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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: Bill Wilson

Start Time:

07:25 AM

End Time:

07:05 PM


-10C at the start, -5C high

Description of the Day:

A cold, cloudy day with light to very light snow all morning and again at the end of the day. The ridges were completely obscured to 10:00, then variably 50% to 90% obscured for the rest of the day except for 16:00 to 18:00, when it dropped to 20% to 40% and some bluish sky opened up overhead (milky blue with ice crystals). A layer of cloud formed over the mountains at the end of the day, obscuring the ridges as the snow was beginning again. Ground winds NE 5 gusting 20 km/h all day. Ridge winds NE to ENE all day, varying between 10 and 20 km/h.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

2 adult Bald Eagles

Period with Most Migrants:

One adult Bald Eagle at 16:25 and another one at 16:42 were the only twoi migrants for the day.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

One Northern Goshawk heard calling in the morning.

Other Birds of Note:

Canada Goose - 2
Ruffed Grouse - 1
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1
American Dipper - 1
Common Raven - 3
American Robin - 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Black-capped Chickadee - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - 1

Number of Visitors: