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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: Dan Parliament, Glenn Webber

Start Time:

07:30 AM

End Time:

05:40 PM


-3 C to + 2 C

Description of the Day:

Initially heavy fog, clearing gradually to 50 % cloud cover and then deteriorating at the end of the day to 100 % overcast, with both ridges obscured and slight drizzle and snow. Periodic brief squalls moved through the valley during the day. Winds were light 5-10 km per hr. with brief gusts to 15 km per hr. Despite a vigilant and unremitting effort throughout the day, on the part of the observers, no eagles or raptors were detected.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:


Period with Most Migrants:


Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Mountain Chickadee x 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch x 2
Canada Jay x 2
Common Raven x 9
White-winged Crossbill x 2
Bohemian Waxwing x 30

Other Observations:

White-tail Deer x 4
Red Squirrel x 2

Number of Visitors: