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Eagles Build Home Along Route 143 near Alton

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Alton, Ill. – The latest roadside attraction in the Alton area is an eagle's nest.

Drivers have been pulling off onto the shoulder of Illinois Route 143 since early this year, hoping to catch a glimpse.

From there they can see the adult eagles perched in a conspicuous nest high in a tree just off the northbound lanes. At least two chicks are in the nest, which is just south of downtown Alton near the Mel Price Locks and Dam.

The chicks occasionally pop their heads up, but are quite small and difficult to see. Experts say it's virtually impossible to tell a bald eagle's gender from afar, though the females often grow larger and more powerful than males.

The regal birds can measure up to 43 inches tall, with 8-foot wingspans.


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