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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 Cindy Parliament.

Start Time:

07:40 AM

End Time:

06:40 PM


From +10C to +18C in mid afternoon to +12 at 18:30 hrs.

Description of the Day:

Very warm day for October with clear sky for most of the day. Afternoon Ground wind was gusting from SW to 28 km/hr.
Ridge wind on Nakiska was from SSW gusting up to 103 km at 10:00 hrs to 69 km at 15:00 hrs.
Most eagles flew between 10-12:00 hrs. Last eagle observed at 13:22 hrs. No migrating raptor observed after 14:38 hrs.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

10 eagles = 2 adults, I juvenile and 7 unaged.

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1 unaged, Rough-legged Hawk - 3 unaged.

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 10-11:00 hrs with 6 Golden Eagles.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

Northern Goshawk - 1 adult

Other Birds of Note:

American Tree Sparrow, Belted Kingfisher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow.

Other Observations:

1 Butterfly - Morning Cloak,

Number of Visitors: