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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:

08:10 AM

End Time:

06:00 PM


+2C to +9C

Description of the Day:

A mix of sun and cloud with some light rain. Much darker clouds to the south and west for most of the day. SW winds. Calm at ground level in the morning, stronger in the afternoon. Ridge winds strong all day with some gusts over 100 km/h. Slow day for raptors.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

8 (3 adults, 5 unaged)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagle 4, Northern Goshawk 1

Period with Most Migrants:

16:00 to 17:00 with 3 raptors

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Red breasted Nuthatch 1, Northern Shrike 1, Pine Grosbeak 4, Mountain Bluebird 2, Clarks Nutcracker 1, American Dipper 1, White winged Crossbill 14, Bohemian Waxwing 36

Other Observations:


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