Come Bird With Us!

Rock Falls Birding Trail

Flock to the Rock ’23 annual event will be held on February 11, 2023 at the Rock Falls Community Center in Rock Falls.  

see our Beautiful & Majestic bald eagles and more

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have an eagle land in a tree 10 feet from you? Look up to the sky and see 5-10 eagles circling, getting ready to pluck fish from the river? Observed as an eagle descended from above, with amazing grace and poise, landing on a large branch feet from where you are parked, and watched the branch bow? It is truly awe inspiring. Eagle watching is to be experienced first-hand. A picture online or on TV just doesn’t do our National Bird justice. For many years, Rock Falls has had an unusually high number of eagles.

The Rock Falls Birding Trail starts at the Upper Dam, follows along Second Street and loops around Lawrence Park. In Rock Falls, along the Rock River, we are fortunate that during the winter months, bald eagles have chosen to congregate here in the trees along our riverfront to hunt for fish. Eagles can be seen in trees next to the open water beneath the dams. They also populate the trees that surround the point of Lawrence Park Island and downstream past the high school.

Lower Dam Park

Look across the river on the island.

Sewards Park

Look up!

Lawrence Park

An island view that overlooks the Rock River.

Sinnissippi Dam Walkway

Look toward Seward Park or above you, as they may be circling.

Rock Falls IL birding trail

Eagle Watching Tips & Pointers

Remain in your vehicle

as eagles are protected by the Balk Eagle and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We do not want them to leave their nests and prevent their young from feeding.

Use binoculars

or a spotting scope instead of trying get "a little bit closer." The eagles are very sensitive to human activity.

Avoid loud noises

such as yelling, slamming a car door or honking the horn. Remaining still helps the eagles maintain body heat.

Don't do anything to try to make the eagles fly

as they could become stressed and abandon their site, as well as waste valuable energy.

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