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.