Eagles in Oklahoma
Eagles begin arriving in Oklahoma in November and early
December. Their numbers peak in January and February, and most
birds have left for their northern breeding grounds by the end
Bald eagles are sociable in winter, roosting communally in trees near a food source. The same roost trees are traditionally used year after year. Eagles may travel up to 50 miles one way between its feeding area and night roost. Usually eagles feed early in the morning on fish and may not feed every day. They detect prey by soaring or from a high perch.
Where can eagles be found in Oklahoma?
Eagles are a common sight at lakes and reservoirs averaging about 800 - 2,000 eagles across Oklahoma. Lakes and their spillways have historically served as reliable Oklahoma bald eagle viewing areas. Lakes with the highest concentration of eagles are Kaw, Keystone, Texoma, Tenkiller, Ft. Gibson, Grand, Canton, Great Salt Plains, Tishomingo and Spavinaw.
Specific bald eagle migration patterns vary each year depending on weather and other factors like severity of northern winters and water discharges from individual reservoirs will often determine a particular lake’s "eagle attractiveness." These conditions can change overnight; therefore, a good wildlife viewing rule of thumb is to call ahead for up-to-date wildlife viewing information.
Eagle Viewing Tips
- Dress for outdoor activities — boots, coats and gloves.
- Bring optical equipment, cameras and field guides.
- In inclement weather, call beforehand for cancellation information at viewing sites.
- Eagles are at lakes throughout the winter, not just during viewing dates
See the nation’s proudest living symbol, and share it with your
children. Watch bald eagles soar at an Eagle Viewing Event near
you. Most events are free or have a minimal charge. The majority
are held on weekends during January.