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Mount Lorette (27 Sep 2023) 25 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 1 1
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 26 26
Cooper’s Hawk 0 1 1
American Goshawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 4 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 5 5
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 21 123 123
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 4 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 11 11
Unknown Buteo 0 5 5
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 1 1 1
Unknown Raptor 0 5 5
Total: 25 199 199
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:45:00
Total observation time: 9.75 hours
Official Counter Rick Robb
Observers: Lynette MacCulloch

Visitors:
59 visitors came by the site.

Weather:
The temperature started at 6 and rose to 11C, where it stayed for the rest of the day. Ground winds were light and varied from west to south during the day. Ridge winds were also light and mostly from the southwest. It was mostly cloudy all day with a mix of cumulus, stratus, and altostratus.

Raptor Observations:
There was a steady, but light, flow of raptors throughout the day. There were 21 Golden Eagles (7a, 8sa, 3j, 3u), two Sharp-shinned Hawks, one undifferentiated eagle, and one unknown falcon. All were seen on the east ridge.
There were two non-migrant raptors – a Golden Eagle going north, and a light Red-tailed Hawk hunting over the valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds were: More than 20 Common Ravens, 3 Canada Geese, several flocks of American Robins, 2 Black-billed Magpies, several American Pipits, 12 Bohemian Waxwings, 1 Belted Kingfisher, and 2 Canada Jays.


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Mount Lorette (26 Sep 2023) 31 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 1 1
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 24 24
Cooper’s Hawk 0 1 1
American Goshawk 0 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 3
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 4 4
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 19 97 97
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 4 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 4 10 10
Unknown Buteo 1 5 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 5
Total: 31 166 166
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:30:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter Caroline Lambert
Observers: Glenn Webber

Visitors:
About 15 people stopped to chat.

Weather:
The temperature was surprisingly warm at the start of the day, 12C, and stayed in a narrow range, going up to 15C and ending at 13C. The weather, though, was all over the place, with cloud cover coming and going, and rain (mostly over the west ridge), sprinkling us every now and then. The day started out with dark clouds on the east ridge. By mid-day there was rain to the south and west, and at the end of the day the rain had shifted to the north and west and was closing in. Mount Lorette was occasionally shrouded in clouds, while the rest of the Fisher Range remained clear. The west ridge was mostly clear until afternoon, when it disappeared in mist. A strong wind was blowing all day both at ground level and at ridge level. Initially the wind was from the south but it gradually shifted around more to the west.

Raptor Observations:
Until the clouds closed in late in the day, conditions were perfect for migrating raptors. However, not that many were taking advantage of it – on the other hand, it is early in the season still. Like yesterday, there was more movement in the morning than in the afternoon. All 24 migrant Golden Eagles (11a, 2ui, 11u) were seen gliding over the east ridge. The lighting conditions, particularly in the morning, plus the strong wind that allowed them to glide with folded wings and tail, made it difficult to age them. There was a good flight of accipiters, some flying high over the east ridge and impossible to ID to species, and 6 that were flying over the east valley and were ID’d as Sharp-shinned Hawks. There was one adult Broad-winged Hawk, two adult Red-tailed Hawks, and one unidentified buteo.
There were quite a few birds that were apparently not migrating – one adult Golden Eagle, two adult Bald Eagles, two adult Red-tailed Hawks (one light calurus and one intermediate calurus), and one adult American Goshawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
Unlike recent days, there were no flocks of migrating song birds, other than one small flock of what were probably starlings. The ravens were entertaining to watch. Frequently they would be chasing after the migrants – several of the accipiters flying along the ridge were discovered by checking out the raven activity. Other birds were: Ruffed Grouse 1, Black-billed Magpie 2, Common Raven 12, Black-capped Chickadee 2, Mountain Chickadee 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 2, Bohemian Waxwing 4, Red Crossbill 1, Pine Siskin 1,


