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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

Start Time:

07:45 AM

End Time:

05:45 PM


From +5C to +8.5C at 13:00 hrs to +5C at 17:45 hrs

Description of the Day:

A windy day with flurries developing on SW and W sides of the valley from 13:00 hrs. Rain with snow in higher elevation moved over the valley after 16:45 hrs. All ridges were obscured after 17:20 hrs.
Eagles were migrating for 8 hours, from 9-17:00 hrs and all were flying over Fisher Range.
1st Golden Eagle flew at 9:11 hrs and last at 16:51 hrs.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

47 ( adult-28, sub-adult-2, juveniles-2, unaged-15)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle-4 adults, Sharp-shinned Hawk-1 adult,

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 11-12:00 hrs with 9 Golden Eagles and between 14-15:00 hrs with 9 migrating raptors (with 7 Golden Eagles)

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 adult Northern Goshawk hunting in the valley.

Other Birds of Note:

Nothern Shrike-1 juvenile, Pileated Woodpecker-1, White-winged Crossbill-150.

Other Observations:

Nothing of note

Number of Visitors: