Bird watchers say there are more bald eagles frequenting the locks and dams along the Mississippi River. Samantha Heilig is a natural resources specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is responsible for counting eagles along a section of the river. She says she spotted 260 eagles at a single lock and dam between Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa on Wednesday. There are typically 50 to 60. Along a stretch of the river, spotters counted 5,000 of the raptors that are attracted to the open water and fish in the area, particularly since other waterways are frozen. Dick Sayles heads the local Audubon Society branch and said the concentration of bald eagles in the area is the largest he's seen in years.
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