January 9, 2020
I see that my update to the January 8th blog did not post, which explains why you didn't know what times I would feed today.
So let me start with the update of yesterday's blog. I returned to the site at about 10:30 and noticed that visibility was poor but improving and that there were 4 or 5 eagles I could spot in the trees. I decided to go on my chicken run and then return with some food. At about 11:20 I took down a bucket of medium sized chickens and cast them out in a semi circle about fifty feet from the southern end of the field.
Much to my surprise 20 - 25 eagles appeared within a couple of minutes and a very orderly and non-combative feeding took place. Fortunately there just about a piece of chicken for each eagle. Most of the food was taken on the wing though two eagles ate on the ground.
I went back again after 2:00 pm with four large chickens. By this time there were only two mature eagles around. When I checked back at 4:00 pm the only eagle there was immature and standing where I had thrown the second feeding of chicken,which had all been consumed.
Now on to today. The first feeding was at 8:30. It was minus 6 and the moderate westerly wind gusted to strong and made it feel very cold. I did not wait to see the action as I had press releases to prepare for the Eagle Watch event and wanted to check up on two barns which went to market the day before. I was told that there were about 60 eagles and they did not take long to come down.
The second feeding was at 10:30 and 60+ birds were present. The first food was taken on the wing while I was still throwing out chicken. It happened about 20 yards from me. The rest followed as I left the feeding ground.
Given the cold weather and the relatively little food put out the day before I decided to go fo a third feeding. This took place at about 12:20. Forty eagles remained and the food was taken up within 5 minutes of me leaving the field. Most action was on the ground.
With warmer weather and rain forecast tomorrow I will revert to two feedings at 8:30 and 10:30.
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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!