March 20, 2020
Conditions at the site have deteriorated with the warmer temperatures and overnight rain. It was impossible to drive my car onto the field and accessing the field on foot from the driveway entrance was sloppy to say the least. For the second feeding I used the ditch path with the slanting signboard which was better but still required crossing an ankle deep section of mud. People coming tomorrow will find that the approaches through the other ditch crossings are easier now that the ice is gone.
So unsurprisingly there was no one there for the first feeding at which 5 eagles could be seen in the trees. There was immediate indifference to the food put out so I headed off on my barn visits. I returned about 35 minutes later by which time all the food was gone and there was a single adult eagle sitting in the field. A parked car was just leaving and I did not have to opportunity to speak with the driver so I cannot comment on the quality or quantity of the action.
For the 11:30 I counted 15 eagles at and around the site. Initially there was no action but within 10 minutes the odd flyby was followed by eagles taking to the ground. Numbers built to about 20 - 25 by the end of the show, which was better as a ground display than an aerial display. I did not see Redneck today.
We had two viewers: a gentleman from Timberlee and his sister-in-law from Windsor, Ontario both of whom enjoyed what they saw.
I will stick with two feedings at 9:30 and 11:30 for the weekend.
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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!