Sadly this was the worst day of the season barring the day of the big snowstorm. We were down to about 20 eagles in the first session, perhaps up to 30 in the second. Mild weather undoubtedly had something to do with it but it's just possible that the return to nesting grounds has begun early.
We had half a dozen visitors at the 8:30 session which began with a mild aerial display. It seemed that only one or two eagles would engage with the rest staying in the trees. When they came to ground it was a tame show with the ravens accounting for more aggression than the eagles.
The second feeding saw a return to the waiting game as by 11:05 there had only been a couple of flybys. I had to leave and did not return until gone 1:30 by which time everybody had gone: eagles, chickens, ravens and people. Often the best displays come after a long wait, so I hope this was the case, especially for our visitors from Washington D.C. who leave us today.
I will persist with two feedings at 8:30 and 10:30 tomorrow.
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!