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 31: Happy Halloween from NX! During the past three days, NX moved west. She's now less than three miles northeast of King George.
October 28: Bald Eagle NX checked in on October 26 and 28. She's flown northwest from Westmoreland County, and is back at an old familiar hang-out: Rosier Creek.
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.
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.