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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: Graeme Dunlop, Ruth Morrow

Start Time:

07:25 AM

End Time:

07:15 PM


7 degC to 16 degC

Description of the Day:

Nice sunny day. The ground winds were mainly light from W/NW. Ridge winds moderate from the SW. 30% to 60% cirrus and cumulus clouds
A nice variety of raptors were seen today, most birds flew high over the Fisher Range which made identification of some smaller raptors quite challenging.

Migrant Golden Eagle Count:

31 (19 adults, 12 indeterminate)

Migrant Other Raptor Count By Species:

1 Bald Eagle, 4 Sharp shinned Hawk, 5 Coopers Hawk, 4 Northern Goshawk, 6 Red tailed Hawk, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Unidentified small falcons.

Period with Most Migrants:

11 migrants betweeb 15:00 and 16:00

Total Migratory Raptors:


Non-Migrant Raptors:

1 Northern Goshawk, 1 Golden Eagle

Other Birds of Note:

2 Dark-eyed Junco, , 15 Pine Siskin, 1 Townsends Solitaire, 1 Common Loon, 1 American Dippers, 35 Ravens, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Red breasted Nuthatch, 3 Black capped Chickadee, American Robin 100+.

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