[NatureNS] about eagles and 2016 EAGLE WATCH,

From: Jim Wolford <jimwolford@eastlink.ca>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:53:00 -0400
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THANKS, DOUGLAS!  Although I donít understand your comment about the flame war (??) and my posts then.  Cheers from Jim.

On Jan 27, 2016, at 4:08 PM, Douglas Guptill <dguptill@accesswave.ca> wrote:

> Hello Jim:
> 
> Thanks for the message.  As someone mentioned, during a flame war a
> year or so ago, your posts often contain valuable information, and
> your contribution to the list is invaluable.
> 
> Regards.
> Douglas
> 
> On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 03:10:11PM -0400, Jim Wolford wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> 
>>> From: Jim Wolford <jimwolford@eastlink.ca>
>>> Subject: about eagles and 2016 EAGLE WATCH, Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 6-7 (a bit long)
>>> Date: January 27, 2016 at 3:09:44 PM AST
>>> To: Nature BNS <nature@blomidonnaturalists.ca>
>>> Cc: Jim Wolford <jimwolford@eastlink.ca>, Richard Hennigar <hennigar@xcountry.tv>
>>> 
>>> JAN. 25, 2015 - With the Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch quickly approaching (Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 6-7)(www.eaglens.ca), in early afternoon I drove out to the feeding site in the big open field at the north end of Middle Dyke Road.  When I arrived at 1:30 p.m., there were about 25+ bald eagles perched in the trees and flying about and interacting and still feeding.  One eagle had food on the ground, and several others had carried parts of chicken carcasses into the trees and feeding there, with watching ravens perched nearby.  Also a few of the expected great black-backed gulls were also present on the ground.
>>> 
>>> And of course there were perhaps 5-10 cars and a dozen or more would-be photographers on hand.
>>> 
>>> Usually the Swetnams (poultry farmers) put out the food between 9 and 10 a.m., and sometimes on the Eagle Watch weekends there can be multiple feedings.
>>> 
>>> Remember that the feedings take place every day through the winter, not just on those two weekends.
>>> 
>>> A lot of luck and endurance is involved in being there at the right times ó itís the eagles who decide how long to wait before actively going after the food, and, being expert thieves, trying to steal food from other eagles etc.
>>> 
>>> There are many other places, scattered around the county, where the eagles get fed and where they can be found perched in groups.  And Kingís County eagles are used to gawkers, both in cars and on foot.  Other areas to search include Avonport, the Gaspereau River Valley, White Rock, Lumsden Reservoir, Cornwallis River Valley (Kentville to Wolfville), Fred Thomas Road, Saxon Street, Canard Road, Hwy. 221, Canning & Kingsport & northward.  Sheffield Mills is west from Canning.
>>> 
>>> I donít know how many farmers now feed the eagles etc., but the eagles do know, and they also know who is putting out the largest dead chickens (daily mortalities in those big long barns).  From mid to late afternoon and overnihg, eagles roost communally, and who knows how much of their conversation is about where to find food?!  
>>> 
>>> For those who donít know where the Sheffield Mills Community Hall is, it is straight east from the feeding field.  The road at the north end of M. Dyke Road is Bains Road ó go to the right (east) and follow the bends to a stop sign.  Turn right (south) there and look for the hall on your left after about a half-kilometre?
>>> 
>>> On those two weekends, be prepared for a massive traffic jam at the feeding field.  Be patient and very courteous to others present.  I hope we will soon get some more snow and cold, both of which will help to concentrate the birds at the feeding sites.
>>> 
>>> Cheers from Jim in Wolfville.
>> 
> 
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