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Eagles at Starved Rock

January 23, 2011

This weekend, Bob and I drove to Starved Rock State Park, about 90 minutes southwest, to see the bald eagles. We knew they flocked to the open water on the Illinois River below a dam there, and that the cliffs at the park make for good viewing, but we weren’t expecting to see several dozen eagles. My pictures aren’t as good as the view from our binoculars, unfortunately, but it was awesome. A volunteer spotter counted 73 eagles that day; we probably saw at least 3 dozen. One tree alone, on an island in the river, had 18 eagles roosting in it. The best part was seeing the eagles soar and then land. There were a lot of stairs and icy paths to the overlook, but lots of eagles could be seen from the lodge’s back veranda. It was neat to see little kids with eagle beak hats enjoying the view, too.

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