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Published: Sunday, December 25, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Eagle-watching season under way on Skagit River

  • Dan Bates / The Herald An eagle watches the Skagit River from it's perch on an island between Marblemount and Rockport Tuesday afternoon.
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    Dan Bates / The Herald An eagle watches the Skagit River from it's perch on an island between Marblemount and Rockport Tuesday afternoon. Photo taken 122909 Photo taken:

ROCKPORT -- Not long after arriving at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on a Saturday earlier this month, Mal and Diane Coghlan walked to the Highway 530 bridge to find three bald eagles perched in trees along the Skagit River, with two more flying overhead.
The couple traveled from Kent that foggy morning for their first Skagit County eagle-watching trip and it paid off immediately.
"Pretty cool," Mal said between gazes through his binoculars. "It's worth the trip already."
Even a driver crossing the bridge stopped in the middle of the roadway to look at the birds.
The Coghlans were among the many bird watchers visiting the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport that day, not to mention the many drivers who pulled over along Highway 20 between Rockport and Marblemount to grab their cameras and capture an image of the eagles feeding by the river.
Eagle-watching season began this month in Skagit County and typically lasts through January. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Skagit River is home to the largest wintering bald eagle population in the lower 48 United States.
For more information, contact the interpretive center at 360-853-7626 or
Skagit Valley Herald
Story tags » Outdoor Recreation

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