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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: Blake Weis, Annie Finch

Start Time:

11:00 AM

End Time:

07:00 PM


4C - 5C

Description of the Day:

We started the count later than usual due to heavy rain in the morning. By 11 am it had turned to light rain and the ridges were still obscured. The low cloud slowly lifted off the mountains between 2 and 5 pm and the rain stopped around 4 pm. The first migrant was seen at 1:16 pm soaring low below the cloud in front of Patrick. It ramped up from there into a big rush late in the day. The last migrant passed just before sunset at 6:23 pm. Continuing the Saturday trend most of them were difficult to age silhouetted by heavy cloud cover. The highlight of the day was a black swift which few south down the valley around 4:50 pm. That species is scarce at any time of the year but seems especially rare this late into the fall.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

45 (13 adults, 3 juveniles, 29 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

2 Bald Eagles, 5 Rough-legged Hawks

Period with Most Migrants:

Most migrants (31 of 52) passed between 5 pm and 6 pm

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Bald Eagle

Other Birds:

1 Black Swift, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 20 Bohemian Waxwings, 2 Common Redpolls, 5 Pine Siskins, 5 Lapland Longspurs, 1 White-crowned Sparrow

Other Observations:

Nothing of note

Number of Visitors: