Well, this was certainly no unlucky Friday the thirteenth! We had two highly successful sessions again today with everything "as advertised" in yesterday's blog.
The 9:30 session actually got off to a shaky start as there was no action at all when I left the field, unlike the preceding days. However, after about five minutes the aerial display began and built quite quickly to eagles taking to the ground and beginning a strong ground display. I "took five" to visit with a neighbour who was walking her dog (the dog adores me and I can't resist a visit), but while I was enjoying my visit our friendly coyote was spotted on the field. This time it was on the eastern side of the field along the woods.
We had visitors from Cape Breton, Metro and Mahone Bay, so I am delighted that the the show, with 35 eagles and a coyote lived up to billing.
Even as I drove onto the field for the second feeding it was apparent that the eagle numbers had grown from the first session. The metro pair, who returned for this feeding, counted over 50 but I am more conservative at 45. The aerial display started before I left the field as a mature eagle flew twice around me, but I wasn't able to coax it down.
The balance of the eagles took to the air quickly once I left the field and we had a very good display. This continued on the ground with an extended feeding period marked by several squabbles. About half way through this the coyote appeared at the northeastern corner of the field and made its way down the eastern side until it disappeared into the woods about half way down.
Its gait was light and easy and if it has been a victim of a snare it showed no signs of distress. We will need a longer lens siting and photograph to confirm its status.
Another good day and the plan now is for two feedings (8:30 and 11:30) for the weekend. Only three weekends left for the season so get out one more time if you can!
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!