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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: Blake Weis, Annie Finch

Start Time:

11:00 AM

End Time:

07:00 PM


4C - 5C

Description of the Day:

We started the count later than usual due to heavy rain in the morning. By 11 am it had turned to light rain and the ridges were still obscured. The low cloud slowly lifted off the mountains between 2 and 5 pm and the rain stopped around 4 pm. The first migrant was seen at 1:16 pm soaring low below the cloud in front of Patrick. It ramped up from there into a big rush late in the day. The last migrant passed just before sunset at 6:23 pm. Continuing the Saturday trend most of them were difficult to age silhouetted by heavy cloud cover. The highlight of the day was a black swift which few south down the valley around 4:50 pm. That species is scarce at any time of the year but seems especially rare this late into the fall.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

45 (13 adults, 3 juveniles, 29 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

2 Bald Eagles, 5 Rough-legged Hawks

Period with Most Migrants:

Most migrants (31 of 52) passed between 5 pm and 6 pm

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Bald Eagle

Other Birds of Note:

1 Black Swift, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 20 Bohemian Waxwings, 2 Common Redpolls, 5 Pine Siskins, 5 Lapland Longspurs, 1 White-crowned Sparrow

Other Observations:

Nothing of note

Number of Visitors: