The good news is that there have been no cases of avian influenza outside of the 3 kilometre exclusion zone. However, the three week quarantine period remains in effect.
There is also concern at the large number of ducks and geese in the area as these birds are carriers of the disease even though they do not contract it themselves.
To illustrate how swiftly the disease moves a am told that the virus got in to a barn of 12,000 turkeys. Three days later there were only 100 left alive, and these had to be euthanized. No wonder the farmers are so concerned.
As a result I regret to advise you that there will be no further feeding of the eagles this winter. It would not have commenced before the end of the quarantine period in any event and that would take us into the first week of March. By mid March the eagles start returning to their nesting grounds, so the feeding window would have been small.
The eagles have left the feeding site and without the attraction of easy food they may move on sooner than they otherwise would.
Thank you for your support and donations. I hope we can do this again in December. In the meantime, stay well!
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!