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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: Lori Anderson, Ale Guerrero

Start Time:

07:30 AM

End Time:

07:30 PM



Description of the Day:

The morning was warm and the red sunrise cast an eerie glow on the western peaks. It looked and felt like dawn in Arizona. The weather soon changed and an hour after sunrise the temperatures dropped and a storm started brewing to the West. We had showers throughout the day with some sunny intervals. Ground winds were low, from calm to 5 km/h S and a few periods of 5-10 km/h with stronger gusts. Ridge winds ranged from 28-57 SSW.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

17 GOEA (6 Adults, 3 Subadults, 1 Juvenile and 7 indeterminate).

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

3 Bald Eagles, 2 Sharp-Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Merlin.

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 16:00-17:00 the count was 6 Golden Eagles and 1 Bald Eagle

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

4 sightings of Golden Eagles (1 subadult), 3 sightings of Northern Goshawks, 5 sightings of Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Merlin (male)

Other Birds of Note:

15 American Robin, 8 Common Merganser, 20 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 25 White-winged Crossbill, 10 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Blue Jay, 1 Northern Flicker, 15 Common Raven. 2 American Tree-Sparrow.

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