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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: Ethan Denton, Neil Denton

Start Time:

07:40 AM

End Time:

07:30 PM


9°C - 16°C

Description of the Day:

Although the day was pleasant for observers, flying conditions were far from ideal. Clear blue skies made aging birds difficult, but the tricky conditions meant that for much of the day, there weren't many birds to age anyways. Right at the end of the day, a change in winds saw a late push made, to bring the day's numbers up a bit. Almost every raptor seen flew low into Mt. Patrick before hitting a strong thermal and rising several 100m to coast across the rest of the Fisher range. Overall a very nice, but slow, day at the site.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

3 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Northern Goshawk, 5 Bald Eagle, 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 3 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 buteo sp., 2 Peregrine Falcon

Period with Most Migrants:

18:00 - 19:00

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Golden Eagle, 1 Merlin (Taiga)

Other Birds of Note:

40 Snow Goose, 2 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Common Loon

Other Observations:

2 White-tailed Deer

Number of Visitors: