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Mount Lorette (14 Nov 2022) 19 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2022
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 4
Bald Eagle 14 60 145
Northern Harrier 0 0 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 47
Cooper’s Hawk 0 0 24
Northern Goshawk 0 1 26
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 4
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 31
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 5 16
Golden Eagle 5 135 2362
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 15
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 3
Prairie Falcon 0 0 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 14
Unknown Buteo 0 0 12
Unknown Falcon 0 0 4
Unknown Eagle 0 6 27
Unknown Raptor 0 0 11
Total: 19 207 2757
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter Lori Anderson
Observers: Rick Robb

Very few people showed up at Hay Meadow probably because there was a sign at the beginning of the path to warn hikers of the flooded area. The flooding has gotten worse and the entire SE end of the meadow is underwater as is the pathway near the site. We advised people to avoid using that route, and a few insisted but had to turn around. Five people came to the site expressing interest.

It was a warm(ish) sunny day enhanced by the accompanying Icecracker Ballet. The low was only -9C and it even got up to -0.5C. Ground winds were nonexistent at times and at most 1-5 Km/h from the Southwest. 70% Cumulous in the morning, which gave way to clear skies after 11:00 returning to 30% coverage after 16:00. Ridge winds were low and ranged from N to WSW.

Raptor Observations:
The lack of wind made most of the Eagles flap and glide low laboriously. Most flew below ridge level into the face of Patrick and the North Fisher Range. Some that flew above the eastern ridges quickly dropped behind. This week’s exodus of Bald Eagles continued with 14 today (9a, 2sa [III + I], 3j ). The Golden Eagles were better at flying in low winds than their counterparts as they glided gracefully above and between the ridges. Total Goldens: 5 (3a, 2u).

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens were in full prenuptial swing, singing and dancing in synchronized pairs or flying playfully in groups. The funniest thing that happened today was when one of the two Canada Jays perched nearby, squawked out at us doing a totally authentic Raven imitation. Other sightings included one Black-capped Chickadee, one Black-billed Magpie, and one Hairy Woodpecker who flew into a bush nearby onto a flimsy twig and nearly fell as it bounced all over the place.

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