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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: Bill Wilson and Rick Robb

Start Time:

07:50 AM

End Time:

08:20 PM


-2C at the start, +2C high

Description of the Day:

Mostly blue sky until after 10:00, then 100% cloud to the end. Light to very light snow from 15:00 to the end. Ground wind 2 to 5 km/h to 13:00, then 5 to 20 km/h to the end. Ridge winds SE to NE 3 to 15 km/h. West ridges obscured most of the time, east ridges 0 to 30% obscured to 14:00, then 70 to 100% obscured.
All six Golden Eagles were seen in the east, but the other raptors were mostly in the west, but several were overhead or in the east.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

6 (4 adults, 1 subadult, 1 juvenile)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Osprey 2, Bald Eagle 3, Northern Harrier 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Northern Goshawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Rough-legged Hawk 10, Merlin 1, unidentified buteo 1, unidentified eagle 1, unidentified raptor 1.

Period with Most Migrants:

11 am to 4 pm with from four to six migrants each hour.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 adult Bald Eagle, 1 adult Golden Eagle, and 1 light Rough-legged Hawk that insisted in working its way south.

Other Birds:

Canada Goose 2
Northern Flicker 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Bohemian Waxwing, one flock of 40
Mountain Bluebird 2 (mf)
American Robin 12
Varied Thrush 1
Black-billed Magpie 1
American Crow, one flock of 12
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
assorted ravens

Number of Visitors: