For years, people have been going to the Mississippi River to watch bald eagles. These magnificent birds flock to the open waters during winter, and then many stick around and make their nests along the shores.
If you want to get an up-close look at the eagles along the Mississippi, then your best bet is to get a view from the water. And our friends at Riverboat Twilight can make that happen.
The people who run this company love birds, and they really enjoy sharing the bald eagle experience with others. In fact, Captain Kevin Stier is a bit of a legend in the area. He’s been up and down the Mississippi River for more than 30 years. He’ll share some great stories while also showing you some of the best places to see bald eagles.
While bald eagles might be the main attraction for many, there are plenty of others birds along the Mississippi to be looking for. Where the cruise goes in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, you can find up to 190 bird species. This area is along a major migration path, so it’s especially popular for birds in spring. Some of the species you might see include yellow-bellied sapsuckers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, nesting egrets, many other raptors and more than 30 species of migrating warblers.
Most of the Riverboat Twilight trips are just a day or two, so it’s a great opportunity to see birds while also relaxing on a cruise. Cruises leave from LeClaire, Iowa or Dubuque, Iowa. For those of you interested in a Riverboat Twilight cruise, check out their website for more information.