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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: Lori Anderson, Ian Dowson

Start Time:

08:15 AM

End Time:

06:30 PM


3.5C- 8C

Description of the Day:

Apart from a rainy period from 10:00- 12:00 and a few strong gusts of wind, it was a great fall day. Ground winds blew from the south and the SW/WSW ridge winds ranged from 40-80 km/h with gusts up to 115 km/h. Most migrants preferred the Eastern Route and appeared over Patrick or North Fisher.
An adult Northern Goshawk flew down and came within a few meters of the site offering a great view of its steel blue/grey plumage.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

4 Bald Eagles,1 Sharp-shinned Hawk and 1 Coopers Hawk.

Period with Most Migrants:

12:00- 13:00 and 17:00- 18:00 with 7 each hour.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Rough-legged Hawk.

Other Birds of Note:

1 American Dipper, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 20 Bohemian Waxwings, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 White-winged Crossbill, and a conspiracy of 8 Ravens, 2 Black-billed Magpies.

Number of Visitors: