On November 4, an immature [2.5 year old] male Bald Eagle was released at Caledon State Park, Virginia. The eagle was rescued from King George County in August 2015; the bird suffered from lead poisoning. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
At the Center, the eagle was known as #15-1922 – the 1,922nd patient admitted to the Center in 2015. Now, the eagle will be known as KG09. “KG” represents King George, where the eagle was released. The numbers are the last two digits on the transmitter that the eagle is wearing. Each transmitter has a five-digit number written on the side of it in permanent black marker so that the eagle could possibly be identified at a distance.
March 15: Completing his now-familiar circuit yet again during the past two weeks, Bald Eagle KG09 flew in a roughly circular path encompassing about 30 miles of wetlands, agricultural areas, and tidal creeks. Similarly to his last update, he can be seen exploring both Mulberry and Paynes Island from the northern shore of the Rappahannock River – areas that are slightly further north compared to where he’s usually seen.
March 1: Bald Eagle KG09 continues to patrol a familiar peninsula on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. During the past week, however, he flew a little further north than what has been recently observed. Starting near the town of West Point, he traveled about 25 miles along the Rappahannock River. After crossing over the one-mile-wide river to Mulberry Island, he immediately returned to the southern shoreline and flew about 30 miles to his last-known location at the Dragonville landfill.
February 21: Remaining farther inland in comparison to previous weeks, Bald Eagle KG09 spent the past seven days near familiar territory on the northern shore of the Mattaponi River. After flying about 25 miles through rural farmland -- and making a visit to the Dragonville landfill along the way -- his GPS tracker places him just north of Elsom, Virginia.