Tracking Bald Eagle CP93: 2016–2017

Bald Eagle #16-2217 [CP93] was a mature male Bald Eagle admitted to the Center in October 2016 after he was found injured in Portsmouth, Virginia. The eagle had been in a fight with another Bald Eagle and suffered several lacerations to his chest and shoulder, as well as internal trauma. After veterinary care and nearly two months of rehabilitation, the bird was released at Chippokes Plantation State Park in November 2016.

Staff were able to track CP93 for one year as he explored Hampton Roads and the Northern Neck of Virginia; this bird spent most of his time as a "city bird", exploring the more urban areas of Norfolk and Chesapeake. A resident in Norfolk even sighted the bird and shared photos with the Center! Sadly, CP93 was hit and killed by a vehicle in November 2017.


Bald Eagle CP93 stayed within a couple of miles of Chippokes in the days following his release. He then flew south for about 17 miles before settling near the eastern border of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge at the end of November. At the beginning of December, CP93 flew north and began exploring Norfolk, VA, and Portsmouth, VA, flying over many residential neighborhoods and waterways before returning to the Great Dismal Swamp. He explored a two-mile stretch, mostly sticking to the canal that's right beside the George Washington Highway. He took another trip to Norfolk and then returned to the Great Dismal Swamp. At the end of the year, he remained in Chesapeake, except for a quick trip to North Carolina on Christmas Day!

Bald Eagle CP93 route in 2016


In the 10 months following his release, CP93 explored the Hampton Roads area, including the cities of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Poquoson. The eagle also made several visits to the Great Dismal Swamp, but, for the most part, stayed in the surrounding urban and suburban areas. In September 2017, a resident in Norfolk, Virginia, spotted a mature eagle outside of his residence and reported it to the Wildlife Center. Based on the tracking data, the Center was able to confirm that this was an actual sighting of CP93!

In mid-September 2017, the eagle flew about 55 miles north through the middle peninsula, to the Northern Neck of Virginia, and spent about two weeks on the Potomac River. The eagle flew back to Hampton Roads in early October, then back to the Northern Neck mid-month. By mid-November, the eagle was back in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Sadly, that's where the bird's story ends; CP93 was hit and killed by a vehicle on November 15, 2017, as he was flying along Route 17.