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Mount Lorette (15 Nov 2023) 2 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2023
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 1
Osprey 0 0 5
Bald Eagle 2 46 130
Northern Harrier 0 0 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 138
Cooper’s Hawk 0 0 8
American Goshawk 0 0 33
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 5
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 24
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 12
Golden Eagle 0 174 3078
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 14
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 2
Prairie Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 45
Unknown Buteo 0 0 10
Unknown Falcon 0 0 3
Unknown Eagle 0 1 10
Unknown Raptor 0 0 14
Total: 2 221 3542
Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours
Official Counter Annie Finch
Observers: Rosemary Power

Four people stopped to chat about the count.

The morning started out at 0°C, rose to 2°C by noon, and had fallen to 1°C when we conclude the count at 2:30pm. Ground winds were gusty all day, ranging from light to 15 km/h. Ridge winds were moderate, gusting to over 70km/h in the morning, falling to 12km/h as the snow moved in. Cloud cover was complete all day with scattered cumulus clouds against a solid layer of altostratus. Snow fell around the valley all day, and the count was concluded early as it approached the site in the early afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Migrant Eagles A slow day for eagles as is befitting for the last day of the fall count. The only two migrant eagles observed were adult Bald Eagles, one flying relatively low up the river and the other heading south over the west side of the valley.
Zero Golden Eagles 2 Bald Eagles: 2a
No other migrant raptors were observed.
Non-migrant Raptors An American Goshawk called in the morning from near the path. An American Goshawk also soared above the western valley in the afternoon, but was too backlit to age. An adult Bald Eagle flew north down the river in the early afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
The local Canada Jays looked on inquisitively as we dismantled our seasonal site installations. A lone Common Merganser seen diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Kananaskis River as we departed for the year provided a fitting conclusion to another successful count.
1 Common Merganser 2 Canada Jay 3 Common Raven 2 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Boreal Chickadee 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch 10 Bohemian Waxwing 1 Common Redpoll

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