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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, Jim Boland

Start Time:

07:20 AM

End Time:

05:00 PM


-14 C to -11 C

Description of the Day:

A cool day with Northerly breezes at 0-5 km/hr. Snow squalls, and low cloud moved in and out of the valley all day, obscuring and then some clearing of the ridges. The Western ridges were mostly 100 % obscured all day. The count was seven Bald Eagles, one unidentified eagle, and one Northern Goshawk.
A conspicuous lack of other bird activity. The count for the day was terminated at 1700 hrs as low clouds obscured the ridges and heavier snow commenced.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:


Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

Bald Eagles x 7, Unidentified Eagle x 1, Northern Goshawk x 1

Period with Most Migrants:

1100-1200 hrs with four Bald Eagles (3 adults and one Subadult)

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:


Other Birds of Note:

Common Raven x 1
Canada Jay x 1
Belted Kingfisher x 1

Number of Visitors: