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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:

08:00 AM

End Time:

06:20 PM


From -4.5C to +6C at 15:00 hrs to +1C at 18:00 hrs.

Description of the Day:

Very nice day for November. Chinook cloudiness in the morning with clearing in the afternoon. Ridge wind from SW all day. From 50-81 km in morning hours to 25-40 km in mid-afternoon.
Eagles flew over Fisher Range from 10 to 17:00 hrs.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

54 ( adults-29, sub adults- 12, juvenile-7, unaged-6 )

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagles - 6 ( adult-3, sub adult-2, immature-1 ), Northern Goshawk -1 juvenile, Rough-legged Hawk - 1 unaged, dark morph.

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 11-12:00 hrs with 12 migrants. All were Golden Eagles.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 adult Northern Goshawk.

Other Birds of Note:

Ring-billed Gull - 4, Northern Shrike - 2 ( adult & juvenile ), American Dipper - 2, Common Merganser - 4,
Bohemian Waxwing - 5.

Other Observations:

White-tailed Deer - 6, Bighorn Sheep - 14.

Number of Visitors: