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The main observation site is the Hay Meadow, Mt. Lorette Site. The site is located in Kananaskis on the bank of the Kananaskis River. It has a view of the open valley. which allows excellent (though rather distant) viewing of the Fisher Range to the east. The bulk of the Golden Eagles and other raptors use this ridge as part of their preferred migration route.

Mt. Lorette Observations

See the seasonal count reports and daily summaries for historical observation counts. The following observations started in Fall 2021.


Observers: Blake Weis, Annie Finch, Rosemary Power, Eric Langshaw

Start Time:

07:45 AM

End Time:

07:45 PM



Description of the Day:

It was a warm, sunny day with beautiful fall colors. In the afternoon there were strong ridge winds from the SW which is favorable for migration, but flying conditions seemed inconsistent. The birds were often quite high but never stetted into a regular flight path. This inconsistency, along with a wide lenticular cloud hanging over the Fisher Range, made detection and identification difficult during peak migration.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

25 (11 adult, 2 sub-adult, 3 juvenile, 9 indeterminate)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

6 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Cooper's Hawk, 4 Northern Goshawk, 1 Unidentified Accipiter, 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 4 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Unidentified Buteo, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Unidentified Falcon, 2 Unidentified Raptors

Period with Most Migrants:

13:00-14:00 and 14:00-15:00 with 10 migrants each

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

2 Golden Eagles

Other Birds of Note:

1 Ruffed Grouse, 2 Common Loon, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 2 Clark's Nutcracker, 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 American Dipper, 1 Brown Creeper, 1 Varied Thrush, 48 American Robin, 57 White-winged Crossbill, 41 Pine Siskin, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow

Other Observations:

Mourning cloak butterflies

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