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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:

07:50 AM

End Time:

05:00 PM


-7C to +2C

Description of the Day:

Overcast and calm morning. Cloud layer gradually thinned and broke-up throughout the day becoming clear by mid-afternoon. Ground and ridge-level winds were calm to light SW all day. Slow raptor movement. All birds flew over the Fisher Range close to ridge level.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

3 (2 adults, 1 juvenile)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

10 Bald Eagles, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 1 Northern Goshawk

Period with Most Migrants:

15:00 to 16:00 with 7 migrants.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Golden Eagle

Other Birds of Note:

35 Canada Geese, 2 Canada Jays, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 11 Common Ravens, 3 Black-capped Chickadees, 2 Common Redpolls, 4 White-winged Crossbills, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 1 American Dipper

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