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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: Caroline Lambert, Rick Robb

Start Time:

07:20 AM

End Time:

08:20 PM


The temperature ranged from -1 to +4, ending at +2.

Description of the Day:

Conditions appeared perfect for migration, with the east ridge clear all day and westerly winds strong enough to blow snow off the ridges at times. However, weather disturbances to the south, as seen on the weather radar map, appear to have affected the migration. The first Golden Eagle was seen at 11:00, but no more were seen until well after 16:00. The strong winds enabled them to fly high over the east ridge. Most had enough height they flew well over the top of Lorette. The height and the fading light late in the day made ageing difficult.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

25 (15 adult, 2 subadult, 1 juvenile, 7 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

2 Bald Eagles (1 adult, 1 juvenile), 1 unidentified eagle.

Period with Most Migrants:

Nearly half the migrants were seen between 18:00 and 19:00.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Two resident Golden Eagles, one on each side of the valley. One Northern Goshawk was seen flying low across the meadow twice.

Other Birds:

Snow Goose 28 (flying north)
Canada Goose 7
Ruffed Grouse 1 (drumming)
Northern Flicker 1
Northern Shrike 1
Canada Jay 2
Common Raven 8
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Mountain Bluebird 2
Varied Thrush 3
American Robin 20
Pine Siskin 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 1

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