Tracking Chincoteague Bald Eaglets

On August 20, 2014, two young Bald Eagles were released at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia. Both birds were rescued as eaglets in Chincoteague in May 2014 after their nest was destroyed in a storm. Prior to release, the eagles were fitted with GPS transmitters. Read more about the eaglets' history and rehabilitation here.

At the Wildlife Center, the eaglets were known as patients #14-0649 and #14-0650. Now, the young eagles will be known as C35 and C46. "C" represents Chincoteague, where the birds were hatched and later released. The numbers are the last two digits on the transmitter that each eaglet is wearing. Each transmitter has a five-digit number written on the side of it in permanent black marker so that the eaglets could possibly be identified at a distance. Eagle #14-0649 is C35; Eagle #14-0650 is C46.

Where are they now?

May 28: Bald Eagle C46 checked in on May 28 from Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

May 20: Bald Eagle C46 continues to periodically check in! Though the check-in data is spotty, it shows the C46 has remained in the southern Delaware/Maryland area this spring, with occasional visits to the eagle’s natal territory on Chincoteague Island in Virginia.


January 2019: It appears as though C46's battery is depleted, which isn't a surprise after four years of tracking!
UPDATE: January 24:  After five months without a check-in, we assumed that Bald Eagle C46’s battery was depleted – but this bird surprised us!

On January 25, C46’s tracker did a “data dump” for the past four months. We can see that this bird spent time in its usual territory of southern Delaware, southeastern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore/Chincoteague Island in Virginia.

The eagle made trips spanning between Georgetown, DE and Accomack County, VA, with a few visits to its natal territory on Chincoteague Island.

We don’t expect to get more data from this eagle’s journey, but perhaps we’ll be surprised again!


Where were they?  Tracking Archives

Frequently Asked Questions about the Eaglets' Transmitters