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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: Bill Wilson and Ale Guerrero

Start Time:

06:40 AM

End Time:

07:05 PM


-3C to +2.5C

Description of the Day:

Cool but generally light ground winds, so quite pleasant. Ridge winds SW 3 to 10 km/h to 3 pm, then mostly SW 20 to 30 km/r to the end. 100% stratus with ridges mostly obscured in cloud and light to very light snow until noon, then decreasing obscuration during the afternoon. The first migrant raptor was seen shortly after 2 pm.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

19 (6 adults, 1 subadult, 3 juveniles, 2 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 adult Bald Eagle, 1 unaged Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 adult Northern Goshawk, and 11 Rough-legged Hawks.

Period with Most Migrants:

Fourteen migrants between 4 pm and 5 pm.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

2 Northern Goshawks (1 adult and 1 juvenile)

Other Birds:

1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 male Three-toed Woodpecker, 1 male Belted Kingfisher, 1 immature Northern Shrike, 2 Mountain Bluebirds (1 male, 1 female), 5 Canada Jays, 1 American Dipper, and several ravens.

Other Observations:

One Rough-legged Hawk took time out from migration to do some hunting near the top of Olympic Summit, then was aggressively harassed by a Sharp-shinned Hawk. The Sharpie made full contact on one occasion, and at the end both the Rough-leg and the Sharpie continued south, some distance apart.

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