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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 Ian Dowson

Start Time:

08:00 AM

End Time:

06:25 PM


-14 C to 0 C

Description of the Day:

It was a beautiful, cloudless day with almost no wind (0 to 5 km/h, getting up to about 10 km/h for only a couple of hours). Smoke from somewhere made the ridges a bit hazy until about mid-day. Ridge winds were very light. Half the hourly readings at Nakiska Ridgetop were "calm", and the other five were no more than 6 km/h. All Golden Eagles crossed the face of Patrick; none were observed above the summit. One of the Golden Eagles landed four times for 1 to 5 minutes each time as it crossed the face of Patrick, and another landed once for about a minute. Most used a flap-glide-flap-glide flight style, so they had to work to get where they were going. Several also soared in front of the face of Patrick or Fisher North trying to gain altitude, not always very successfully, before continuing on.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

18 (16 adults, 1 subadult and 1 juvenile)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 juvenile Bald Eagle

Period with Most Migrants:

3 pm to 5 pm with 14 Golden Eagles and 1 Bald Eagle.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds:

One Varied Thrush atop a spruce, singing quietly for a short time.

Other Observations:

Nothing of note.

Number of Visitors: