Two feedings were made today at 8:30 and 10:30. Conditions for both were similar at about -4 degrees with light winds from the north west. Partly cloudy skies provided good lighting condition for photographers.
We were lucky with the first feeding as flybys had started even before I left the field. One adult even swooped to take a small chicken while my back was turned. In all there were about 50 eagles and as my vehicle drove off the field it was all action with some excellent photo ops.
It was a similar story with the second feeding with slightly less numbers - I'd say about 40 eagles.
Between feedings I visited the site opposite the Baptist Church in Upper Canard and there were roughly 20 eagles there as well. My other siting in my travels today was a peregrine falcon perched on a telephone wire on Saxon Street near the airfield. This is only about a mile from the feeding site on Fred Thomas Road.
I've had a couple of days with good chicken stocks so I will do two feedings again tomorrow at 8:30 and 10:30. I will be extending the feeding line gradually to accustom the eagles to feeding down the sloping ground. Also, if stocks hold up I'd like to introduce a third feeding. Both these measures are in preparation for the Eagle Watch weekends at the end end of January and beginning of February.
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!