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Eagles nest finds a home in Mason City

by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – Decorah, you may have a rival.

An eagle’s nest has been located in Mason City on South Birch Drive, and people are talking about it.

This Sunday afternoon, cars were driving by, slowing down and people were even getting out and walking down to the Winnebago River bank to get a closer look.

Click here to view photos.  (NIT would like to thank Jerry Anderson of Mason City for many of the photos; he sent the clearest shots of the birds.)

The nest seems to be perhaps 7-8 feet wide, and is high up in a tree just across the river from the water treatment plant.

The two large eagles can be seen, soaring near the nest and also sitting inside the nest, two big white heads turning and gazing about.

The wildlife in the area is amazing; the eagles are not the only animals busy on the Winnebago River.

Beavers are busy chewing up trees (see photo, right) and the area is teaming with fish, turtles, raccoons, ducks and geese.

Jerry Anderson of Mason City was busy fishing his favorite spot Sunday and pointed out the eagles nest.

“Right up there,” he said, pointing to the large mass of sticks and mud high atop a tree.

“I’ve been watching them for some time.  They are mating and there will be eggs soon, is my guess.”

Anderson had a couple of lines in the water as he told of other birds and wildlife he has seen recently, and he pointed out the beaver’s handy work on the trees.  Nearby, a raccoon ran across the ice.  At that moment, the eagles returned, soaring above us for a moment to be captured on video, and then disappeared.

Jerry Anderson of Mason City points out an eagle’s nest in Mason City on February 19th, 2012.

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