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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, Brian McBride and Cliff Hansen

Start Time:

07:40 AM

End Time:

06:40 PM


-6 C to +10.5 C

Description of the Day:

It was a great day weatherwise. The sky was clear to 11 am, then cloud increased quickly to 100% altostratus and cumulus for the rest of the day; but ground winds were light all day, so the cloud wasn't a problem. Ridge winds were light to 11 am, then SW to SSW 20 - 40 km/h. The first migrant raptor was a Rough-legged Hawk at 8:20 am, but then the second (a Golden Eagle) wasn't until 2:05 pm. Movement was fairly steady after that.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

28 (18 adults, 1 subadult, 3 juveniles and 6 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Bald Eagle and 7 Rough-legged Hawks

Period with Most Migrants:

12 migrants between 4 pm and 5 pm.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Northern Goshawk hurtling low across Hay Meadow and then calling in the trees to the south, and 2 Golden Eagles

Other Birds:

2 male Hairy Woodpeckers, 5 Canada Jays, 23 Common Ravens ( 30 Grey-crowned Rosy-finches, 1 White-winged Crossbill, 1 Mountain Chickadee, 1 American Dipper, 1 Varied Thrush singing quietly for a few minutes, 20 Bohemian Waxwings, and one bright male Redwinged Blackbird.

Other Observations:

Nothing of note.

Number of Visitors: