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Gary Engberg Outdoors


February 21, 2019

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Two days ago, Ferry Bluff Eagle Council Members, Tim Moermon and Gary Engberg decided to try and find some bald eagles. The every other Sunday counts had not been the greatest this winter. Usually, the Sunday counts during January and February were good with a hundred or more eagles counted at the 15 different counts in the area. But this year the count was down. The extreme cold and snow normally to the Sauk Prairie Dam area brings the eagles to the open water area for their main food, fish.

Moermon and Engberg checked out the Dam on Saturday afternoon and it was magnificent with bald eagles perching in trees, feeding on the fish, and riding the thermals. They had 25-30 birds entertaining them and the numerous other people who had the same idea. The eagles were on the west side in the trees overlooking the fast water.

They decided to go back to the dam early Sunday morning soon after sunrise. There was only one other truck taking photos. They had the Wisconsin River to themselves and there was between 50-60 bald eagles putting on a show that anyone would be amazed at. Eagles were everywhere with some in the trees just above.

If you have the time check it out it is highly suggested to go early in the morning. early in the morning.


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