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?

January 27: Amazingly enough, C46 checked in again! While we’re still missing a fair number of data points from her travels in the past two months, we can see that on January 9, the six-year-old bird left Delaware and flew south to Maryland. The bird spent several days on the Eastern Shore of Virginia before flying over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia Beach.

January 2020 update for November 9, 2019:  C46 checked in on January 9, 2020, though her most recent data point was from November 9, 2019 -- in her established territory of Delaware. The eagle's GPS unit has a rather low battery voltage currently, which isn't all that surprising given the age of the transmitter. This bird has been checking in for five-and-a-half years now!

October 10: C46 is back in Virginia, near her hatch location! We're still missing a number of data points, likely due to the low battery and age of the eagle's GPS transmitter, but we can see that on September 29, the bird left the Delaware area and starting flying south along the coast. The eagle crossed into  Maryland, flew past Ocean City, and into Virginia along the Eastern Shore. On October 10, the bird checked in near Birdsnest, Virginia in Northampton County. 

Where were they?  Tracking Archives

Frequently Asked Questions about the Eaglets' Transmitters