On May 16, 2012, Bald Eagle NX was released at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County, Virginia. NX was equipped with a GPS transmitter before release. Read more about NX’s most recent [December 2011 - May 2012] case history.
NX’s December 2011 admission was not her first time at the Wildlife Center — NX was one of three eaglets hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. After her mother was struck and killed by an airplane, NX and her siblings were admitted to the Wildlife Center in April 2011. After growing up at the Wildlife Center, NX was released on August 30, 2011 at Berkeley Plantation on the James River below Richmond. NX was equipped with a GPS transmitter before release. Read more about NX’s April – August 2011 case history.
Where is she now?
January 6: NX checked in again! It's now been two years and eight months since her May 2012 release. During the past week, NX flew about 21 miles southeast to Westmoreland County. She was last in this area in October 2014; this spot is about eight miles northeast of her May 2012 release location.
Just what would NX look like right now? At this point, she definitely has many white head feathers growing in. NX will be turning four years old in mid-March. We can only guess that she'd look similar to her big brother Buddy when he was that age:
Buddy at 3 years, 10 months
December 28: Bald Eagle NX checked in yet again -- maybe her batteries will make it to 2015! So where did NX spend the holidays? King George County, Virginia. At her latest check-in, she was just 0.32 miles south of Mason Millpond.
December 15: After nearly a month of silence, Bald Eagle NX checked in again! The coverage of her travels during the past few weeks is a bit spotty, this may be due to the life of the transmitter battery. NX has been exploring the Northern Neck area and has flown through Westmoreland, Richmond, Essex, and King George Counties. At today's check-in, she's in King George County, a little more than a mile south of Weedonville.
November 21: NX checked in today from King George County, near Chestnut Hill. This location is just about two-and-a-half miles from her check-in spot three weeks ago.
How is NX spending her time?
In general, a Bald Eagle’s daily activity depends on the age of the bird and the season. According to the Birds of North America online, some studies suggest that immature eagles only spend about two to five percent of each day [24 hour period] in flight. More than half of their time is spent roosting, and about a third of their time is spent perching.