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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: Lori Anderson, Blake Weis

Start Time:

07:45 AM

End Time:

05:15 PM


-3C to 0C

Description of the Day:

It was a good day for November, although it seemed so quiet with very few birds in the area, a reminder that deep winter is on its way. Snow fell lightly at intervals from 9:00 to 14:00. Ground winds 5-10 km/h with gusts up to 30km/h. Ridge winds 34 to 60 km/h with gusts from 60-107 km/h. The Eastern ridges were clear all day and all of the migrants were found on that route. The Western ridges were partially obscured all day with a storm system insisting from the S/SW for most of the day. Cloud cover was usually about 80% Cumulous and Alto Cumulous but varied between 40 and 100%.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

2 Bald Eagles ( 1 Subadult Type 3, 1 Subadult - U)

Period with Most Migrants:

13:00-14:00 with 4 Golden Eagles

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Adult Bald Eagle, hunting on the river going south.

Other Birds of Note:

1 Clark's Nutcracker, 20 Common Redpolls, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 1 White-winged Crossbill, 1 American Dipper, 8 Common Ravens, 2 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie.

Other Observations:

1 Red Squirrel.

Number of Visitors: