This one should be known as The Big Chill or Better Late Than Never.
It was minus 21 degrees when I started out and needless to say the car wouldn't start. No problem, I called a neighbour with a portable re-charger and he agreed to oblige. Problem: the hood release mechanism was also frozen and I couldn't get to the battery.
Right on cue my friend Mike drove by and offered to be a chauffeur for the chickens and me for the day, so we were off and running.
There was no great delay in the eagles deciding to dine at the 8:30 session and the surprisingly large turnout was pleased with the display. It was mainly a ground display as they wasted no time in tucking in. I counted about 50 eagles.
It was a similar story for the 10:30 feeding, though it took about five minutes for the action to kick off. I counted about 60 birds.
We had a number of visitors from afar. The Millers from Utah were there and as they are in Nova Scotia for a while hope to return with their son. I also met a nice lady from Lockport who had two "daughters" with her. These were international students from Italy and Columbia respectively.
Couples from Moncton and PEI also drove down for the day - the Moncton couple leaving at 4:00 a.m. to arrive in time for the 8:30 feeding.
With so much success in the first two feedings I probably should have left well enough alone but as I had reserved buckets for a late feeding I suggested a return at 12:30 to feed again subject to eagles still being around. This I did and as there were perhaps 20 eagles still in the trees I proceeded with the feeding.
By 1:15 these hadn't been so much as a flyby so I left to get my car started. I returned about half an hour later and there was still no progress. I suggested calling it a day and picking up the chicken but this was met with near rebellion. So I decided to go to put gas in the car and check the barns for new chickens. Before I drove off there was a promising aerial display of four or five birds but after several feints they returned to the trees and I went on my way.
I returned at about 2:20 and still there was no progress and still the spectators wanted to hang in. They were rewarded when the action started shortly after 2:30. Once it began, eagles were flying in from every direction - in the end I counted 80 birds and the display was one of the best this year. All things come to them that wait!
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!