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Mount Lorette (27 Sep 2022) 17 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 11 11
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 27 27
Cooper’s Hawk 1 8 8
Northern Goshawk 0 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 8 8
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 14 142 142
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 3
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 3 3
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 17 221 221
Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 11.83 hours
Official Counter Caroline Lambert
Observers: Ian Dowson

Visitors:
33 people came by in small groups, many eager to learn about the count, and a few with binoculars to help spot, which is always appreciated.

Weather:
It was unseasonably warm, with a starting temperature of 4C, and a high of 22C. It had cooled to 15C when we left. The sky was mostly blue with a few cirrus clouds that helped making spotting a bit easier in the afternoon. Winds were light all day on the ground, and there was just enough ridge wind that the migrants could fly mostly without soaring.

Raptor Observations:
It was a disappointing day for migrants as there was sufficient ridge wind for movement, and no obvious weather system to the north to hinder progress. A total of 17 migrants were seen: 14 Golden Eagles (8a, 1sa, 5u), 1 Cooper’s Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, and one small accipiter.
The best bird of the day was a juvenile dark morph Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk that flew low over us and hunted for a few minutes along the power line on the other side of the meadow. Other non-migrants were a Bald Eagle that flew high and fast across the valley and disappeared over the east ridge, an adult Red-tailed Hawk that hunted on the west side of the valley, the usual resident Northern Goshawk, and an adult Golden Eagle that did some display flights in front of Patrick.

Non-raptor Observations:
If the number of migrants was disappointing, it was more so for the smaller birds. Apart from the ever present ravens (about nine of those), three robins were detected early in the morning and no non-raptors were seen after that.


Report submitted by Caroline Lambert (caroline144@gmail.com)
Mount Lorette information may be found at: eaglewatch.ca
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Mount Lorette (26 Sep 2022) 21 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 11 11
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 27 27
Cooper’s Hawk 1 7 7
Northern Goshawk 1 6 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 7 7
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 11 128 128
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 3 3
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 21 204 204
Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 18:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter Lori Anderson
Observers: Eric Langshaw, Mustafa Onder Ersin, Rosemary Power

Visitors:
About 25 interested visitors and friends stopped by.

Weather:
From heated socks to bare feet. The temperature in the wee hours of the morning was 3°C and quickly changed with the scorching sun after sunrise reaching 22°C. Wisps of cirrus clouds varied from 10% to 70% throughout the day and a thin humid mist filled the air. There was only a slight breeze at ground level and under 10 Km/h at ridge level for most of the day and consequently few birds ventured out to migrate.

Raptor Observations:
Most of the raptors appeared between 14:00 and 17:00 with about half using the eastern route and the rest found to the west or valley center. 11 Golden Eagles (7a,3sa,1u), 1 adult Bald Eagle, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Coopers Hawk and 1 large falcon. Numerous sightings of a Non-migrating Northern Goshawk throughout the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
145 American Robins, 42 Canada Geese, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 18 Common Ravens, 2 Boreal Chickadees, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Sparrow sp., 1 Varied Thrush, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1 Clark’s Nutcracker, 10 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Snowshoe hare, 2 Red Squirrels, and Mourning Cloak butterflies everywhere.


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Mount Lorette (25 Sep 2022) 43 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 5 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 23 23
Cooper’s Hawk 2 6 6
Northern Goshawk 1 5 5
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 6
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 23 117 117
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 2 2 2
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 1 3 3
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 43 183 183
Observation start time: 06:30:00
Observation end time: 18:30:00
Total observation time: 12 hours
Official Counter Blake Weis
Observers: Lynn Macintosh, Rosemary Power

Visitors:
The beautiful fall weather brought at least 40 visitors the meadow

Weather:
Most of the day was fairly sunny with sparse cloud and light to moderate wind. Late in the afternoon the wind picked up and cloud cover increased. That resulted in some high-flying, silhouetted migrants that were difficult to age. It was chilly in the morning at 1C but quickly warmed to a balmy 19C by the middle of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Most migrants used the eastern ridges though some hawks flew down the valley or used the western ridges. Elevation was quite variable though they tended to be high later in the day. Non-migrants included two Northern Goshawks who were harassing a migrating Red-tail over Hummingbird Plume Hill.

Non-raptor Observations:
20 Canada Geese, 1 Common Merganser, 2 Common Loons, 1 drumming Ruffed Grouse, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 7 Common Ravens, 2 Canada Jays, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 4 Mountain Chickadees, 2 Boreal Chickadees, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 5 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 2 American Dippers, 1 Varied Thrush, 150 American Robins, 1 American Pipit, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Mourning cloak butterflies were on the wing


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Mount Lorette (24 Sep 2022) 16 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 16 16
Cooper’s Hawk 0 4 4
Northern Goshawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 11 94 94
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 2 2 2
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 16 140 140
Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 12.03 hours
Official Counter Annie Finch
Observers: Rain Saulnier, Rick Robb

Visitors:
20: The site was graced with many interested and enthusiastic visitors today, including a few eagle-eyed kids.

