Given the weather and recent feedings this was something of a comeback day.
I thought I had been abandoned at the first feeding but just as I was finishing throwing out the chicken a car pulled up and three people got out. I had spotted a dozen or so eagles in the trees and initially felt this was going to be a repeat of the past two days. However, there was a decent aerial display which started immediately and by the time the eagles took to the ground the numbers were up over 30. A decent ground display followed.
The visitors were a couple from Moncton and the son they were visiting. All seemed well pleased with the display.
It was a similar story for the 10:30 feeding as there were no visitors when I threw out the chicken. I could see from the count of eagles in the trees that we were starting with a higher number than the first feeding. In the end we got 35 - 40 eagles. This was good because the weather had gone from murky to foggy followed by rain, so not ideal conditions. Again things kicked off quickly.
Both the aerial display and the ground action were slightly better than the early feeding, no doubt assisted by the slight increase in numbers. The visitors were from Wolfville and consisted of two special needs children and their carers. All seemed moved by the event reaffirming the power of nature to inspire at many levels.
The forecast for the weekend and beyond is a return to colder weather with some snow. That being the case I will continue with the two feedings at 8:30 and 10:30 until further notice. It will be interesting to see if numbers rise with the colder temperatures. From memory the tail end of last year settled into a pattern of 20 - 30 eagles which I assume to be year round residents. If the numbers don't increase it will be evidence that the migration back to nesting grounds has begun and we will be unlikely to see 50+ eagles again this year.