The first day of the Eagle Watch weekends went off fairly smoothly. I know they had a brisk day at the Hall and it is reported that we sold 439 breakfasts and whenever I popped in the place seemed to be humming and full of good humour.
We went with three eagle feedings today at 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30. I am pleased to say that food was taken up fairly promptly at each feeding so there was no repeat of last year's disappointment when the eagles decided to out-wait the spectators. By my count we started off with 25 - 30 eagles and about 175 people. The 10:30 feeding had at least 40 eagles and by my very crude estimate 400 to 500 people. The climax was the 12:30 feeding by which time there were 50 eagles and it was by far the most active session. Again, I think about 175 people were present.
Thanks to all who came and special thanks to all those who contributed to our donation box. It is much appreciated.
The Shuttle Service was pretty much a learning curve with only 41 tickets sold. Those that used it seemed to appreciate it. We had problems with directional signage which didn't turn up and for some reason Google seemed to direct some people to the old disused Canning Fire Hall instead of the new one. It is felt that the shuttle journey was too long to be responsive to demand between the various stopping points. I think we will persevere next year but we will rethink some issues in the meantime.
One of the pleasures of Eagle Watch is meeting and greeting people from far away. Today we have visitors reported from Japan and Brazil. My own special thanks are for a couple from Colorado for the kind things they had to say about this blog. I understand you will be in the area for a while and hope that we can meet at some point.
Tomorrow the 8:30 and 10:30 feedings are confirmed but I will wait on the weather as well as the eagles' appetite before confirming the 12:30.
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!