This weekend, our Sunday Funday adventure was literally wild. We woke up bright and early, made our coffees (and milks) to go, and jumped on the highway to head to the Annapolis Valley. Specifically, Sheffield Mills, Nova Scotia for Eagle Watch 2017.
Bald eagles congregate in this area of the Valley from late November until early March. From what I gather, they like this area because of the tall trees and the fact that the farmers tend to feed them well, providing them with healthy supply of chicken (which may explain the foxes I saw running around in the area as well).
While the eagles are around the area for a few months, Eagle Watch is for two weekends only. Normally held around the end of January/early February, today wraps up the official Eagle Watch event for this year. What’s the difference? Well during the Eagle Watch weekends, the eagles are fed between 8 and 10 am at the corner of Middle Dyke and Bains roads in Sheffield Mills, so there is bound to be some action and great photo opps. Of course there’s no guarantee the eagles will all be there, be active, or be ready to feed, but luckily today the eagles were plentiful and hungry!
While some years have seen up to 500 eagles during the event, nature still put on an amazing display today. Besides the feeds, activities are also held throughout the two weekends at the nearby community centre, including a (delicious sounding) breakfast each day and live entertainment. We were more in it for watching the eagles this year, so we skipped all those things.
Chelsea finally got to break out her new binoculars – a Christmas gift from her grandparents.
I see you, Boo!
Along with lots of road signage to help get you to the area (visit their website for maps), there are also a number of interpretive signs in the area so you can grow your bald eagle knowledge.
As we approached the area we could see bald eagles perched in the trees all over the place. We arrived at the feeding area just prior to the 10 am feed, and there was lots of parking along the road not too far away. It definitely didn’t take long for the eagles to leave the trees once the chickens were left in the field.
We all loved watching the eagles. It was very cool to see so many in one spot! We took turns with the binoculars, snapping photos, and Chelsea also was filming for her YouTube channel, Silly Chels.
Chelsea has finished her video and has posted it on YouTube here (she’d love it if you subscribed!)
Winner winner, chicken dinner!
These are some of my favourite shots from today… I wish I knew more about eagles, but all I know is that they are huge, a bit intimidating and apparently really love chicken.
After many of the eagles had returned to the trees, we spread our own wings and flew back to Halifax just in time for lunch (meaning we drove with the heat full blast and Chelsea deep in video editing mode).
This was a great #SundayFunday adventure. How did you get outside to enjoy nature this weekend?
For more information on the Sheffields Mills Eagle Watch, visit http://www.eaglens.ca/index.php