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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:

07:47 AM

End Time:

07:36 PM


-8°C - +8°C

Description of the Day:

Despite virtually no Ridge winds at the start of the day, eagles began trickling through around 8 and continued throughout the day. For the first couple hours, they followed the western range, but by noon all our birds were heading south along the Fisher range. Throughout the day there wasn't a cloud to be seen, and after the shrike made an appearance the same could be said for passerines. The clear skies made aging easier than usual, and gave a lovely view of Venus and it's moons at the end of the day.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Northern Goshawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Peregrine Falcon 3 Prairie Falcon 1

Period with Most Migrants:

15:00 - 16:00 and 16:00 - 17:00 with 31 each

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Northern Goshawk 1

Other Birds of Note:

Northern Shrike 1, American Dipper 1, American Tree Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 1, Ruffed Grouse 1

Number of Visitors: