Bald Eagles Frequently Spotted on Fox River in Algonquin

Patch reader Bob Siner shares photographs of bald eagles perched along the Fox River in Algonquin.

Photo: Bob Siner.
Photo: Bob Siner.
A Patch reader shared the attached photograph of bald eagles perched in a tree along the Fox River in Algonquin.

Bob Siner said he took this photograph slightly north of the old railroad bridge that crosses the Fox River in Algonquin. The bridge is now part of the Prairie Trail bike path.

Siner said it is fairly common to see more than one bald eagle perched together, and also sees groups of up to four eagles as well.

Here is the rest of Siner's original post on Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch:

Posted by bob_siner , January 16, 2014 at 02:48 PM

It's a banner year for Bald Eagles on the Fox downstream of the dams where the water is fast running and hasn't frozen.

I've seen as many as 10 (7 adults and 3 adolescents) at once looking out my family room window. They eat fish and the frozen Fox in most places this time of the year narrows their fishing down to our neighborhood and a few others.

They perch in the tall trees on both sides of the Fox River and wait for fish to surface. When they see one they glide down, extend their talons and try to grab one. If successful they go back to the trees and feast.

Just count on more misses than hits. I enjoy listening to them as much as watching. Hard to describe the sound but something like the high pitch of a gull but with a mixed chatter, screech and singing.


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