Thursday, January 16, 2014

Close Encounter of the Eagle Kind

First off, this is not my photo, (photo credit, but something I picked off the web. It is just perfect to add to my post today, something I can't believe I didn't mention in my weekend update because, it was awesome!

We were driving in Crystal Lake (a neighboring community) last Saturday. We were stopped at a light, when out of the corner of my eye I saw a bird, with white tail feathers. It was perched on a pole right at the intersection. My dearest saw it too. Before we realized what we were seeing across a wide intersection, the bird opened it's wings. It was huge, 7 to 8 feet across. It swooped down into traffic, and we were spellbound! A bald eagle, closer than we've ever seen one! It was not flying straight, but kind of darted between traffic. We looked at each other in amazement. Did we really just see a bald eagle in Crystal Lake? This was right on Route 14, a very busy and frequently traveled road.

We watched "Sam" (of course the eagle had a name...) until he was out of sight, and the light changed. I looked over to see a woman in the car next to us with her mouth open, shocked by what we all witnessed.

When I got home, I had to find out if seeing this eagle was something reported locally.
It appears that several eagles nest in our area, along the Fox River. We travel to Starved Rock State Park, an hour and a half away, every year to see the eagles return. Who knew we just had to take a ride up Route 14 for a dramatic show we'll never forget... though I did forget to post about it!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

Love, Penny

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Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Wow! Not sure if I ever saw one up close and personal like that. Pretty cool, and quite unexpected:) I'm watching the snow swirl outside my window, hope you're keeping snug.

Lynne said...

Beautiful, what a treasure for you to see Penny. A bit startling in the midst of the drive though . . .

Melanie said...

I've never seen an eagle in "real life". And gee, I was even driving on Rt 14 in Crystal Lake today myself! Didn't spot "Sam". I would've been shocked to see an eagle in a congested area like that!