I like to report a bald eagle sighting on my farm on Dec 12 2013. This is the location of the sighting.
6184 N State Rd
Louisville Illinois 62858
12/12/2013 I was waiting to catch a train at Chicago st station in Elgin, IL at 7:28am flying over the fox river. Many of the commuters saw it as it was easy to pick out in the sky. It made.my day to.see such a beautiful bird that stands for so much.
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 11:10 AM: I was driving North on Harlem Avenue @ approximately I-80 and 189th, Tinley Park, Illinois. I saw this enormous white headed eagle with a huge yellow beak Α white tail feathers flying West overhead. I immediately wondered if I had just spotted a Golden Eagle. I had never seen one in the wild. It was coasting over Harlem Α appeared to be hovering over an undeveloped area south of Brookside Marketplace Shopping Center as if spotting prey. Its legs & talons were clearly visible.
I got home about 10 minutes later & looked in both my bird books-and I swear this was a Golden Eagle-easily 3ft long α minimum 6 to 8 foot wingspan.
I've seen hawks, kestrels & turkey vultures in the area (maybe even an eagle I mixed up with hawk) - I've never seen anything like this before.
Bald Eagle in Sycamore IL. Flew over pond in our backyard, turned around a flew back. All 4 of us got a great view as it wasn't flying very high. Flew length-wise over the pond, then flew back. The eagle was not fully mature, but mature enough to have a white head. We then saw it perched in a tall tree on a near-by farm, then flew along the tree-lines of the Kishwaukee River.
On October 26 and 27, 2013, I saw a bald eagle souring above Forestway
Drive in Glencoe, IL.
27 oct 13. Flying / circling over the Orland Grasslands Forest preserve Orland Park, IL 245 pm. Three people saw the eagle thru binoculars. Very cool.
Saw a Bald Eagle on 10/7/13 in Bolingbrook Illinois. Flew low right down my street and then continued to soar around for about 10 minutes. Had time to call 2 neighbors out who also viewed it. I live on the south side of town, near 119th and Weber. The eagle finally left heading southwest towards the Bolingbrook Golf Club.
I think I saw a migration over Bolingbrook Il. About 40, what looked liked eagles flying south west, say in a line from Milwaukee toward Starved Rock, Il. They were split up, but every once in a while sever would circle and then they would go off again. Some flying directly overhead seem to have white tail feathers and white heads. At first I thought they were turkey vultures, but when I got under them in a parking lot they definitely had a less boxy shape and not black. This was Between 9:45 and 10:00 am this morning.
We spotted the bald eagle in Gilberts, IL on August 11th. It was about 8:30am on Sunday morning. He was flying over the outskirts of our subdivision just West of Coombs road. He was headed into an open field just west of where we were located. We were headed East and could not watch him further but assume he was looking for something to eat in the farmers field.
Sept 11- How suiting to see an Eagle soaring along side the road on this anniversary. It was circling about the quarry off of Brandon Rd. in Joliet, IL it seems to be a great home for them (if they do live there) as it is about 100+ acres of deep clear water, steep rock bluffs, plenty of trees, and the protection of a 7ft fence of barbed wire topper with razor wire, and video monitored to prevent trespassing! It seems they can be more than safe to be a large majestic bird that they are undisturbed.
We saw a Bald Eagle on 9/9/13 in Belvidere, Illinois, Boone County. Cross streets were Poplar Grove Rd. and Squaw Prarie Rd.
What a beautiful sight!
Date: Feb 23, 2013
Location: South Elgin, IL
Fox River Dam at Spring & Rt 31
7 (seven) adults perching in a tree just north of the dam on the west bank.
We love that they are so close to our home in Barrington, IL
02/15/13 I live on the Fox River in South Elgin IL. We've been seeing a pair of bald eagles every day now for about a month or so. One of them landed in a tree in our back yard yesterday. We've seen them on the frozen river at the same time with a pair of white swans that have been coming around often.
I have sighted the bald eagles three times in the past three weeks.
First time – there were 2 eagles on top of a tree on Route 31 near the Boy Scouts Island, in Saint Charles, IL.
Second time – I saw them just yesterday, (Feb. 13, 2013) flying around in Geneva, right above the CVS there - 765 E State St Geneva, IL 60134
Third time – today, (Feb. 14, 2013) one eagle on top of a tree on Route 31 near the Boy Scouts Island, in Saint Charles, IL.
I can’t tell you how excited I was! I want to see them again to take a picture.
Sr. Betty Ann Martinez
Once in a lifetime viewing and this will be long. February 10 exactly 8 am since as I was leaving my townhouse getting ready for the daily morning dog walk, the church bells began to chime. Everyday around the Fox River in downtown Elgin Illinois in the middle of the winter you have a chance to spot an eagle or possibly two. Today ended up different. First spotting was in the highest tree across from the Gail Borden library. That was the magnet. Then not a few hundred yards north two distinct white bald heads and tails with the customary dark body in between. My dog begins to pull me and almost fell on the icy walkway because he spots a coyote walking across the ice covered river. Back to the two in the tree that somehow I initially did not notice two more bald heads and a minimum of 7 equally large dark figures. I stood on the eastern side of the river for the next 25 minutes hoping to see one begin to fly and now the fun begins. Two take flight and begin their chirping sounds flying south and as the pass the loner that was my magnet as they they swoop down and ruffle his feathers and continue on south over the picturesque Kimball St bridge. A couple minutes later a lone one flies headed in the same direction but again close to my first spotting and equally acknowledges with a chirp. Out from the gray skies seemingly coming from nowhere is another eagle landing on the already crowded area. Now three more take flight and proceed to do a pass over and stir up the hundred or so gulls. After a few nearly mid air collisions playing with each other making abrupt turns to avoid each other they go bother the first one and pushed him off his branch onto another. Ten more minutes pass by with an occasional one or two now going north up the river. Then the moment that I hoped for but never really thought would happen the finale happened. Just like anticipating the finale at a fireworks show three take off and play in flight. Then two more not 100% where they came from. The geese now are like I am out of here and do not return. Whereas the gulls just move about when an eagle was over head. At one point I counted 8 flying at once which was the most spectacular sight I have ever seen. A total of 8 completely white head and tail which must be over 3 years old. 4 with some white patches and the remaining about 5 more with almost 100% dark but with the uniquely massive wing span and broad shoulders. I never thought I would do this but I finally left and returned home an hour and a half after my beginning jury with 6-8 eagles still in the trees and with no one during the entire time to view nor talk about the once in a lifetime viewing. Growing up on the shores of Lake Erie in the 70's the eagle population was nearly non existent. I got a chance to visit Alaska in 1974 and still remember the 30 plus bald eagles in the trees of Ketchikan Eagles are special to me just ask my kids every time I still text them on nearly every sighting.
This morning @ 7:23 I saw a bald eagle flying south atop the Fox River in South Elgin, IL. I was crossing the river on the Stearns Road bridge. Made my morning!
I just learned of your site so this is a belated posting.
On September 11, 2011 (ironically), it was quite a warm late summer day, and I was out on my wave runner on the Fox River, north of Illinois Rt 176 and south of Moraine Hills State Park, when I spotted a bald eagle perched high atop a dead tree. It was quite large so I believe it was a female. After sitting there watching it for awhile, it took off and flew north along the river. I followed it, pacing it, and I estimate it was flying at 35-40 miles an hour.
After doing research, I think this was an unusual sighting, because it appears most of the sightings of these great birds occur in the winter months, and typically further south along the Fox River.
While sightings are common along the Mississippi, I have seen bald eagles while driving on Rt 20 in Iowa as far as 40-50 miles west of Dubuque.
I saw a bald eagle in flight today flying east over Rte 59 and over the South Barrington Arboretum (just northeast of the intersection of Rte 72 and Rte 59) at approximately 8:30am this morning. I have never seen an Eagle this Far East of the Fox River!
Sighted a Bald Eagle sitting at the top of a tree on the Canton/Glasford, IL blacktop this morning, January 25, 2013, at 8:30 A.M. I have seen Bald Eagles in the month of January, between Glasford and Canton the past couple of years. This isn't far from the Illinois River
Location: Princeton Illinois Area on I-80 exit 61-@ 3:30pm I was headed west on Interstate I-80 Right before exit 61 I spotted 1 bald eagle sitting in a line of trees off the interstate.
It appeared to be a mature & older eagle because it was very large,with a very white head.It must have been my lucky day because,@ 4:15pm i was headed in the eastbound lane of I-80 after exit 61 and it was flying above the interstate.
I was driving north on I-55 in Springfield Illinois and just behind Red Lobster to my right is south fork river. I always look over at the river because sometimes i see cranes bobbing for fish. This time i looked up into the trees because i thought i saw a large hawk but to my great amazement, it was an eagle. I thouht i was seeing things. I wanted to stop and take in this magnifacent sight, but traffic was barring down. I did go back later, but didnt spot it. I told my husband but he was very sceptical.
12/31/2012 ELGIN IL: First Bald Eagle sighting of the new season across Fox River from Gail Borden Library.
Last season, from same place, frequently saw one to five bald eagles between 2/5 to 3/10/2012 from Kimball St bridge to a half mile north, soaring, fishing, most often perched in trees on west side of Fox River.
I saw one when we were driving to Chicago from Denver. First time I
ever saw one in the wild, but my husband was driving too fast to get
out and take a picture. It was off of I-88. A few miles past the I-80
and I-88 intersection.
Off of Woodstock Rd. Near Woodstock rd, and Grange Hall rd. in Rural Belvidere, IL right along the creek
We saw two adult bald eagles and two young bald eagles at the Trask Bridge Forest Preserve near Durand, Illinois. It was an amazing thing to see. It absolutely made my day.
Due to an error, much of the IL directory has been lost. December 11, 2012
Rock Island, IL - Bald Eagle Watch and Clock Tower Tours
Saturday January 15th 2005 through February 20th 2005
Offered Saturdays and Sundays only.
Takes place at the Mississippi River Visitor Center located on the west end of Arsenal Island.
Times are 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Advanced registration is required, call 309-794-5338 for details.
The Quad Cities, located on the Mississippi River, is a prime spot for viewing bald eagles. Lock and Dam 15 keeps the waters open for feeding and the tree-lined banks make perfect perches. Each year, the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, IL, hosts the Quad Cities Bald Eagle Days the second weekend in January. For more information, go to www.qccaexpocenter.com or www.visitquadcities.com.
In recent years hundreds of bald eagles have been utilizing the Illinois River valley. Some excellent areas to view wintering eagles are the river fronts at Meredosia and Havana. Also on the Illinois River there are several pairs that have built active nests including five near Havana and one at Meredosia that have reared eaglets. For more information on Eagle
viewing on the Illinois River. Contact:
Great Rivers Area Office
The Nature Conservancy
220 W. Main St.
Havana, IL 62644
Eagle watching in Havana, Illinois -- The city of
Havana will be celebrating their winter residents during a one day festival
along the riverfront on February 3, 2001. Warming tents, local audubon
members, special merchant promotions, and bus tours. Also on hand will be
"Emi" eagle and her giant eagle's nest. At 2PM there will be a free live
raptor show presented by the Illinois Raptor Center.
The eagles are back in force this year - - we have been observing from 30-50
every day from the riverfront in Havana.
Courtesy of Tharran Hobson and Jo Skoglund
I live in Chester, Illinois, a town on the Mississippi River about half
way between St. Louis and Cairo, Illinois. Yesterday and today friends
and I spotted eagles perched on the Missouri side of the river.
Yesterday we saw two, and today we saw three. It was the first time I
had ever seen a bald eagle and I found it awesome.
Courtesy of Sandy Smith
A very good place to watch American
Bald Eagles is in and around Alton, Illinois, just immediately north of
St. Louis, MO. Alton, Elsah and Grafton, Illinois are all on the Great
River Road -- and the stretch of the road around Alton is a National
This Byway, known as the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic
Byway, parallels the Mississippi River form more than 14 miles.
Majestic bluffs are to one side and the river is immediately to the
other. From November through February, hundreds of American Bald Eagles
reside in the bluffs and fish the river's edge.
Several local naturalists offer professional tour guide programs,
including tours of the beautiful Pere Marquette State Park and Lodge.
Many hotels and B&Bs offer packages and special rates during Eagle
For more information, contact the Greater Alton Twin Rivers Convention
and Visitors Bureau at 800 ALTON IL or on the web at www.visitalton.com
Courtesy of Doug Arnold
We have some great Eagle watching in Illinois along the
Mississippi River. The most advertised areas are along "The Great River Road" from Alton, IL
to Grafton, IL. These are excellent viewing sights that can be observed from
your car without disturbing the Eagles. Pere Marquette offers lodging, food and
information on Eagle watching. This entire road is very scenic with novelty shops and
restaurants along the way. Also there is an annual Eagle Festival held in late January
at the Chain of Rocks Bridge that is part of the Old Route 66 Highway connecting
Illinois and Missouri.
Courtesy of Billy Poole, O'Fallon IL.
after reading you web site on american eagles i thought id like to tell you for the last 3 weeks ive been watching eagles fishing out side my home in in rockford illinios,on the rock river the most ive seen at one time is three and i must say it is a spectacular sight,when they fly proberly within about 60 feet of you. Courtesy of paul passmore rockford ill
The Henry Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Bald Eagle Day on Saturday, February 21,2004.
Henry is located on the Illinois River approximately 35 miles south of Peru, IL, and about 35 miles north of Peoria, IL.
Henry has a four block riverfront viewing area, as well as a historic lock & dam area for viewing on any day.
On Saturday the 21st, an indoor venue will be available from which to view the eagles. Area photos will be on display and Bert Princen, Peoria bird authority, will be on hand for questions and assistance.
Breakfast and lunch will be available at the American Legion Hall, coffee and hot chocolate at both the Legion Hall and the indoor viewing area. Courtesy of Tom Davis
Starved Rock State Park hosts an annual Bald Eagle Viewing weekend, usually the last weekend of January. Opportunities to watch the birds with high-powered telescopes are offered at the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers Visitors' Center on the north side of the Illinois River [on Dee Bennett Road] while at Starved Rock a variety of educational activities are offered the whole weekend. I took my daughter yesterday and we spotted several eagles as soon as we got out of the car!
There is great concern locally and state-wide because developers want to build on Plum Island, which is where the eagles gather. You can learn more by visiting www.friendsofplumisland.org
Courtesy of Rachael Mellen
The Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge along the Mississippi River in the Savanna, IL, area is a great spot to enjoy eagles and all forms of waterfowl. The preserve encompasses Spring Lake, which is encircled by a manmade levee; a breech on the south side gives access to the river and main channel. The lovely new visitors' education center on Riverview Rd., just off Hwy 84, 4 miles south of Savanna, features a great viewing area complete with telescope. You can also enjoy the displays, buy maps & wildlife related items,and have your questions answered by helpful professionals. Other viewing areas along the highway are clearly marked with those familiar brown signs. We never tire of watching resident eagles gather on the lake ice every morning during the winter or see them scouting for prey when we take the boat thru back sloughs while fishing during the rest of the year. If you're ever up that way, check it out. Courtesy of Pat Frederick
Christmas Day - North of the Quad Cities on the Mississippi River - at least 50 bald eagles fishing, soaring above the dam off of Route 84. Normally, there are 5 to 10 in the months of January and February. We have never seen so many. What a Christmas present we received! Courtesy of Mark and Jean Palazzo
Dec. 19, 2005 Place Lock & Dam Mississippi River North of Albany, Illinois Viewed over 200 Eagles over only open water on river. ALL IN 10 minutes time..They were diving at each other, as others were feeding. There also were a pair of Golden Eagles trying to feed during the many Bald Eagles. Temp. was 4 degrees above zero, with 15 mile an hour winds. COLD!!!!! Courtesy of Bob McArdle
December 28th, Went "Eagle Watching" on the Great River Road just North of St. Louis – from Alton, Illinois up to Pierre Marquette..My family has always enjoyed taking the very scenic drive along where the Mississippi & Missouri Rivers meet..Today was very cloudy – around 37 degrees and very windy..Overall, we saw probably a total of 30 eagles – some diving for food – others soaring.. Actually snapped two very good shots in trees very close to locations to pull over..I was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of Eagles we witnessed..I would highly suggest making the trek from St. Louis or surrounding areas to this great location for Eagle Watching… Courtesy of Monte Maxey
Sunday afternoon, December 31, 2005, on the Great River Road just north
of Alton, Illinois, I had the thrill of a lifetime - I viewed fifty or
so eagles! What a amazing site. The eagles soared in groups of four
or five - hugging the bluffs, drifting in the afternoon breezes. My
friend and I stopped on the side of the highway (with numerous other
curious folks) to view the birds in flight. As I had never heard an
eagle before, it took me by surprise at the sounds they produced. I
have never, ever seen so many beautiful birds in one place ! They
just seemed to glide - oblivious to those of us below -- watching them
with our binoculars focused on their antics. Young and old alike, we
(the curious seekers of the wintering eagles) delighted in the
peaceful, graceful loops across the winter sky. I am hooked! This
weekend I will be back again - awaiting those gleaming white heads and
powerful, black wings! Courtesy of Kathleen Hawkins, St. Louis.
On January 27th at approximately 3 PM I crossed the Illinois river on Route 67 just north of Beardstown, Illinois. I saw one mature eagle in the top of a tree. What a thrill! I live in central Illinois and was really hoping to be fortunate to see one and my wish came true. Courtesy of Cindy Gollus
Every winter for the last 9 years I have observed Bald eagles fishing the open
water of the Rock River. My home sits atop a bluff, and many times the eagles
use the oak trees in my yard to rest. One day I counted nine eagles total 3
adults and 6 immatures, all in the same tree. Today I sighted a number of very
young eagles practicing their flying skills, close by where 2 adults who were
being very vocal. I have never heard them be so noisy. Courtesy of K.
We have sighted three bald eagles inthe Sterling Rockfallls, Illinois area. They are flying outside my back yard next to the Lawrence park area. We have seen a female eagle and two male bald eagles. One is prominently larger than the other male.We've seen them active since sunrise to sunset. When not in flight they tend to land in the same two trees; we've seen them for almost a week now. Courtesy of Francine Gallegos, Michael Gallegos and Todd Chaney
Just S. of 75th and just W. of Book Road in Naperville
Park District Reserve- Springbrook Trails.
Date: March 21st
Time: 11:45 am
Comments: Bald Eagle was eating dead prey on the
ground and then took flight heading E. over Book Road
to perch itself in a tree just E. of Book Road.
After a few minutes, the eagle flew E. towards
Naperville/Plainfield Road, still S. of 75th Street.
Courtesy of Stacey Ranzieri
3-26-06 this past Sunday, a bald eagle & juvinile (almost all black) were
soaring over Mayfair park in Westchester, Illinois heading east.
One of the little kids said it was an eagle, which I quickly doubted. As I
followed its approach and when it was just above us, I could see it had a
white head. I couldn't believe it!
This is very unusual for this area! It made my weekend. This area is just
north-east of Bemis Woods.
Courtesy of Dan Nunamaker