© Gary Manning
An eagle takes off with some chicken for lunch in Sheffield Mills earlier this week. The annual Eagle Watch was on last weekend and continues this coming weekend.
It’s time for eagle-eyed birdwatchers to once again converge on the Sheffield Mills area. The 22nd annual Sheffield Mills Eagle Watch takes place over the weekends of Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2.
Organizing committee member Nick Jackson said an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people take part in the festivities over the four days. Hundreds of people gather at the viewing area at the corner of Middle Dyke and Bains roads at any given time during the weekend. In recent years, they’ve served about 400 pancake and sausage breakfasts each morning at the Sheffield Mills Community Centre.
“You get to see community members you don’t always see,” Jackson said.
Jackson, the official sausage cooker, said he enjoys the social aspect of the event and there is a great sense of camaraderie. There are about 16 volunteers working at the community centre during the breakfasts.
He said Eagle Watch is a great day out for bird lovers and, for people from outside the area, seeing an eagle isn’t an everyday occurrence. The Sheffield Mills area is blessed with a concentration of hundreds of bald eagles.
The breakfast goes from 8 a.m. until noon, with live musical entertainment beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day. Jackson said all the food and refreshments are local and wholesome. There will be fresh pressed apple cider, real maple syrup and blueberry sauce. The sausage is from the Canning Village Meat Market.
Proceeds from the breakfast go to the care and maintenance of the hall, community projects, deserving people living in and around the community and charitable donations.
There are also information displays, crafts, videos and more showcased upstairs at the Sheffield Mills Community Centre.
On Jan. 25, the First Cornwallis Baptist Church in Upper Canard is hosting a soup, chowder and chili lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Lloyd Memorial Centre in Kingsport is hosting a homemade baked bean, brown bread and ham lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on events, schedules and prices, visit www.eaglens.ca.