Eagle Days 2013

We just wrapped up the 2013 Clarksville Eagle Days weekend. The weather provided us with a beautiful day of sunshine on Saturday. It was brisk but the sunny & clear skies made it a great day to be outside with a pair of binoculars to spot eagles, pelicans, deer, and other wildlife. But unfortunately, we all woke to a Sunday morning of icy rain and gloomy skies. That seemed to kept some of the crowd away for the second day of bird watching. Those who did brave the weather still enjoyed the indoor scopes at the Visitor Center, the coffee at the Farm Café, a beer at Tubby’s, and another live eagle show at the Apple Shed. I did at least 🙂

The World Bird Sanctuary of St Louis put on an great live eagle presentation in the Apple Shed. They brought 2 eagles: Duncan, an Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle; and McGuire, a Northern Bald Eagle; and presented a 30 minute show every hour. I can’t express how cool the show is. If you haven’t been, you must put it on your list for next year.

We’d also like to thank the MO Department of Conservation. MDC organizes Eagle Days and provides field scopes, bonfires, films, brochures and personnel for a full weekend of outdoor learning and fun. We’re glad they come to town, and thank them for helping to make all our visitors feel welcome.

Bring on the Cold


Don’t let this weather keep you inside. I would love to see it COLD all week! With the freezing cold, comes better eagle viewing in Clarksville, Missouri. Take a look at the eagles I caught last week when there was just enough ice on the Mississippi River to let them land and eat their catch without flying back to their tree.

The ICE is NICE!

Remember, this weekend, January 26th-27th 2013 is Eagle Days, where the World Bird Sanctuary will be making eagle presentations every hour Saturday & Sunday. They usually bring 2 different types of eagles. One bald eagle, and another eagle species to compare and contrast. Last year they brought a tawny eagle. Held in the unheated Clarksville Appleshed, you’ll need to wear your coat, but it’s well wort the trip.

Just this weekend, January 19 & 20, we had a great weekend of eagle activity with over 40 eagles flying around Clarksville. But if you want to really see an eagle, you should not miss Eagle Days.

Last year I was able to get this close-up picture and more from the World Bird Sanctuary presentation:


Eagle Days 2012 Gallery

The weather has been amazing. The eagles are here and I’ve had a great time running around with my family and friends getting these shots. So far it’s been a busy weekend:

  • Stopped by the Clarksville Visitor Center.
  • Ate a BBQ pork steak plate at the VFW for lunch.
  • Hiked the Calumet Creek Trail to the foot bridge.
  • Warmed up with a hot drink at Cool Beans.
  • Got some nice pictures of eagles fishing in front of the Riverfront Park.
  • Got amazing close-ups of the Tawny & Bald Eagles at the World Bird Sanctuary program at the Apple Shed.
  • Took some out of town visitors to the ASL Pewter Shop in Louisiana, MO.
  • Stopped at the River Bluff park in Louisiana, MO for a great picture of the Mississippi River.
  • Had homemade chili, gumbo, & chik’n’noodle dinner at the homestead.
  • Hiked the eagle nest loop in the Clarence Cannon Wildlife Refuge.

An Eagle’s Perch

DSC_1282 (532x800)I found this eagle perched in a tree just off highway 79 just north of the Clarksville Visitor Center yesterday. I’d guess there are 40+ eagles around the Clarksville Lock & Dam. Sometimes they fly across highway 79 and perch in the bluffs just north of town. Otherwise they’re fishing just south of the dam or perched in trees off Clarksville Island.

Local eagle watcher Ron told me, “A dozen eagles were diving, fishing, and aerial fighting near the Clarksville Riverfront Park yesterday during the Garden Club meeting. We had a great view from the Clarksville Visitor Center. It seems like more eagles are arriving daily on the Canadian express!”

Busy Eagle Days Weekend Starts Today

The Clarksville Garden Club meets today at 1 P.M. in the Clarksville Visitor’s Center. The public is welcome. Come see how local gardeners have been keeping busy this winter, and what the club has planned for summer.

Friday kicks off Clarksville’s Eagle Days weekend! I’m heading into town soon to check on the eagle population. I hope to return with some good pictures to give you all a preview.

Remember to check out the annotated Google map of Clarksville’s amenities for the weekend. I just checked the weather for you. It’s looking pretty good, so we’ll see you here!