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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: Graeme Dunlop, Ruth Morrow

Start Time:

07:15 AM

End Time:

07:40 PM


-2 to +5 °C

Description of the Day:

Mostly sunny with 30% cumulus in the morning, cloud gradually increased through the day with cirrus and 100% altostratus by mid afternoon although this layer began to break up in the evening. Ground winds initially light southerly, some moderate gusts in the afternoon. Ridge winds NW moderate to strong. Slow raptor movement until late afternoon, 22 of the days total of 38 Golden Eagles were seen between 16:00 and 18:00. Most birds were gliding high over the eastern ridges before heading across to Mt. Lorette. Frequent soaring over both the eastern ridges and Lorette.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

38 (20 a, 2 juv, 16 u)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle 2, Northern Goshawk 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Period with Most Migrants:

16:00 to 18:00 with 22

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Northern Goshawk, 2 Golden Eagles

Other Birds:

Canada Goose x 4
Swan (sp.) x 2
Northern Flicker x 3
Pileated Woodpecker x 1
Canada Jay x 4
Northern Shrike x 1
Black-billed Magpie x 2
Common Raven x 12
Black-capped Chickadee x 3
Boreal Chickadee x 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch x 1
Mountain Bluebird x 4 (2 male, 2 female)
Varied Thrush x 3
American Robin x 50+
American Dipper x 1
Say's Phoebe x 1 (most surprising bird of the day, sat on a nearby post)

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