It turned out to be a lovely day weather wise: very cold at first but the lack of wind and the appearance of the sun warming the spirits.
About 50 birds showed for the first feeding which went over fairly well. We had a reporter from CBC in attendance and he tried to leave a mini camera on a tripod in the feeding area. To be honest, it looked like a stick man and the eagles were having nothing of it. To his credit, the reporter withdrew the camera and within a few minutes feeding commenced.
By the second feeding we were in full sunshine and it was really pleasant. We were visited by members of the Newcomers Club in New Minas and I can divulge that upon interrogation there is a liberal view of "new" at the club!
The CBC man was still there and this time tried another tack at getting a close up. The tripod was collapsed to about a foot in height and partially obscured by a snow bank. A chicken was then thrown directly in the camera's view and we crossed our fingers. A half an hour later, every piece of chicken had been consumed except the piece in the camera shot. The eagles are canny birds!
Finally an observation on snow ploughs. Regulars will have noticed that a snow plough habitually tries to make it down Middle Dyke Road between 10:30 and 11:00 am. Each day he struggles to get by the two rows of parked cars. I took the trouble to point out that coming down before 8:00 or after 1:00 would solve his problems. I was roughly rebuked with "It won't get done, then!" One definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting to get a different result.
8:30 and 10:30 tomorrow. Friday unsure - be sure to watch postings.