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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, Dan Parliament with help from James Bannon & Teresa Gawron

Start Time:

07:30 AM

End Time:

07:30 PM


From -9C to +6C at 16:00 hrs and -1C at 19:00 hrs

Description of the Day:

Clear day with a cold morning and cloudless day. The clear sky was creating very challenging conditions for spotting and aging migrating raptors. Eagles were flying over the whole valley, but still, the majority flew over Fisher Range.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

244 ( A-125, SA-11, J-53, U-55 ). First eagle flew at 9:07 hrs, last at 18:40 hrs.

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle-3 ( A2, WB1-1 ), Sharp-shinned Hawk-4 U, Northern Goshawk-3A.

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 13-14:00 hrs with 46 Golden Eagles and 49 total migrating raptors

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Mountain Bluebird-2 (male & female), Lapland Longspur-1 juvenile, Varied Thrush-1, Common Loon-2, Northern Shrike-1, Three-toed Woodpecker-1.

Other Observations:

Pine Marten-1, Elk-2 bulls, Bighorn Sheep-4.

Number of Visitors: