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Fraser, Iowa February 1-5, 2019
The Des Moines River has finally frozen for the most part around Fraser. But there are still a couple spots that are open water, near the Fraser Dam & the Big Eddy. The open water really attracts eagles & I have seen them almost everyday flying over the water or perched in trees along the river bank. I also saw several feeding on something in a field just south of Fraser on E26. There is only one other year I can remember seeing so many of them & seeing them so frequently, I think that was a year when the river didn't freeze till late in the winter too. I have really enjoyed seeing them & some photographer friends have gotten some really pretty photos.
Amy Laube

Amy Michalik wrote the following: Mature bald eagle flying over Holliday Creek edge of our property 1.5 miles west of Des Moines River @ Coalville, IA. Full white head & tail.

Brian McDaniel wrote the following: 01/14/16 Near Pacific Junction, IA between I-29 and the Missouri River.

wende coe wrote the following: 15 miles south of iowa city off rte 80. Passed one that was atop a tree.

Emily Moser wrote the following: We hold an annual Eagle Watch Event here in Guttenberg, IA. It will be held on Feb 13th 2016.

I saw an eagle flying overhead this afternoon, about 1:30 pm, in Highland Park Des Moines, at the corner of Euclid and 6th. It was beautiful!
Rusti Gammon

I was amazed to see a bald eagle fly over my car as I was leaving Altoona, Iowa near the I-80 exit. It had picked up a small animal or rodent from the grassy area at the exit and began to fly west. It was mature enough to have the white head and tail feathers.
Karen Moss

Saw a huge beautiful male bald eagle near Leeds on way to Hinton, Iowa. He flew over our car and was so beautiful he went to the East in some trees. It was just outside of Leeds, Iowa on HyWay 75 going North.
Randy R. Renshaw, Sioux City, Iowa

Saw one flying over the LaQuinta Inn at the intersection of I35/80 and University ave. in Clive, IA on 11-26-13 at approximate 8:30 a.m.
Abby Hayes

Today while driving on Tipton hwy. perched high in a tree. A beautiful sight.
D K Hartley

This afternoon saw my first bald eagle of the fall, an adult male, perched on a high utility pole next to the nishnabotna river near Hastings, Iowa.
Pete Franks=

My husband (eagle eye) has noted 2 during the Holidays.
We actually saw 1 approx. 10 miles east of Eagle, Nebraska. Really.
The other we saw flying north across Elrod Road (and 230th). Located just north of Glenwood, Iowa
Stay tuned for more sightings as Jack is tuned in...
Sandra Staack

On Wednesday November 28, 2012 I spotted a large bald eagle just outside of Osceola Iowa while driving North on I35. I am not sure if it was male or female but,,it had a wing span of approximately 6 feet. It had been feeding on a deer carcass along the highway and was viewed from a distance of about 40-50 yards. I was quite shocked to see such a large bird coming up off the side of the road. I have seen eagles before but, usually along the Mississippi or out in the Oregon/ Washington area.
What a magnificent bird!
Phil Freese

City Park, Iowa City, Johnson County
Saw 2 yesterday. I also saw another one, but think it was one of the pair.
Saw another today flying overhead.
Betsy McElroy

Single bald eagle seen in tree near Diamond Lake Park in Poweshiek County in Iowa. Bald eagles have been seen in the area for the last couple years at least.
The Dotsons

I saw a bald eagle this morning on my drive from Ames to Nevada for school. It flew directly over my car; it was a really neat sighting!
Taylor Watson

We have spotted 3 bald eagles at our farm in Breda Iowa(51436). They have been appearing every day for the last month.
Marilyn Mohr

12/27/10 West Ames, Iowa. We saw a bald eagle soaring in a clear blue sky with frosty trees. It was a beautiful sight.
Carol Boeke

Today (12/16/10) sighted 4 to 6 Bald Eagles on the Des Moines River in Ottumwa, IA resting on an capsized boat stuck in the river just downstream from the dam. I am going to college here in Ottumwa and noticed them last year about the same time, when a small ice island forms around the boat. Last year they seemed to stick around until mid to late January.
Jared Mills

Yesterday (Dec. 6 2010) saw about 2 dozen bald eagles in the trees along South Concord Street in Davenport.
Jim Uskavitch

Yesterday sighted 5 Bald Eagles on the Iowa River near Hills and Iowa City, Iowa.
William Kimbell

Today I saw my first up close Bald Eagle! This is 02/13/10, by the rest area on I-29 near Glenwood, Ia. He was sitting on a road sign just off the edge. He, or, she was beautifull!!
Donna B Malvern Ia

My husband and I went in search of Bald Eagles today.....we drove down around Monticello, Iowa and during the course of the day (a total of about 5 hours) we saw a total of about 90 Bald Eagles. At one point we saw a group of about 45 of them and again later saw another group of about 30. The trees they were sitting in were about half a mile from the road so my photo's are not as clear as I'd have liked......but did get some ok ones. Later on our drive east of Independance on Highway 20, we saw another group of about 6. Those were sitting in trees right off of Highway 20. Maybe about 40 yards away from us. It was wonderful to see so many of the beautiful birds.
Barb Guenther

1-30-10, Greene County, Iowa
We saw seven bald eagles today, one checking out an old nest site with a partner near by in a tree, three, including an young one in a tree, and two more in the air. This was 195th St at Eaton Ave, north of Scranton, IA, along the Raccoon River.
Joyce Clark

I have seen 18 or more eagles in a field for the last several days. The location is south of Oxford, Iowa on Black Hawk Avenue. There's a small stream that runs through this field. And I know that the farmer spread manure on this field last week. I'm not sure what the attraction is. But it's breath taking to see so many.
Jessica Bryant

Eagles have been scarce along the Cedar River in South West Cedar Rapids. I have photos of two - one in a tree by the river - the other along Otis road a good 2 miles from the river.
duane Cooley

1/24/10 Where have all the eagles gone? We haven't seen nearly as many this year as last. We watch them in the SE corner of Iowa. Last year when the ice was breaking up we stood at Riverview Park in Fort Madison, IA and counted to 50 or more. Mostly sitting on the edge of open pools of water in the river. Along The Mississippi River Road from Montrose to Keokuk we could count that many again. In Victory Park in Keokuk, IA, we could see over 100, also sitting on the edge of the ice.

Today, we saw none in Fort Madison, 2 in the Montrose and fewer than a dozen along river road. From Victory Park we only spotted 2. The count was higher last month but not much.

The weather is above freezing today. The Mississippi river is open water below Lock #19 and the ice is broken up above the dam at Montrose and Fort Madison. The water is up some.

The yearly eagle count is January 30. Maybe then we will know whether they have just gone to a different area.

There doesn't seem to be any shortage of geese or sea gulls.
Val Root

I saw 5-6 Bald Eagles on 1/11/2010 and 1/14/2010. The sighting was in Iowa City, IA on the Iowa river between the Burlington St. bridge and the Iowa Avenue bridge.
Joey Michael

January 10, 2010, in southeast Iowa City, Iowa, we saw one American Bald Eagle soaring through the small wetlands behind our house then eating it's prey in our neighbor's tree. We are used to small birds, geese, ducks and the occasional hawk, but, this is the first eagle we've seen.
Laurie Steidler-Dennison

12/13/09 We saw 9 eagles roosting in one tree today in Victory Park, Keokuk, IA. There are enough eagles around the area now that any visitor would surely get to see one. If you were lucky you might be welcomed into town by one swooping down toward your car when you are on the highway. Especially if you come in across the Illinois-Mississippi bridge. Or you might see some eagles flapping or soaring around.
Some roost in the bare trees. Look for a big bird sized blob in the trees, especially those along the bank in Victory Park. If it isn't a loose leafy squirrel nest or a stray Wal-Mart bag, then it is probably is an eagle.
After the river begins to freeze, eagles can be seen sitting on the edge of the ice beside open water. We saw some there today. They like to ice fish. If they are sitting near the opposite bank, they may just appear as a black dot. I have seen the most eagles when the ice is breaking up for spring.
There are other big birds here too. Lots of sea gulls, geese, ducks and some white pelicans and a few herons. There's always something going on at the river below Lock & Dam 19.
Val Root
Fort Madison, IA

Spotted 2 bald eagles yesterday, 12-12-09, near the Nishnabotna River, Hastings Iowa, 51540 - Mills County in Southwest Iowa.
This was the first I have seen here since last winter.
Pete Franks

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