As an eagle settles in for the winter, what it wants most, according to naturalists, is undisturbed feeding areas. It doesn't matter where, if there's a free lunch, they'll go -- to almost any place with a refuge or dam, or where salmon spawn or electrical generator turbines chop up fish.
The National Audubon Society says a good turnout of bald eagles -- from a few dozen to thousands a day -- can be spotted well into February (and longer, where noted) at:
Klamath Basin, northern California and southern Oregon, at Tule Lake, Lower Klamath and Bear Valley national wildlife refuges.
Tuttle Creek Lake Dam, near Manhattan, Kan., at Tuttle Creek State Park, through March.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, Md., along the Wildlife Loop.
The Quad Cities area of northern Illinois and Iowa, at any of the dams along the Mississippi River, and also farther south at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Ill.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, near Haines, Alaska, through March. (For true raptor rapture, 3,000 to 5,000 eagles a day sometimes can be spotted during January, when there is a late run of salmon.)