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?
October 21: NX checked in again this week; after hanging out around Stratford Hall, she flew south to Montross. At today's check-in, she appears to be near the Westmoreland County landfill, at the intersection of Davis Branch and Nanny Sanford Swamp. These creeks and streams are noted spots for fishing and kayaking.
October 19: Bald Eagle NX checked in on Sunday; her current location is at Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. This historic landmark is in Westmoreland County, and is about 10 miles northeast of NX's 2012 release location.
October 10: After nearly three weeks of silence, NX checked in again! We expected the batteries on NX's GPS backpack to run out in the summer of 2013 -- it's great to know that NX is doing well as a three-and-a-half year old eagle.
NX is currently about 14 miles northwest of her last check-in; she's currently on the Upper Machodoc Creek in King George County. This spot is across the river from Dahlgren, the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center. NX visited this area in the fall of 2012 and in January 2013.
September 24: Bald Eagle NX checked in again. During the past week, she's remained in the same general area along the banks of the Potomac River. Today, she is at Westmoreland State Park. It appears as though she is near the visitor center.
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.