These two bald eagles were among more than a dozen spotted on the north side of U.S. Highway 36, east of Medicine Creek Thursday afternoon. Around 20 were reported to have been at this location earlier in the day. Missouri is one of the leading bald eagle states, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The eagles take up residence wherever they find open water and plentiful food. Missouri, because of its big rivers, many lakes, and wetland areas, is especially attractive to these birds. More than 2,000 bald eagles are reported in Missouri during winter. Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, near Sumner, recorded six mature bald eagles and two immature, during its last bird count on Jan. 25. MDC says that there is one verified record for an active eagle nest in Livingston County, although there could be more. Members of the public are encouraged to report active nest sightings (not bald eagle sightings) to the local MDC office.