Tracking KG09

On November 4, 2015, an immature [2.5 year old] male Bald Eagle was released at Caledon State Park, Virginia. The eagle was rescued from King George County in August 2015; the bird suffered from lead poisoning. 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 #15-1922 – the 1,922nd patient admitted to the Center in 2015. Now, the eagle will be known as KG09. “KG” represents King George, 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. 

March 24: KG09 continued spending time overhead the Owl Trap landfill during the past few weeks, moving out small distances as seen in his previous update. Despite being in close proximity to several inlets of the York River, he appears to prefer the agricultural areas and forested places nearby. 

March 2: Bald Eagle KG09 flew throughout a wider range during the past week compared to what's usually been seen in recent months. His furthest trip from the Owl Trap landfill was towards the south to Purtan Island and back, a distance of about 16 miles. 

February 21: As expected, KG09 spent the majority of the past week in and around the Owl Trap landfill. Most of his movements were within a relatively small area, but he can be seen flying almost four miles to the north and south at different points throughout the week. Recently warmer-than-average temperatures throughout Virginia haven’t seemed to impact his movements much, but with colder weather returning this week, we’ll keep an eye on KG09.


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