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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 and Cliff Hansen

Start Time:

06:25 AM

End Time:

07:45 PM


+5C to +19C

Description of the Day:

Generally a nice day, a bit windy at times but not bad. 70% to 100% cloud, but for most of the day the sun shone through.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

17 (9 adults, 2 juveniles, 6 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Sharp-shinned Hawks 5, Peregrine Falcon 1

Period with Most Migrants:

18:00-19:00 with eleven Golden Eagles

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Northern Goshawk 1

Other Birds of Note:

Common Merganser 3, Ruffed Grouse 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Northern Flicker 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 16, American Dipper 1, American Robin 27, Black-billed Magpie 1, Common Raven 2, White-winged Crossbill 71, Pine Siskin 7

Other Observations:

Nothing of note.

Number of Visitors: