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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: Caroline Lambert, Rick Robb

Start Time:

08:25 AM

End Time:

06:15 PM


2C to 8C, 5C at end of day

Description of the Day:

Conditions were entirely favourable for migration with strong westerly winds and clear ridges, but this had no impact on the birds, as very few migrants were seen. The temperature was warmer than normal, and a Chinook arch was present over the east ridge for much of the day, which would have aided in spotting eagles had there been any to spot. A late Mountain Bluebird hunted energetically over the meadow all day, but otherwise the day was completely unremarkable.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

4 (1 adult, 1 subadult, 2 unknown)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Bald Eagle, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

Period with Most Migrants:

Two Golden Eagles showed up between 17:00 and 18:00.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

The resident Golden Eagle is still hanging out around Nakiska, and a Northern Goshawk hunted over our heads.

Other Birds:

14 Canada Geese followed the eagle flight path, 8 Northern Pintail flew south high over our heads, 1 Harlequin Duck juvenile seemed lost on the river - it should have migrated west to the ocean by now but we hope that because the river doesn't freeze completely it will survive if it stays, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Shrike which took a swipe at the bluebird but didn't seem to phase the bluebird much, 2 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 9 Common Ravens, 4 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 1 Mountain Bluebird, 10 Bohemian Waxwings, 6 Common Redpolls, 10 White-winged Crossbills

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