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Mount Lorette (25 Sep 2023) 23 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 1 1
Osprey 0 4 4
Bald Eagle 1 2 2
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 18 18
Cooper’s Hawk 0 1 1
American Goshawk 1 4 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 3
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3 3
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 20 78 78
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 4 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 5 5
Total: 23 135 135
Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 11 hours
Official Counter Caroline Lambert, Neil Denton
Observers: Marshall Netherwood

Visitors:
3+2+10

Weather:
The start temperature was 6C, with gloomy stratus and cumulus clouds covering the sky and no ground wind. Ridge winds were mostly from the southwest and moderate during the morning.
The afternoon started with little cloud cover ~15%. That varied for the first part of the afternoon, before increasing throughout the balance of the day to approximately 90%.

Raptor Observations:
The dark sky in the morning meant aging the eagles challenging. There was a reasonably steady progression of them, initially gliding just above the east ridge, but as the morning wore on, they were using more powered flight and flying lower.
With low clouds above Patrick and the Fisher range in the later afternoon, spotting and aging eagles became more difficult.
The count included 20 Golden Eagles (12a, 1j, 1sa, 2ui, 4u).
Through the course of the day, one adult Bald Eagle was spotted.
In addition, one American Goshawk and one female Northern Harrier was seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Blue Jay, 11 Common Raven, 2 Mountain Chickadee, 1 Boreal Chickadee, 1 American Dipper, 32 American Robin, 50 Bohemian Waxwing, 23 White-winged Crosbill.


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Mount Lorette (24 Sep 2023) 41 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 1 1
Osprey 1 4 4
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 18 18
Cooper’s Hawk 0 1 1
American Goshawk 1 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 3 3
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 3 3
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 29 58 58
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 4 4 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 5 5
Total: 41 112 112
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 10 hours
Official Counter Blake Weis
Observers: Jessica Banas

Visitors:
Thanks to Jim St Laurent for joining us at the site and helping to spot raptors.
65 visitors stopped to engage, including a couple hiking groups and many families.

Weather:
The temperature was 10 C at the start of observation. It rose to a high of 14, then fell to 11 as we were leaving. Ground wind was light in the morning and gusted up to 20 km/h in the afternoon. Ridge winds were moderate almost all day with gusts reaching 49 km/h, with the exception of 12:00-13:00 where it was almost calm for a brief period of time. Cloud cover was 70-90% until late afternoon when it cleared slightly to 50%.

Raptor Observations:
The count included 29 Golden Eagles (10a, 6j, 2sa, 1ui, 10u), 1 Osprey, 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 American Goshawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Merlins, and 2 small unidentified raptors. Almost all the migrants used the eastern ridges with the majority being detected at Patrick or The Bumps. One sharp-shinned hawk used the western ridges and one Merlin flew low down the valley. Non-migrant raptors included an adult Golden Eagle, an adult American Goshawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk that hunted near the meadow. Poor light and bad angles often hampered ageing.

Non-raptor Observations:
Larus sp. 5 (Migrating high above ridge level. California or Herring gulls.), Belted Kingfisher 1, Canada Jay 3, Common Raven 15, Black-capped Chickadee 1, Boreal Chickadee 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, American Dipper 2, American Robin 80, Bohemian Waxwing 12, American Pipit 3, Red Crossbill 4, White-winged Crossbill 1, Pine Siskin 2, Dark-eyed Junco 1, White-crowned Sparrow 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1


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Mount Lorette (23 Sep 2023) 17 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 1 1 1
Osprey 0 3 3
Bald Eagle 0 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 15 15
Cooper’s Hawk 0 1 1
American Goshawk 1 2 2
Broad-winged Hawk 2 3 3
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 12 29 29
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 6 6
Unknown Buteo 0 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 3 3
Total: 17 71 71
Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter Neil Denton
Observers: Caroline Lambert, Lynn Macintosh

Visitors:
72 visitors in groups of up to 20.

