The American Bald Eagles have landed for the winter season at Barren River Lake

   The first American Bald Eagle of the season has been spotted at Barren River Lake.
   The lake is an attractive wintering home for the eagles due to its open water (from which they can fish) throughout the season. They migrate south (September-March) as their native fishing waters chill and freeze.
   The birds are known to roost in trees at night and traverse the lake during the day looking for their next meal.
   Between 150-360 American Bald Eagles are counted across the Commonwealth each year during a mid-winter eagle survey, conducted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
   Last year, the KDFWR reported 84 American Bald Eagle occupied territories in 36 counties, including Barren County.  
   Unfortunately, the majority of the eagles return to their northern native habitat as the weather warms in the spring, while a very small number stay and nest.
   The prime American Bald Eagle viewing period is December-March.  
   Barren River Lake State Park does not offer an organized eagle watch. However, Kentucky Dam Village State Park (Jan. 20-22), Lake Barkley State Park (Jan. 27-29) and Kenlake State Park (Feb. 3-5) do. For more information on them, click Eagle Watch Weekend.
   If you capture a photograph of an American Bald Eagle on Barren River Lake, send us a copy to and we will give you credit and put it on our site.


  1. Allyson Wonderland says:

    This is my favorite blog. It is great. Much better than Cats. I will visit it again and again.

  2. Wesley Lile says:

    Friday, January 6, 2012, Saw three bald eagles at the Quarry Road beach area today about 3:45 p.m. There were two adults and a juvenile (that was as big as the adults, but he didn’t have the white head and tail yet.) The first adult seen actually caught a fish and consumed it on the shore. The second adult arrived about five minutes later and appeared to hunt a few times over the water out from the other feeding adult, but never made a dive choosing instead to roost just in the tree line in a mid-size white oak. The juvenile arrived shortly and actually landed very near the feeding adult causing the roosting adult to fly down and the fly down and juvenile seemed to spare at each other, but no damage or apparent contact. The three stayed in the vicinity for a good 20 minutes, then off in separate directions they went.

  3. dale grider says:

    Sent you a shot of one taken Tuesday mid day at the river at the campground below the dam.

    • Clay says:

      Thanks Dale. I got it. Great photo. But, now I know your name. Email just had Howdybud56. I will post it Thursday afternoon. Look for it. Thanks again.

      • Dale Grider says:

        I checked out the blog. Thanks for posting the picture of the eagle. I sure wish I had gotten the name of that professional photographer who spent most of the day waiting for so photo ops of the eagle the day before. He would have been in heaven with the poses the eagle gave us close up the next day. Too bad I only had my smartphone camera.

        Thanks again!

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