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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:

08:00 AM

End Time:

07:00 PM


-8C to +3C

Description of the Day:

It was a wee bit chilly first thing in the morning at -8C and there was no wind. The complete calmness spelled out a grim forecast for the day’s activity but in spite of the low winds, we had quite a good turnout. Ridge winds varied between 3-20 km/h from the WNW/WSW and two squalls snuck in from the north, one at 14:45 and another around 17:30. For some reason, it was very easy to identify the plumage of the Raptors today even with white/grey cloud and at great distances, although most flew at a lower altitude due to the lower winds. The light seemed more subdued. Most of the birds were found on the Eastern route.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

126 ( 71 Adults, 15 Subadults, 21 Juveniles, 19 unidentified)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

(11) 1 Bald Eagle, 4 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 2 Northern Goshawks, 2 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 unidentified Buteo, 1 unidentified Falcon.

Period with Most Migrants:

12:00-13:00 (33) and 16:00-17:00 (28)

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Golden Eagle

Other Birds:

1 Varied Thrush, 2 Great-horned Owls, 2 Canada Jays, Northern Shrikes(1 adult and 1 juvenile), 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 6 common Ravens, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 1 Clarks Nutcracker, 2 Robins, 1 Common Loon, 9 Dark-eyed Juncos.

Other Observations:

1 Skunk, 2 Red Squirrels.

Number of Visitors: