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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:

07:55 AM

End Time:

06:30 PM


0C to 11C

Description of the Day:

A nice sunny day with light SW winds and some high cirrus clouds. Ridge winds SW, light with gusts to 35km/h. A total of 50 Golden Eagles were seen, mostly between 13:00 and 18:00. All birds used the eastern flightpath.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle - 11, Northern Goshawk - 1, Rough-legged Hawk - 9, Red=tailed Hawk 1

Period with Most Migrants:

14:00 tp15:00 with 17

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Common Loon 14, Duck (sp.) 4, American Dipper 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Pine Siskin 10,

Other Observations:


Number of Visitors: