The little bit of snow added much to the day. We had two good sessions at 8:30 and 10:30. The earlier had about 50 eagles present and the 10:30 perhaps slightly less. Again to accommodate a north westerly wind the west side of the site underneath the conifers was the vantage point of choice. There was some delay in the second feeding - perhaps 10 minutes, but both sessions had good photo ops with eagles flying directly into the camera or closely across the field of view. There was also considerable ground action. We had visitors from St Catharines Ontario in the process of moving to N.S., so welcome to them.
I had not planned a late feeding because I thought I had got away with the clearance of a barn (two half barns, actually) without a glut of supply hitting me. But closer to midday I drove by and the dreaded tractor bucket was out again. While not as bad as last time it looked like 12 buckets would be needed to clear the backlog. At the same time I had another supplier with a full freezer needing me to take stock.
Faced with this I did a drive by of the feeding site and as there were 30+ eagles still in the trees I put out two more buckets which were taken quickly. Photographers didn't miss much as it was a fairly passive session, but it allowed me to empty a freezer and half empty the tractor bucket.
Viewing numbers are down this week. Perhaps the snow is discouraging metro travellers as those that have shown up have in the main been fairly local. I will feed twice again tomorrow at 8:30 and 10:30 with a remote possibility of a third feeding. I would prefer not to overfeed before the weekend.
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!