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The Spring 2022 Migration Count has commenced and runs from Mar 1st to Apr 22nd 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 30th consecutive year of vigilant recording. Mount Lorette site, Observation map.

Related links: Count Reports



Total Migratory Raptors: 302


Observers: Annie Finch, Blake Weis

Start Time:

07:00 AM

End Time:

02:30 PM


Min: -3°C Max: 0°C

Description of the Day:

The first few hours were a beautiful mix of cloud types providing roughly 50% cover. Light winds from the southwest became variable after 10 am. As cumulus clouds increased, a subadult Golden Eagle soared above the north ridge of Mt. Lorette before gliding on. Shortly after, snow squalls advanced on our position from both ends of the valley. North winds won out and the temperature dropped. At 2:30 pm, after three hours of steady snow, the count was suspended. We lingered in the area, and while sky over the meadow cleared enough to melt the freshly fallen snow, the walls of cloud sealing each end of the valley remained stubbornly in place.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

1 Subadult

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:


Period with Most Migrants:

11:00am to 12:00pm with the sole migrant raptor

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds:

Canada Goose: 2
Mallard: 2
Ruffed Grouse: 1
Golden Eagle: 1
American Three-toed Woodpecker: 1
Hairy Woodpecker: 2
Northern Flicker: 1
Canada Jay: 1
Common Raven: 2
Black-capped Chickadee: 2
Mountain Chickadee: 2
Boreal Chickadee: 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet: 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1
White-breasted Nuthatch: 1
Brown Creeper: 1
Pacific Wren: 1
American Dipper: 2
European Starling: 6
Mountain Bluebird: 2
Varied Thrush: 2
American Robin: 14
Dark-eyed Junco: 6
Song Sparrow: 1
Red-winged Blackbird: 1

Other Observations:

All resident raptors were conspicuously absent today; two Common Ravens made good use of the airspace with synchronized flight.

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