Weather:
From +6C at dawn, the temperature steadily increased to a high of +17C by 5:00pm. A gorgeous day of clear skies and light winds made for rather poor raptor migration and spotting conditions.

Raptor Observations:
The first raptor of the day was a Golden Eagle of undetermined age at 10:00am. Raptors continued in a slow trickle of roughly two per hour until supper time, with a small burst before sunset. The resident Northern Goshawk made a few appearances; a Sharp-shinned Hawk was observed lurking low in the forest near sunset.
16 migrating raptors were observed: 11 Golden Eagles (6 adult, 4 subadult, 1 unaged); 2 Bald Eagles (2 adult); 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 adult); 2 unidentified eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds: 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Clark’s Nutcracker, 15 Common Raven, 2 Mountain Chickadee, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 American Dipper, 120 American Robin, 1 American Pipit, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 2 White-throated Sparrow.
Tom, the resident American Dipper, made a last-minute cameo as the sun set.


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Mount Lorette information may be found at: eaglewatch.ca
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Count data submitted via Dunkadoo – [Project Details]



Mount Lorette (23 Sep 2022) 50 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 15 15
Cooper’s Hawk 1 4 4
Northern Goshawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 4
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 47 83 83
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 1
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 50 124 124
Observation start time: 06:15:00
Observation end time: 18:45:00
Total observation time: 12.42 hours
Official Counter Bill Wilson
Observers: Naia West

Visitors:
37

Weather:
-3 C to +12 C. 90-100 % altostratus to 14:00, then 90-100 % altocumulus. Ground winds mostly south 2 to 10 km/h, occasional gusts to 20 km/h. Ridge winds SW to WSW 30 to 60 km/h. Some negligible precipitation around 18:00.

Raptor Observations:
The cloud background made aging difficult, and many eagles were aged when they passed in front of rock for a dark background. 50 migrant raptors consisting of 1 unaged Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 unaged Cooper’s Hawks, and 47 Golden Eagles (22a, 7j, 18u). Also one non-migrant Osprey flying north with a fish, and one non-migrant adult Golden Eagle flying north.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Dipper 1, American Robin 40, Belted Kingfisher 1, Northern Flicker 2, Common Merganser 3.
Interesting observation: a “dogfight” between a raven and a juvenile Golden Eagle that continued non-stop for several minutes from Patrick all the way to Mt. McDougall, with the raven sometimes on the attack and and even making contact, and the eagle sometimes wildly chasing the raven, with the raven staying 20 to 50 cm ahead of the eagle (estimate based on the size of the raven). In front of McDougall, the eagle finally put on a burst of speed and left the raven behind.


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Mount Lorette (22 Sep 2022) 39 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 3 3
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 13 13
Cooper’s Hawk 2 3 3
Northern Goshawk 3 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 4 4
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 18 36 36
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 1 1 1
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 39 74 74
Observation start time: 06:00:00
Observation end time: 19:00:00
Total observation time: 11.22 hours
Official Counter Ethan Denton
Observers: Sandy Graham

Visitors:
We were treated to 14 visitors, including Ian and Jim (both long-time associates of the count), who both stayed a while and helped spot.

Weather:
Though somewhat frosty in the morning, actual temperatures were quite nice, ranging from 0 to 18 degrees Celsius throughout the day. Periods of heavy cloud cover to the south threatened rain, but fortunately that never materialized. Winds were on the low end, even at ridge level.

Raptor Observations:
An excellent day for this early in the count, with 18 migrant Golden Eagles, 9 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 migrant and 1 resident Goshawks, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, and one a piece of Merlin, Bald Eagle, and Northern Harrier. 2 birds were not identified to species level, in both cases because they disappeared behind the mountains within seconds of being spotted. In the morning through the early afternoon, most raptor traffic was split between the two ridgelines, but by mid-afternoon all our birds were going almost straight overhead.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tom (the resident American Dipper) serenaded observers for much of the morning and late evening, while a male Belted Kingfisher, some Common Mergansers, and around 100 migrating Robins were the other noteworthy sightings. A single Ruffed Grouse joined today’s observers in refuting the onset of fall, as it drummed away happily in the forest to the south of the site.


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Mount Lorette information may be found at: eaglewatch.ca
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Count data submitted via Dunkadoo – [Project Details]



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