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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: Lori Anderson Glenn Webber

Start Time:

07:45 AM

End Time:

07:30 PM


-3.5 C to +18 C

Description of the Day:

What a gorgeous sunny fall day this was! Continuous strings of Canada Geese painted the morning sky as they made their way to warmer wintering grounds, although they might have been second-guessing themselves with these conditions.
For most of the day, low winds blew at ground level and enough wind at the ridges to give us plenty of eagles and other raptors to observe. Ridge winds between 20-40 km/h and gusts between 40- 65 km/h. We had our first eagle at 9:14 and the last few at 19:22 after sunset. A light layer of altostratus and at times cirrus (mares' tails and mackerel scales) formed the backdrop for the eagle path during most of the day, which made locating easy but identification an arduous task. The majority of raptors showed up either at Mt. Patrick or the Northern Fisher range and anywhere in between.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

14 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 7 Sharp-Shinned Hawks, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 4 Northern Goshawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 3 unID Falcons, and 4 unID Eagles.

Period with Most Migrants:

12:00 to 14:00 was the most abundant period with 59 migrants.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

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

Other Birds:

369 Canada Goose, 80 American Robin, 7 White-winged Crossbill, 1 Northern Flicker, 5 Common Raven, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 20 Bohemian Waxwing.

Other Observations:

1 Red Squirrel, 1 White-tailed Deer.

Number of Visitors: