We hope to see you at this year’s Skagit Eagle Festival!

Even though the bald eagle is a year-round resident of Northwest Washington, late fall and early winter offer prime viewing opportunities in eastern Skagit county as these iconic birds gather to feed on the carcasses of salmon that have died following their spawning runs.

In fact, the Skagit River Valley is known to host the largest concentration of bald eagles outside Alaska.

Veteran eagle watchers say the best time to watch is just before noon on a cloudy day. Eagles tend to feed about 11 a.m., so the birds will be most active then. Cloudy days find eagles perched in trees or flapping lazily only a few dozen feet in the air. On sunny days, they’re flying higher.