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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: Blake Weis, Bill McKeenan

Start Time:

07:00 AM

End Time:

06:30 PM


Min: -2 C, Max: 5 C

Description of the Day:

The day was overcast with cloud cover usually between 80-100%. Ground winds reached 20 km/h from variable directions and ridge winds were mainly moderate from the southwest. Between 6 and 6:30 pm low cloud started to obscure the ridges and rain began to fall. The weather radar didn't show much hope of it clearing by the end of the day so the count was concluded at 6:30.

Migrants generally moved low with much soaring and flapping. Golden Eagles were all on the eastern ridges but other raptors used more variable routes with some using the eastern ridges and others flying over the river and valley.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

5 (1 adult, 2 juveniles, 2 sub-adults)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Osprey, 4 Bald Eagles (1 adult, 1 juvenile, 1 sub-adult 1, 1 undifferentiaded sub-adult), 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 adult, 2 u), 1 Cooper's Hawk (u), 1 Northern Goshawk (adult), 1 unidentified accipiter, 1 Red-tailed Hawk (Adult), 1 Merlin (u)

Period with Most Migrants:

Between noon and 1 pm with 4 migrants

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Golden Eagle (unaged), 1 Red-tailed Hawk (adult), 1 Bald Eagle (adult)

Other Birds:

Other Observations:

1 Milbert's Tortoiseshell butterfly

Number of Visitors: