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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, Ruth Morrow

Start Time:

07:35 AM

End Time:

06:36 PM


8° - 13°

Description of the Day:

Scattered showers and unpredictable weather patterns kept eagles down today. Though the eagle count was shockingly low for the date, other raptors were in fine form with the highlight being a very unusual bird for the count, a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk!

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Osprey 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 Cooper's Hawk 2 Northern Goshawk 3 Bald Eagle 5 Red-tailed Hawk 2 (1 Harlan's, 1 Calaurus) Ferruginous Hawk 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Prairie Falcon 2

Period with Most Migrants:

11:00 - 12:00 and 12:00 to 13:00, with 9 each

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Golden Eagle 1 Northern Goshawk 1

Other Birds of Note:

Pacific Wren 1, White-winged Crossbill 290, Clark's Nutcracker 1, Ruffed Grouse 2, Red-winged Blackbird 2, American Pipit 4

Number of Visitors: