The sun went away and milder weather moved in after a cold night but the eagle numbers held up and exceeded recent days.
The 8:30 feeding prompted an immediate response and the pattern of excellent aerial activity followed by some intense action of the ground continued. I counted 55 eagles.
By 10:30 the number of eagles waiting in the trees was up to 78 according to a photographer who used her telephoto lens to count the birds in the trees while awaiting my arrival for the second feeding.
The pattern was the same as the first feeding only more intense as the additional numbers would anticipate. Given the glut of chicken I have currently and the number of eagles I offered a third feeding at noon which was readily accepted by the photographers.
The aerial activity was not so intense but the ground activity remained very robust. Later on there were several in-air duels for chicken being transported toward the trees. I had expected to wait a long time but after 5 - 10 minutes it all kicked off. A very successful day of three feedings.
I am planning the same tomorrow: 8:30 and 10:30 for sure with a noon feeding subject to eagle numbers and appetite.
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!