Bald eagles making themselves at home in Batavia woman’s backyard

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Bald eagles are seen along the Fox River in Batavia.

BATAVIA – In recent weeks, Batavia resident Jamie Palmer has been treated to a majestic sight – bald eagles roosting in two trees in her backyard.

Since 1992, Palmer has lived on Woodland Avenue near the Fox River. For whatever reason, Palmer said she has been seeing more eagles than usual this winter.

“You can see them swooping down into the Fox River to capture a fish,” Palmer said. “It’s incredible to see them up close. The two trees are 100 feet from my back window.”

She uses binoculars to catch their yellow beaks and white feathers in exquisite detail. The bald eagle, the national bird of the United States, is the only eagle unique to the North American continent.

Palmer said she typically sees one to four eagles a day perched in her trees. According to the website, bald eagles generally choose to roost in large trees in protected places within eight miles of their feeding grounds.

Bald eagles also have been spotted recently in other parts of the county. The Kane County Audubon Society reported on its website,, that four eagles were seen Sunday, flying over the Fox River in downtown St. Charles near the Main Street Bridge, and four eagles were spotted on Dec. 15 flying over the Fox River in Geneva near Island Park.

Living near the Fox River, Palmer has a bird’s-eye view of nature.

“In the summer, I see snapping turtles walking up my yard to lay eggs,” she said. “There is so much that is going on all the time.”