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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: Caroline Lambert, Rick Robb

Start Time:

08:25 AM

End Time:

06:15 PM


2C to 8C, 5C at end of day

Description of the Day:

Conditions were entirely favourable for migration with strong westerly winds and clear ridges, but this had no impact on the birds, as very few migrants were seen. The temperature was warmer than normal, and a Chinook arch was present over the east ridge for much of the day, which would have aided in spotting eagles had there been any to spot. A late Mountain Bluebird hunted energetically over the meadow all day, but otherwise the day was completely unremarkable.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

4 (1 adult, 1 subadult, 2 unknown)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Bald Eagle, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

Period with Most Migrants:

Two Golden Eagles showed up between 17:00 and 18:00.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

The resident Golden Eagle is still hanging out around Nakiska, and a Northern Goshawk hunted over our heads.

Other Birds of Note:

14 Canada Geese followed the eagle flight path, 8 Northern Pintail flew south high over our heads, 1 Harlequin Duck juvenile seemed lost on the river - it should have migrated west to the ocean by now but we hope that because the river doesn't freeze completely it will survive if it stays, 1 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Shrike which took a swipe at the bluebird but didn't seem to phase the bluebird much, 2 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 9 Common Ravens, 4 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Mountain Chickadees, 1 Mountain Bluebird, 10 Bohemian Waxwings, 6 Common Redpolls, 10 White-winged Crossbills

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