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Eagle Watch on The Connecticut River

February 18 @ 7:45 am - 1:00 pm

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Winter’s cold brings dozens of Bald Eagles down the Connecticut River from Canada in search of ice – free fishing. In recent years, over 50 eagles have wintered on the lower Connecticut River. Their 6 – 8 foot wing span make the Bald Eagle the largest predator in North America.

Join us for our 29th year leading Eagle Watches on the CT River. Leader Jerry Connolly of The Audubon Shop will help participants spot eagles from a variety of locations on the river, and will discuss the bird’s natural history on this land – based trip. We’ll also spot ducks, birds of prey and songbirds and whatever else comes into view!

It is now estimated that up to 100 eagles winter in Connecticut, from December to early March, along major rivers and at large reservoirs. The number of wintering eagles has been increasing slowly, and depends on the severity of each winter. The Bald Eagle’s recovery in our state (since there were none occurring in CT in the 1950’s) is considered a major environmental victory.

The natural year-round habitat of bald eagles is near lakes, marshes, rivers, or seacoasts, where there are tall trees nearby for nesting and roosting and fish for eating. Bald Eagles feed primarily on fish, but they also are opportunistic predators and scavengers that will eat anything that can be caught easily or scavenged, such as waterfowl, small and large mammals, and livestock carrion. In addition, they have a reputation of being thieves, and can be seen robbing other raptors or gulls of their catch.

Participants will either meet at The Audubon Shop at 7:45am or at the first location on the river at 8:30am (according to where you are coming from) and then carpool with Jerry to 5 different viewing spots along the river. (This is not a boat trip).


  • Eagle Watch tickets make great gifts!
  • We are taking reservations now (only via telephone or in person at the shop).
  • Tickets are $25.00, and include a soup & sandwich lunch at Otter Cove Restaurant in Old Saybrook.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Binoculars are recommended and available to rent.
  • Bring your own telescope and camera!
  • bald-eagle-soaring
    A mature Bald Eagles soars over the CT River

    Call the shop at 203-245-9056 for tickets and information.

  • Space is limited.
  • We can mail tickets to you.


February 18
7:45 am - 1:00 pm
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The Audubon Shop
907 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443 United States
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The Audubon Shop
Connecticut's Original Birding Store
The Best Shop for Birders in the Northeast

The Audubon Shop

The Best Shop for Birders in the Northeast, located in Madison, CT