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Lake Lou Yaeger is the newest spot to catch site of American Bald Eagles
Litchfield‘s Lake Lou Yaeger is the newest spot to catch site of American Bald Eagles in Central Illinois. As of April, 2005 three eagles and two nests have been spotted along the banks of the lake. The first nest can be spotted across the lake from Marina #2; looking north. Nesting activity has been observed here. Observers noticed the second nest while on the north end of the lake snapping pictures of the American White Pelicans. The two gentleman found this second nest just north of "Rainmaker Cove" and on the east side of Lake Lou Yaeger. Over the past couple of years, there have been sightings of Eagles, but nothing to this extent.
Human disturbance can have an impact on the bald eagle, as most of them need privacy and quiet. The public should keep in mind that it is against the law to disturb American Bald Eagles and their nests. Precautionary measures have been taken to protect this scarcity at Lake Lou Yaeger.
A typical nest is around 5 feet in diameter. The American Bald Eagle generally use the same nest year after year. Eagles lay from one to three eggs and during the 35 days of incubation, one parent is always on the nest. This not to keep the eggs warm, but to protect them from predators. From the time the parents build the nest and the young are on their own, takes about 20 weeks. During the nesting cycle parents remain within one to two miles of the nest.
Litchfield is very lucky to have such a scarcity in their own back yard. Please take the time and come observe this natural wonder on Lake Lou Yaeger.