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.