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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.

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Total Migratory Raptors: 3,520


Observers: Caroline Lambert, Rick Robb

Start Time:

08:00 AM

End Time:

07:35 PM


-5°C to 8°C

Description of the Day:

There was a constant stream of migrants throughout the day, starting shortly after 8am and lasting until after sunset. A short squall in late afternoon did nothing to stop the flow. All migrants were along the east ridge. Although the ridge winds were moderate, it appeared that the eagles were gaining much altitude over Mt Lorette, and then flying seemingly over our heads to reach the east ridge. Fortunately there was sufficient cloud cover that locating them was not too hard, although getting them in the scope for ID was difficult. Yesterday's inclement weather seemed to have held up some of the migrants, and these passed through early in the morning (more than 70 by 11am!), creating an ID challenge as they were silhouetted against the rising sun.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle - 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2, Cooper's Hawk - 1, Broad-winged Hawk - 1, Red-tailed Hawk - 1, Rough-legged Hawk - 1, Undifferentiated eagle - 2

Period with Most Migrants:


Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

One Golden Eagle

Other Birds:

2 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Common Merganser, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 7 Common Ravens, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Mountain Chickadee, 1 American Dipper, 27 American Robins, 10 White-winged Crossbills, 1 Dark-eyed Junco

Number of Visitors: