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Bald Eagles on the Fox River Update

Yesterday I put up a post documenting my 10 mile drive from Yorkville to Montgomery along the Fox River looking for bald eagles. When I had got to 20 of them, I quit counting and enjoyed just looking for them.

Relatively early this morning I took that same 10 mile drive and decided to let the OCD side of me count every single eagle I saw.

Last night we had temperatures down into the single digits out my way and when I headed out it was 12 degrees. I was a bit surprised to see one long stretch of the Fox River that was locked up with ice yesterday, suddenly have a wide open stretch of flowing water. Kind of flies in the face of logic, but the eagles liked it. Saw three there today where yesterday there were none.

All total I saw 39 bald eagles in this short 10 mile drive up the river. I’m sure there are many more. This 10 mile stretch of the river has long stretches that are inaccessible by car. Over the years, during the warmer months, I’ve waded just about all of it in pursuit of smallmouth bass, but with temps in the teens I couldn’t gather up the stamina to make the long hikes through tougher terrain just to look for eagles. A heartier soul with a good map should be able to figure out how to get to these more remote stretches.

There were quite a few others out early to do the same as me. Cars were moving slowly up Route 25, more cars were parked along the side of the road and people with cameras, tripods and binoculars were lined up to get a better look at the eagles. With the cloudless skies this morning, the birds were pretty well lit up in the sunshine and much easier to spot.

This weekend is Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park. I know a few people that head down to that event every year. With what little competitive blood I have in me, I am looking forward to hearing their eagle sighting reports and hoping it’s half of what’s been seen so much closer to home. That’ll teach them.

No pictures today. All of the eagles seen were on the opposite side of the river and I’ve grown accustomed to the limitations of my camera equipment.

Photo courtesy of Larry Granat and his Facebook page The Kendall County Bird Page.

Golden Eagle flew over my house, December 11, 2011

That was the name of a post put on Facebook the other day by Larry Granat.

Almost two years ago I was out cruising along the Fox River on a sunny, relatively warm January day with my daughter Leah. We were out looking for places to explore.

On a long dead end road that follows the south bank of the river we were letting the car idle along. Out in the river, sitting on a log, was a bald eagle. I stopped to take a few pictures with a point and shoot camera I carry around.

Another car was stopped a little further down. A much nicer camera was sticking out of one of the windows taking pictures of the same bald eagle. I flagged down the other car as we idled past each other.

Larry and Deb Granat were nice enough to agree to email me some better shots of the bald eagle, and a couple of days later I got a few.

Someday I’ll have the extra cash to get me one of them better cameras.

I also did a write up on that day’s events that showed up here:

1/31/10 Fox River Eagle

Even though we apparently live about a mile from each other on the south side of the Fox River in Yorkville, I’ve never seen Larry or Deb again. Instead, thanks to our posting on the internet, I follow them around Kendall County and the Fox River while they are out exploring and looking for birds and they follow me around while I go out exploring and looking for more remote places on the Fox to go fishing.

Which brings me back to the title of this post. A little over a month ago Larry started the Kendall County Bird Page on Facebook. The post includes some nice photos of what he believed to be a golden eagle. A discussion followed on whether or not the eagle seen was a golden eagle or perhaps an immature bald eagle. It’s a tough call sometimes. In the thread Larry announces that it was indeed verified as an adult golden eagle.

You can read the whole thread, and see more photos, here:

Golden Eagle flew over my house, December 11, 2011

When I was growing up in Chicago, if you would have told me I would some day be living on the edge of the Chicago Metro Area, I would have said you were crazy.

If you would have told me that I would some day be living on the edge of the Chicago Metro Area and seeing bald eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, deer, fox, wild turkeys and now a golden eagle, I would have thought for sure that you had lost your mind.

And yet, I’ve had deer come peer in my basement window.

Flying squirrels that let us come up and pet them.

Wild turkey at my front window.

I watched a great horned owl swoop down on my black cat when it mistook it for a skunk. Hawks and falcons are seen floating by on a regular basis with prey hanging from their talons. A couple of months ago I stepped out into my backyard, which is fenced, to find a wild turkey out there wandering around.

Somewhere in that mile between me and Larry and Deb, I know there are coyotes. I’ve heard them howling down along the river. I’ve seen their footprints out in the woods. My goal is to track them down and get some photos of them. They are the ghosts of the woods, I think this is going to be one of the hardest things I’ve done while out exploring.

That does sound a little crazy though, doesn’t it.