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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: George Halmazna, Ian Dowson

Start Time:

07:05 AM

End Time:

07:00 PM


From +4C to +12C at 16:00 hrs to +8C at 19:00 hrs.

Description of the Day:

Cloudy morning after rain with flurries in higher elevations over night. Overall day was cloudy with moderate wind in afternoon. On & off periods with flurries on west side in afternoon. Nice "flow" of migrating Golden Eagles between 11:00 hrs and 15:00 hrs. Than everything stoped and nothing was flying rest of the day.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 5,Northern Goshawk - 1, Red-tailed Hawk - 2, Red-tailed Hawk / Harland's - 1, Merlin - 1.

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 12:00 - 13:00 hrs = 15 ( 10 Golden Eagles, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Northern Goshawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Merlin )

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Golden Eagle and Northern Goshawk. Both hunting in area.

Other Birds of Note:

Common Merganser - 2, Blue Jay - 1, Black-billed Magpie - 3, Hairy Woodpecker - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 1,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1, Oregon Junco - 4.

Other Observations:

Red Squirrels very active.

Number of Visitors: