GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Hundreds of golden eagles, hawks and falcons can be spotted flying through Montana's Big Belt Mountains during their annual fall migration.
The Great Falls Tribune reports that nearly 1,000 birds, including 430 golden eagles, have been seen flying through the area since Sept. 1. The birds are being counted as part of a golden eagle migration survey conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and other groups.
Other birds making their way over the mountains include vultures, osprey and northern goshawks.
The Big Belts have recently become a prime spot for viewing the raptors.
Last year, 2,630 golden eagles were counted in the mountain range, marking the highest passage rate for the birds of any of the Rocky Mountain migration sites south of Canada.
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