On September 10, 2015, a mature female Bald Eagle was released at York River State Park in Williamsburg, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in Newport News in July 2015; the bird spent nearly two months recovering at the Wildlife Center. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
At the Center, the eagle was known as #15-1667 – the 1,667th patient admitted to the Center in 2015. Now, the eagle will be known as YR73. “YR” represents York River, where the eagle was released. The numbers are the last two digits on the transmitter that the eagle is wearing. Each transmitter has a five-digit number written on the side of it in permanent black marker so that the eagle could possibly be identified at a distance.
October 2: Bald Eagle YR73 spent several days in a small wooded area last week in the middle of Newport News. The transmitter data indicated the bird was making small movements. However, the Center hasn’t received data from the transmitter since September 25. This could represent an issue with the transmitter or an issue with the Bald Eagle. The Center has been discussing the case with Jeff Cooper, the DGIF eagle biologist and the cellular tracking transmitter experts. An extensive ground search of the area has produced nothing.
September 23: After spending time near her initial rescue location, Bald Eagle YR73 explored Mulberry Island near the mouth of Warwick River before checking in outside of Newport News on September 23. During the past few days, the eagle has checked in near a wooded area at the end of a cul-de-sac, approximately one quarter-mile from Lucas Creek.
September 18: During the past several days, Bald Eagle YR73 flew southwest, checking in on September 18 less than two miles from where she was initially rescued. The eagle is now spending time along the James River, approximately five miles from Newport News.
September 11: Bald Eagle YR73 was released at York River State Park on September 10. Following release, the eagle crossed the York River and traveled approximately 9 miles east, checking in near Beaverdam Lake on September 11.