Bald eagles may occasionally be spotted in the summer, but most sightings occur during the winter months, when they’re particularly active on cold, breezy days. Eagles may often be seen perched atop dead trees or circling around carrion, such as the carcass of a waterfowl or deer that got stuck in the ice. Note that most bald eagles don’t attain the iconic white head and tail feathers until their fourth or fifth year. Here, we list some of the best places to see bald eagles in New England.
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Best Place to See Bald Eagles in Connecticut
Lower Connecticut River
In winter dozens of bald eagles congregate along the lower Connecticut River. Connecticut Audubon organizes guided tours three days a week. For reservations and more information, visit ctaudubon.org/ecotravel-day-trips.
Best Places to See Bald Eagles in Maine
Augusta & Bath Landfills
Not the most picturesque setting, but dozens of eagles may be spotted circling over the feeding gulls in the winter as they look for weak or injured birds to bring back to their nests.
Eagles soar above the magnificent backdrop of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay. The summit is easily accessible by auto road, and in the fall you’ll find many fellow birders identifying and tallying eagles and other raptors who call Acadia National Park home.
Bradbury Mountain State Park
In Pownal, the mountain’s 485-foot summit offers sweeping views of Casco Bay. Eagles are frequently spotted during springtime as they soar overhead in search of summer nesting locations farther north.
Best Place to See Bald Eagles in Massachusetts
This 39-square-mile body of water offers great vantage points, such as Winsor Dam, Goodnough Dike, and Enfield Lookout, easily accessible by car. After a short walk, Gate 43 in Hardwick will get you closer to the eagles. Maps and more information are available at the Quabbin Visitor Center in Ware.
Best Place to See Bald Eagles in New Hampshire
Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
Look for one of the four nesting pairs of eagles that call this refuge in Maine and New Hampshire home while paddling around a pristine seven-mile wilderness lake. Even if you don’t spot an eagle, chances are you’ll see moose, ospreys, and loons.
Best Place to See Bald Eagles in Rhode Island
Home to the state’s first recorded bald eagle nest, the birds may still often be seen from Route 116, about 1.3 miles south of Route 6 in at this reservoir in North Scituate.
Best Place to See Bald Eagles in Vermont
Dams along the Connecticut River are great places to spot bald eagles in the Green Mountain State. Wilder Dam, located between Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Hartford, Vermont, offers regular sightings — especially in winter, when the dam keeps the water below from icing over, letting the eagles fish the river.
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This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated.