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  1. #1
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    Default Eagles Along the Mississippi

    This past January, we took a drive out to the Mississippi River and drove the Iowa side from Dubuque to the Quad Cities.

    January is prime eagle-watching time along the river. However, you are not guaranteed a sighting. One year, we only saw one.

    As you've probably read, the bald eagle is essentially out of danger of extinction, and the numbers we see these days tell the story.

    In Dubuque, the spot to visit is by the lock and dam. They'll either be flying, sitting on ice floes, or in the trees behind you. We estimate we saw 45 here.

    Farther south is Bellevue where we saw 35 by the lock and dam. Clinton, Iowa, had 27 north and south of the casino boat along the levee.

    Princeton had 20 flying north of town, and another 30 in town. We were able to get up close to six of them sitting in trees.

    Between Princeton and LeClare, we saw 50. Add another three in LeClare, and 13 by Bettendorf, one of the Quad Cities.

    That's 223, more or less. Well worth a trip.

  2. #2
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    Default

    good news for the bald eagle then!
    sounds great,any pictures of them for us u.k'ers

  3. #3
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    Default Oh Wow

    That's awesome. I've never seen an eagle in person, but I do love when I randomly spot Hawks around here. The walking path I sometimes use is surrounded by pine trees and some stumps. I watched a hawk hunt from one of the stumps for about 30 minutes. He was completely ignoring the people on the path. I was worried that he'd run away everytime I passed him, but he just kept looking for food.

    I'm with gommy. I'd love to see some pictures.

    Laura

  4. #4
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    Default Always a pleasure

    Seeing an eagle is a feel-good moment to be sure. That is an incredible number to see on a single trip. We had the good fortune to see one last Summer in Virginia, and occasionally we get a glimpse of one or two when we visit the nearby Quabbin Reservoir.

    I'd love to see some pictures, too!

  5. #5
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    Default No Pictures

    The old camera is broken, but I intend to get one of those new-fangled digital ones so should get some good shots next year.

    Sorry.

  6. #6
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    Default January Prime Time

    January is prime time for bald eagle viewing in the Midwest. Quite a few cities along the rivers have bald eagle days as well.

  7. #7
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    Default Lots of eagles around here, too

    I used to work in an office right next to a river. On the other side of the river was forests. It was not unusual for the eagles to dive-bomb to catch the fish in the river. I would sometimes eat lunch there on nice days just to watch the action.

    Wow...that is a LOT of eagles though. I don't know if I've seen that many in my whole life!

  8. #8
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    Default We have buzzards!

    - I guess those aren't as exciting as eagles,though. :)

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