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?
March 25: During the past five days, NX flew across the river, and now is only about two miles from her May 2012 release location!
March 20: Bald Eagle NX is still on the Rappahannock River, just about 3.5 miles from the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge [her 2012 release site].
March 13: NX checked in on March 13 -- just two days before her four-year hatchday! It looks as though she's just been flying around the same small stretch of the Rappahannock River for the past couple of weeks; this spot is where Westmoreland, Essex, and Richmond Counties meet. The area is just a few miles north of her May 2012 release site.
February 23: Bald Eagle NX checked in again -- right along the same stretch of the Rappahannock River.
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.