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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

Start Time:

06:45 AM

End Time:

10:30 AM


-1C to +1C

Description of the Day:

Lots of white thick and heavy snowflakes but no Eagles. A lone Merlin saved the day though. At the start of the count, a few of the ridges were visible but by 9:00 the ridges were 100 % covered as well as the slopes and the valley floor. The count was ended at 10:30 due to poor observing conditions and a forecast for more of the same all day. Winds were 0-3 from the North.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Merlin columbarius adult

Period with Most Migrants:

9-10 (1)

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Fox Sparrow 1
Varied Thrush 2
American Robin 34
Dark-eyed Junco 6
Northern Flicker 1
Common Raven 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Ruffed Grouse 1
European Starling 11
Common Merganser 3
Mallard 6
Varied Thrush 1

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