The wind made it feel much colder than the air temperature today. The expectation of larger eagle numbers was partly fulfilled today as there were roughly 30 eagles at each feeding.
Only two brave photographers attended the 8:30 feeding. This almost private showing saw a stuttering start with a decent aerial display and a good ground display. Action wasn't continuous but rather had two distinct periods of activity.
By the time of the second feeding there were a dozen or so people attending - some wisely waiting in their cars until the action began. Again there was a very good aerial display before the eagles took to the ground with limited aggression early on.
We had visitors from Moncton and Burlington Ontario so I am relieved that the eagles put on a decent show.
While eagle numbers were an improvement on recent days they were insufficient to convince me that the majority of migrants are still with us. I now strongly suspect that the return to nesting grounds is well under way. Frankly, the numbers do not justify two feedings, a sentiment supported by the long delays in the eagles engaging during the past week.
There will be two feedings tomorrow at 8:30 and 10:30 as previously committed in the Blog, but as of Monday I am switching to a single feeding at 9:30 am. This should give visitors from Metro sufficient time to get to site comfortably. If this creates problems for anyone, let me know by commenting and I will give the matter more consideration.