Leap year day turned out to be pretty special. The 8:30 feeding saw eagles circling around me before I could make my exit from the field - always a special feeling. The aerial display didn't last long as the eagles - about 40 of them- came to ground quickly. It was a fairly decent ground display which lasted about 15 - 20 minutes. The weather was sunlight diffused through thin clouds. There being little to no wind the air felt warm.
By the 10:30 feeding the sunlight had broken through the clouds. Once again action kicked off almost immediately with a fairly modest aerial session before the birds came to ground. Their numbers had swelled to about 60. There followed a ground display which was very special. It was so busy that one didn't know where to look, though it didn't really matter because there was so much going on it seemed like you couldn't avoid seeing action.
We had 30 or so spectators, mostly local apart from a contingent from the metro area and the two Ontario visitors still enjoying the Valley.
The snow made a good backdrop today and with more in the forecast I am looking forward to two more good showings at 8:30 and 10:30 tomorrow before the weather turns warmer next week.
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!