Tracking KG09

On November 4, 2015, 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.

August 15: Bald Eagle KG09 flew in a roughly circular pattern during the past week, and can be seen making several returns to the Dragonville landfill along the way. In total, he traveled approximately 30 miles.

August 7: Bald Eagle KG09 visited the Dragonville landfill about a dozen times during the past few weeks. From the landfill’s location nearly seven miles inland from the Rappahannock River, he can be seen making several visits to the Purtan Bay. The one-mile wide cove is situated to the southeast of Purtan Island, and is bordered by tidal creeks and agricultural fields. His southernmost location seems to be directly overhead a privately-owned dock on the river’s shoreline.

July 25: Bald Eagle KG09 spent most of his time in his usual territory during the past week. His general flight patterns seem to follow the many small creeks that drain into the Rappahannock River and span the entirety of the 15-mile wide peninsula.


KG09 Archives 2016

KG09 Archives 2017

Frequently Asked Questions about the Transmitter