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Where are the eagles?- Spotting

Viewing eagles is best near open water on clear days.  Once ice begins to form on the lake the river channel maybe the only open water in the area.  Eagles will gather in this area to take advantage of the fishing opportunities.  When spotting bald eagles it is best to have binoculars or a spotting scope.   

When looking for bald eagles adults can be easily identified by their white head and tail as well as their yellow beak and feet.  Their tails and heads don't turn white until they are between 4 and 5 years old their beaks are also brown when they are juvenile.  Because of this people often mistake juvenile bald eagles for hawks.  They are larger than the hawks in this area so if you think you see a large brown hawk check again it could be a juvenile bald eagle.