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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: Blake Weis, Annie Finch

Start Time:

08:30 AM

End Time:

06:20 PM


-1 to +3

Description of the Day:

Cloud cover varied from 30-80%. Wind gusted from the SW up to 30 km/h at ground level and 80 and ridge level. Those weather conditions were good for observation and migration but few raptors turned up to take advantage of them

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

6 Bald Eagles and 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

Period with Most Migrants:

1-2 pm with 3 migrants

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Golden Eagle, 2 Bald Eagles and 1 Northern Goshawk

Other Birds of Note:

1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 American Dipper, 30 Bohemian Waxwings, 15 Pine Grosbeaks, 57 Common Redpolls, 43 White-winged Crossbills and 1 Dark-eyed Junco

Other Observations:

Nothing of note

Number of Visitors: