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updated: 2/1/2012 2:45 PM

Bald eagles back in the Fox Valley

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  • An eagle perches in a tree on the Fox River just North of the Kimball Street Bridge Tuesday in Elgin. Patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library were happy to see the birds back after welcoming them last year.

       An eagle perches in a tree on the Fox River just North of the Kimball Street Bridge Tuesday in Elgin. Patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library were happy to see the birds back after welcoming them last year.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • On the lookout for food, an eagle soars along the Fox River just north of the Kimball Street Bridge Tuesday in Elgin.

       On the lookout for food, an eagle soars along the Fox River just north of the Kimball Street Bridge Tuesday in Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • On the lookout for food, an eagle soars along the Fox River just north of the Kimball Street Bridge Tuesday in Elgin.

       On the lookout for food, an eagle soars along the Fox River just north of the Kimball Street Bridge Tuesday in Elgin.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 

Bald eagles that created quite a stir in the Fox Valley last year are back again. Visitors to the Gail Borden Public Library noticed them Tuesday morning -- the first day they stuck around long enough to have their pictures taken.

Denise Raleigh, director of communications, said library officials were told last year the birds like the cold, making their appearance on one of the warmest winter days surprising.

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"But we're glad they're back," Raleigh said.

Individuals posting on the library's Facebook page mentioned sightings along the Fox River, with one person counting seven in one place.

Raleigh said she knows people in other communities see bald eagles more regularly and are nearly unfazed, but the reaction is much stronger here.

"It's a unique attribute for us," Raleigh said. "There's new excitement for us when they come back."

Binoculars are out for public use and available at the library, 270 N. Grove Ave.

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