Two very different sessions made up an interesting day. The early session had brilliant sunshine and little wind which made it feel warm. The snow and freezing rain overnight coated the ground with a white crust which was attractive.
Initially I counted over a dozen eagles in the trees and an aerial response began quickly. This brought in more eagles from the surrounding area and by the end of the show we had 60 eagles at the site, the largest count for some time. At one point there were 29 eagles counted on the ground.
By the time of the second feeding it was all change. The 60 eagles at the first session were down to 6, the air temperature had risen and with the sun the snowy crust rapidly deteriorated into mud underfoot. There was absolutely no action on me leaving the field.
I waited about half an hour then went off to complete my circuit of the barns. When I returned about half an hour later things were just beginning to stir. Initially most of the action was in the air, including some very high soaring over the site. This brought in a flow of incomers and by the end of the session numbers had built to 25 -30 eagles. The session was a long time starting but also lasted a long time. The aerial display was very good throughout and there was good ground action, though not on the scale of the earlier feeding.
There was no appearance of Redneck today. Maybe tomorrow! Feedings will be at 9:30 and 11:30.
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!