Weather:
Ridgetop Temperatures – Start temperature @ 9am: 5C – End temperature – @6pm: 6C – Daily High Temperature: 7C
Ground Level Temperatures – Start temperature @ 9am: 7C – End temperature – @6pm: 19C – Daily High Temperature: 19C Wind – Summary of ridge wind o Primarily S or SW gusting from 14 to 89 km/h (peak) – Summary of ground wind o Primarily S or SW gusts variable – from 10km/h to 24km/h – Cloud cover and precipitation o Partly sunny, broken clouds o Short, light rainfall in late afternoon o Visibility varied significantly with periods of low cloud making observing passing migrants difficult, to almost clear skies. Flat light, with a number of eagles first showing over Fisher, made aging – and in one case identifying to genus – challenging at times.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow start for migrant raptors. All the migrants were seen over the Mt Lorette and the east ridge (with one oddity). The number of GOEA increased to 12, of which three were not aged – in part due to the flat light, and the fact that quite a few of the eagles first shoed south of the bumps. There was a decent amount of other raptors. The totals were 12 Golden Eagles (7AD, 2SA, 3U), 0 Bald Eagles, 2 American Goshawk, 2 accipiter sp., 2 Broad-winged Hawk, and one high flying raptor that was not possible to ID.
In addition, we had one Merlin in in the trees near the observation location.
Better yet was the curious case of the Turkey Vulture flying north from as far south as we could see until it disappeared to the north.
We observed one of the resident GOEA, and one American Goshawk behaving like a non-migrant.

Non-raptor Observations:
The most exciting bird of the day was a Turkey Vulture, closely matched by a Palm Warbler immediately behind the observation site.
3 Common Merganser 1 Ring-billed Gull 1 Golden Eagle (resident) 1 American Goshawk (resident) 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Merlin (resident) 4 Canada Jay 15 Common Raven 2 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 110 American Robin 175 Bohemian Waxwing 5 White-winged Crossbill 2 Pine Siskin 3 White-crowned Sparrow 1 Palm Warbler 1 Wilson’s Warbler


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Count data submitted via Dunkadoo – [Project Details]



Mount Lorette (22 Sep 2023) 20 Raptors

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Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 3 3 3
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 15 15
Cooper’s Hawk 0 1 1
American Goshawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 1
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 2 2
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 6 17 17
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 2 6 6
Unknown Buteo 1 4 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 2 2
Total: 20 54 54
Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 9.83 hours
Official Counter Caroline Lambert
Observers: Chris Durtnall

Visitors:
Apparently today was a “free pass” day in Kananaskis, to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the Kananaskis area, and quite a number of people were taking advantage of it. We had about 25 people stop by the site.

Weather:
The day started out frosty with a temperature of -1C, but it quickly rose to 18C and finished the day at 16C. Ground winds were light and variable all day, while ridge winds were mostly light from the south. There were no clouds until after noon, when cumulus clouds gradually crept in from the south, finishing with about 60% coverage.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow day for migrant raptors. All the migrants were seen over the east ridge, most having to soar to gain altitude before gliding off to the south. Though there were not many Golden Eagles, there was a decent variety of other raptors. The totals were 6 Golden Eagles (3a, 1sa, 1j, 1u), 1 adult Bald Eagle, 3 Ospreys, 5 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 American Goshawk, 2 accipiter sp., 1 dark morph Broad-winged Hawk, and one high flying buteo that was not possible to ID.
One adult Golden Eagle was seen flying northwest across the valley, and one juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was hunting near Hummingbird Plume.

Non-raptor Observations:
The most exciting bird of the day was a Northern Hawk Owl that flew high over the meadow early in the morning, going south. The American Dipper serenaded us on the way out with a beautiful song. Other birds were as follows: Common Merganser 2, Canada Jay 2, Common Raven 10, Black-capped Chickadee 4, American Robin 4, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2


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Count data submitted via Dunkadoo – [Project Details]



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