It was minus 8 when I arrived for the first feeding at 9:30 and much to my disappointment there were no eagles in the trees shivering. I put out a reduced feeding and as I left the field there were two immature eagles circling high overhead. Instead of waiting I decided to do my circuit of the barns.
When I returned about 40 minutes later it was just in time to see the second wave of eagles feeding. I managed to count a total of 40 on the ground, in the air and in the trees. By this time I had missed the aerial display but the ground display seemed about average.
Between feedings Redneck made another appearance at the rear of the field but did not venture further forward, so there is no new intelligence to report.
The second feeding was barely an hour after the finish of the first session so I was not surprised that things were slow to kick off. I counted about 15 eagles in the trees surrounding the field. After about 10 minutes there was some high altitude flying and gradually this brought the numbers up. Shortly after this two or three eagles landed but as has been there habit of late they were there to watch rather than eat, at least at first.
With the growing numbers the aerial activity increased and soon the eagles were feeding in numbers - between 8 and 10 - on the ground. My final count was 30+ eagles for the second session.
It is tempting to cut back to a single feeding but while there weather remains on the chilly side overnight I will persist with 2 feedings at 9:30 and 11:30. I'll review this on Tuesday.
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!