It turned out to be the best day since March 1st with the second feeding boasting over 40 eagles with 35 - 40 at the 8:30.
I was a bit surprised to see so many eagles at the 8:30 feeding - obviously someone set their clocks ahead an hour. It was a good aerial display which started fairly early and led on to a good ground display. We had under 6 people for the early show. It was cold but sunny with some dramatic clouds.
By the second feeding human numbers had grown to a dozen or so - one couple from Gatineau Quebec visiting family in the metro area. The 10:30 started slowly but there were a couple of eagles in flight almost from the time I left the field. This number built and built to about 20 birds in the air and a similar number in the trees. It was also a long display as it was about 25 minutes before the eagles took to the ground in serious numbers. They put on a very good display once down.
The number of juveniles seemed unusually high - further confirmation perhaps that the return to nesting grounds has begun (juveniles have no need of nests).
Despite the encouraging numbers today I am sticking with a single 9:30 feeding on Monday and Tuesday. I will try to give a couple of days notice before any changes are made.
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!