Not a whole lot was happening on Saturday morning, with the weather laying heavy under rainy/cloudy skies. I did my usual route, and was surprised to see a few Bald Eagles at the dam, scanning the horizon and passing the time. I do see them from time to time throughout the year, but its a pretty rare sight. There are a few residents scattered around the counties, as American Bald Eagles have been taken off the endangered list, just last year. It's awesome to see them populating back into Illinois!
The best time of year for eagles in Illinois, is in the winter when it is cold enough to freeze the rivers over (Jan./Feb.). Just find a dam where the water is still open, and you can bet there will be eagles looking for food. Starved Rock State Park is a famous site for attracting Eagles. One of the parks greatest features in the winter months, is the coastline along the Illinois River at the lock and dam. Two years ago I went during a particularly cold winter, and counted 104 eagles in just one single tree!