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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:

08:10 AM

End Time:

04:00 PM


Stayed in a narrow range between 2C and 4C

Description of the Day:

The sun did not make an appearance today. Initially the east ridge was clear while the west ridge was partially obscured, and a couple of early migrants kept hopes up. Light rain fell off and on throughout the morning, and gradually became more constant while the clouds became gradually lower, eventually obscuring both ridges. The count was abandoned early at 4pm.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

2 (unknown age)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 juvenile Bald Eagle

Period with Most Migrants:

The morning had better conditions for migrants

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 adult Bald Eagle watched the river from a tree all morning.

Other Birds of Note:

2 Canada Jays, 4 Common Ravens, 1 Black-capped Chickadee, 1 Pine Grosbeak, 9 Common Redpolls, 5 White-winged Crossbills

Other Observations:


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