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Eagle Watching in Alton, Illinois
January is one of the greatest months on the calendar here in Southwestern Illinois.
Ok, I can hear you. "Nancy, are you crazy? It's cold. Sometimes it snows or ices. Christmas is over and Mardi Gras isn't here yet. There's nothing good about January, so what the heck are you talking about?"
I'm talking about the eagles, my friends.
American Bald Eagles makes their winter home here on the Mississippi River. They build massive nests in the tall trees near the Father of Waters and spend the days fishing and gliding on air currents above the tall limestone bluffs. There's nothing like seeing one of these American treasures soaring overhead. It truly is a breath-taking experience.
To see these majestic creatures, just drive up the Great River Road, beginning in Alton and continuing through historic Elsah, into charming Grafton and all the way to Pere Marquette State Park. Take binoculars and keep an eye out for the more experienced eagle watchers. If you see someone pulled over on the side of the road and looking up, chances are you've found the eagles. (The photo that accompanies this blog post was taken near Grafton, Illinois last weekend.)
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