Day 29 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:55 – End: 18:40, Day Total: 09:45hrs, (To Date: 276:08hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Cliff Hansen, Jim St. Laurent
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: The day started with both ridges obscured, and with some drizzle, and ended with most of the ridges obscured and sleet. In between it was cool and windy, but the ridges were clear. The eagles flew from when the drizzle stopped shortly after sunrise until the clouds closed in again, just before sunset, all above the eastern ridge, and many very high.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 3, Max: 7
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The flow was mostly steady throughout the day, with slightly more from 15:00 to 16:00.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 67, Sub-Adult: 4, Juvenile: 6, Unaged: 26, Total: 103, (To Date: 2026)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 3, Sub-Adult: 1, Unaged: 2, Total: 6, (To Date: 56)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 3, (To Date: 15)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 3
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 115, (To Date: 2220)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: 1 GOEA
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 Mountain Chickadee, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 3 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 10 Common Ravens, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 20 Bohemian Waxwings, 1 Northern Shrike
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: None
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 12, (To Date: 476)
COUNT DATE: 17/10/2019, (Day 28 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:00 – End: 19:15, Day Total: 11:15hrs, (To Date: 266:23hrs)
OBSERVERS: Cliff Hansen and Rick Robb
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: Except for a period between 11:45 and 12:34 when the ridges occluded and light rain fell, Chinook conditions prevailed.
TEMPERATURE: Min: +6, Max: +8
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 15:00-16:00 and 17:00-18-00 were the periods with most migrants with 7 in each.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 21, Sub-Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 4, Total: 27, (To Date: 1923)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Rough-legged Hawk: 2
– Unidentified Buteo: 1
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 30, (To Date: 2105)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: One non-migrant BAEA was spotted being harassed by Ravens in the early part of the day.
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 6xCORA, 2xCAJA, 1xDOWO, 4xBOWA & 1xAMRO.
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: 3xRed Squirrels
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 60, (To Date: 464)
COUNT DATE: 16/10/2019, (Day 27 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:15 – End: 19:00, Day Total: 10:45hrs, (To Date: 255:08hrs)
OBSERVERS: Caroline Lambert, Eric Langshaw, Rosemary Power
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: It was another tough day for migrating eagles. Gusty winds seemed to make their flight paths unpredictable, and many looked like they were on a roller coaster, often going below ridge level even though the winds looked strong. At ground level we experienced an unusually warm day in spite of wind gusts up to 30kph.
TEMPERATURE: Min: 2, Max: 11
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: The highest hourly count was 11:00-12:00. Expectations for a high count for the day did not materialize, though.
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 38, Sub-Adult: 8, Juvenile: 8, Unaged: 14, Total: 68, (To Date: 1896)
– Bald Eagle: Adult: 1, Juvenile: 1, Unaged: 1, Total: 3, (To Date: 50)
– Unidentified Eagle: Total: 2, (To Date: 12)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Northern Goshawk: 2
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 75, (To Date: 2075)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: None
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 3 Canada Jays, 6 Common Ravens or more, 1 Mountain Chickadee, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 American Dipper, 30 Bohemian Waxwings
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: A couple of Mourning Cloak butterflies were seen
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 6, (To Date: 404)
COUNT DATE: 15/10/2019, (Day 26 of 57)
TIME: Start: 08:10 – End: 18:55, Day Total: 10:45hrs, (To Date: 244:23hrs)
OBSERVERS: Dan Parliament, Sandy Graham
DESCRIPTION OF DAY: A great day for eagle observation. A strong movement of 154 Golden Eagles, commencing at 0951 and continuing until 1802 hrs. High overcast made for good locating conditions. The flight was entirely on the Eastern Ridges, low over “Patrick” or just skimming the ridge. Later in the day, the birds encountered a strong uplift on the South end of “ Patrick” and rose almost instantly several hundred meters vertically.
TEMPERATURE: Min: -1, Max: 8
PERIOD WITH MOST MIGRANTS: 16:00-17:00
MIGRANT EAGLE COUNT BY SPECIES:
– Golden Eagle: Adult: 123, Sub-Adult: 4, Juvenile: 11, Unaged: 16, Total: 154, (To Date: 1828)
MIGRANT RAPTOR COUNT BY SPECIES:
– None observed
TOTAL MIGRATORY RAPTORS: Daily: 154, (To Date: 2000)
NON MIGRANT RAPTORS: Two adult Bald Eagles interacting while flying North and two resident Golden Eagles
OTHER BIRDS OF NOTE: CORA 5, BCCH 8, MOCH 2, CAJA 2, BOWA 2, DOWP1
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: White-tailed Deer 5
NUMBER OF VISITORS: Daily: 10, (To Date: 398)
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)
FALL COUNT STARTED