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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: George Halmazna, Ale Guerrero.

Start Time:

07:10 AM

End Time:

07:00 PM


From +10C to +7C at 9:00 hrs to +19C at 15:00 hrs to +16C at 19:00 hrs

Description of the Day:

Very nice sunny day with moderate wind and up to 50% cloud cover. But hardly any bird activity. We observed no eagles today.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 7, Red-tailed Hawk - 2

Period with Most Migrants:

Between 13-14:00 hrs = 3 raptors ( 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks & 1 Red-tailed Hawk ) and between 15-16:00 hrs ( 3 Sharp-shinned hawks ).

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

2 ( pair of Northern Goshawks )

Other Birds of Note:

American Dipper-1, Ruffed Grouse-3, American Crow-1, Common Raven-6, Pine Grosbeak-1, White-throated Sparrow-1, American Robin-1, Black-capped Chickadee-1, Pine Siskin-9, Northern Flicker-1, Common Merganser-3, Dark-eyed Junco-1.

Other Observations:

Mourning Cloak - 7
Red Squirrel-4

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