Oops! I posted the first feeding time as 8:30 instead of 9:30 in yesterday's blog. If anyone showed up at 8:30 and lost heart you have my profound apologies.
We had a come down today as neither feeding lived up to the examples set in the last three days. I could only spot about 6 eagles in the trees when I arrived for the 9:30 session and thus held back a bucket putting out only three. After 5 - 10 minutes we got a bit of aerial action and then the eagles took to the ground. Action was tame compared to recent days and by the end we had 20 - 25 eagles on and around the site.
When I returned for the 11:30 I didn't even see 6 eagles in the trees. I put out three buckets again plus a handful of the really small stuff. It took about forty minutes to generate any ground action. In the interim there was some majestic high flying and some lessons in how to soar on the wind. Wind we had a plenty and it made taking food on the wing difficult as was landing in the trees with a chicken held in one set of talons. In the end I counted about 18 eagles, so overall a poor showing. Longest distance visitor was from Fredericton and will be with us for a couple of days. Better luck tomorrow!
On a lighter note I've decided to name our coyote "Redneck". Redneck didn't put in an appearance today, so a washout on all scores.
9:30 and 11:30 will be the feeding times tomorrow.
Post Script: It was very mucky on site today, so boots rather than shoes are recommended. Most of the ice has gone but there are still some patches. It's supposed to be colder overnight and tomorrow which may firm up the ground, but better to come prepared.
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!