What part of the day are eagles most active?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Winter is a fantastic time to observe eagles, as they tend to migrate and gather in larger numbers during this season. The arrival of wintering eagles typically begins in December, with concentrations peaking in January and February. So, if you’re planning to watch eagles, these are the months you should mark in your calendar.

Now, let’s talk about the specific times of the day when eagles are most active. Based on my experience and observations, eagles tend to be most active during two distinct periods: early morning and late afternoon.

In the early morning, eagles are often seen soaring through the skies or perched on tree branches, scanning their surroundings for potential prey. During this time, which usually spans from around 7 am to 9 am, eagles are energized and ready to start their day. The crisp winter air and the rising sun create the perfect conditions for them to hunt and search for food.

Similarly, in the late afternoon, typically between 4 pm and 5 pm, eagles become more active again. As the day begins to wind down and the sunlight starts to fade, eagles take advantage of the remaining daylight to continue their hunting activities. They might be seen diving into the water to catch fish or soaring high above the landscape, looking for any opportunity to satisfy their hunger.

It’s worth noting that eagles are diurnal creatures, which means they are primarily active during the day. This is especially true during the winter months when their need for food is greater. They rely on their keen eyesight and powerful wings to navigate and find prey, so daylight hours are essential for their survival.

To maximize your chances of observing active eagles during these peak times, it’s a good idea to plan your outings accordingly. Arriving at your observation spot early in the morning or late in the afternoon will increase your likelihood of witnessing their activity firsthand.

In my personal experience, I’ve had the most memorable encounters with eagles during these peak activity periods. I vividly remember one winter morning when I woke up before sunrise, bundled up in layers to brave the cold, and hiked to a nearby bald eagle hotspot. As the first light of dawn broke, I could see several eagles soaring gracefully above me, their wings glinting in the soft morning glow. It was truly a breathtaking sight and a reminder of the eagles’ early morning activity.

If you’re looking to observe eagles in their most active state, winter is the ideal season. Arriving in December and peaking in January and February, wintering eagles bring a concentration of these majestic birds. To catch them at their busiest, plan your sightings for the early morning hours between 7 am and 9 am, as well as the late afternoon timeframe of 4 pm to 5 pm. By timing your outings accordingly, you’ll increase your chances of witnessing the awe-inspiring activities of these magnificent creatures.