A warmer morning - plus 3 when I fed them at 9:00. The was a slight breeze and conditions were overcast. For the first time this year I had some larger chickens which will force the eagles to the ground to feed. While I was there they continued mostly an aerial display although a couple of birds were on the ground before I left to pursue more chicken.
The count today was 45 eagles with a good mix of adult and immature birds. We had nine spectators/photographers. Apart from crows and ravens no other species were spotted. There are reports of red tailed hawks in the area.
Having spoken to a couple of my farmer contacts I can report that mortality rates in the chicken barns appear to be down this year, which may partly explain the fact that I have fewer chickens even though I have more barns on which to draw. The other factor is the growing cycle. There is a two week period when the barns are empty and I have at least two empty barns at present.
As a result I will be feeding only once tomorrow at 9:00 am.
Malcolm lives in Sheffield Mills and is our resident eagle feeder. He feeds the eagles daily and has a unique relationship with these large birds. These are his adventures!