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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: Bill Wilson

Start Time:

07:30 AM

End Time:

04:35 PM


Low -8C, high -5C

Description of the Day:

Eastern ridges mostly 80 to 100 percent obscured all day, western ridges mostly 90 to 100 percent obscured, wind north 0 to 10 km/h in the morning, gusting to north 30 km/h later in the afternoon. Scattered snowflakes fell all day. I left the site at 4:35 pm after both sides of the valley had been completely obscured for a couple of hours and snow (not just scattered snowflakes) was starting to move in from the north.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:


Period with Most Migrants:

No migrants.

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 adult Bald Eagle fllapped north from Patrick about 200 m above the valley floor.

Other Birds of Note:

1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 American Dipper, 5 ravens.

Other Observations:

Nothing of note.

Number of Visitors: