The spring bird migration is upon us, which is good news for bald eagle watchers.
State wildlife biologists are expecting the regal raptors to return en masse across Minnesota over the next few weeks. For immediate viewing, check out the DNR's EagleCam of eagles and their young in a nest in the metro area: www.webcams.dnr.state.mn.us/eagle.
"Ice is breaking up along the rivers, so it's definitely time for folks to keep their eyes out," Department of Natural Resources wildlife specialist Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer said in a news release. "It all depends on the weather. It's typical to see eagles coming through our area in mid- to late March, as waters begin to open up and snow melts."
Gelvin-Innvaer said "migration hot spots" are difficult to pin down. The most notable migrations tend to be along the Minnesota River corridor, the North Shore of Lake Superior and near Lake Pepin in southeastern Minnesota, she said.