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The Fall 2021 Migration Count has commenced and runs from Sep 20th until Nov 15th with observers at the Mount Lorette site daily — including viewing equipment available to the public. If interested in visiting the site, we suggest that you visit after 3pm. We see the majority of the migrating eagles in the later afternoon. This is the 29th consecutive year of vigilant recording. Mount Lorette site, Observation map.

Related links: Count Reports



Total Migratory Raptors: 3,520


Observers: Caroline Lambert, Glenn Webber

Start Time:

07:30 AM

End Time:

07:30 PM


5ºC - 20ºC

Description of the Day:

Although at ground level it was calm (and unseasonably warm again) to start with, ridge winds told a different story. By 8am the ridge winds were over 70 kph and gusting up to 100 kph, and stayed around that level all day. Ground winds picked up as well, threatening to topple unprotected chairs and scopes, and cause any loose object to disappear over the river. The few eagles that were seen were flying very high and very fast over the east ridge.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

12 (7 adults, 1 juvenile, 4 unknown age)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

5 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk

Period with Most Migrants:

The few migrants were evenly distributed throughout the afternoon, from 2pm to 7pm.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Golden Eagle, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Northern Goshawk

Other Birds:

Ruffed Grouse 1, Northern Flicker 1, Common Raven 4, Black-capped Chickadee 7, Mountain Chickadee 2, Boreal Chickadee 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5, Red-breasted Nuthatch 3, American Dipper 1, Varied Thrush 2, American Robin 35, White-winged Crossbill 30, Pine Siskin 5

Other Observations:

Several butterflies, mostly Mourning Cloaks

Number of Visitors: