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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: Graeme Dunlop, Ruth Morrow

Start Time:

07:50 AM

End Time:

06:45 PM


-8 degC to 6 degC

Description of the Day:

Mostly sunny with a few scattered cumulus.
Steady movement of eagles from sunrise to near sunset.
Flight pattern seemed to correlate closely with wind speed. When winds were lighter most birds appeared over Fisher Range from a north east direction before gliding southward at or near ridge level. When winds were stronger birds flew much higher and usually came from the north west, gliding high overhead or towards the Fisher Range.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Coopers Hawk 2, Goshawk 2, Rough-legged Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Undifferentiated accipiter 1

Period with Most Migrants:

48 migrants between 17:00 and 18:00

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Lapland Longspur 1

Number of Visitors: