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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:

07:55 AM

End Time:

06:15 PM


+2C to +8C

Description of the Day:

It was a pleasant day with 90% to 100% cloud and light ground winds (usually 5-10 km/h, occasionally 20 or even 30 km/h) and winds aloft WSW 20-30 gusting 50-80 km/h. No precipitation. The cloud provided excellent conditions for locating migrants but tough conditions for aging them. Fortunately, many passed in front of dark rock at some points in their passage, making it much easier to age at least these ones.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

31 (17 adults, 1 subadult, 3 juveniles and 10 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:


Period with Most Migrants:

10 am to noon, with 15 migrants.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Bald Eagle heading north down the valley, quite high, and one Golden Eagle seen four times on a circuit between Lorette and Patrick, presumably hunting..

Other Birds:

Great close views of a Northern Shrike, and a couple of Ruffed Grouse up in a poplar, seen after sunset on the walk out.

Other Observations:

Nothing else of note.

Number of Visitors: