Bald Eagle Viewing on the Homer Spit
Bald eagles just can’t seem to resist this ancient glacial moraine that reaches five miles into Kachemak Bay from the town of Homer. The spit has a reputation for attracting decent numbers of America’s national bird—drawn by myriad potential food sources from fishermen, seafood processing and a vast beach with a big tidal range and crashing surf. It’s also a great locale for viewing shorebirds and other waterfowl.
Where Will You Find the Most Bald Eagles?
First, check out the tide flats at the base of the spit, with several viewing stations and spotting scopes along the Homer Spit Trail. Eagles often work this area, especially when low tide exposes the seabed. A parking area at the intersection with Kachemak Drive offers a good way to access this paved trail, with the first viewing site a short walk away. Next try the end of the spit (lots of parking options,) especially near the big beach by the campground and Seafarer’s Memorial. This is where the famous Homer Eagle Lady used to feed eagles, and birds still regularly frequent this locale. Of course, any stroll through the small boat harbor or along the shore will almost certainly deliver a quick eagle fix. Listen for their trilling calls above and behind you!
Tips for Viewing Eagles on the Spit:
- Adult bald eagles all look alike—white head on black body. This unmistakable search image will stands out. Scan for this striking sight, and you will almost always find an eagle or two.
- Using binoculars or scopes always improves eagle viewing. For detailed eagle viewing advice, check out our bald eagle advice page.
- Attend the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in May! While not specifically focused on eagles, this annual event is all about the area’s remarkable and intensely productive avian life. Eagles regularly make cameos.
- The Homer Spit is one of Alaska’s most popular summer destinations, with shops, charters, seafood, restaurants, camping and accommodations. Spotting eagles winging overhead or perched on poles adds spice and a sense of adventure to the carnival-like atmosphere.
For More Information:
From Anchorage, take the Seward Highway south to the Kenai Peninsula, then continue south down the Sterling Highway to Homer. Stay on the highway into town, following the obvious route via Lake Street and Ocean Drive as it curves toward the base of the spit. About 230 miles or 4.5 hours from Anchorage.