Tracking RR53

On July 4, 2018, a fifth-year Bald Eagle was released at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued at the refuge in May 2018. 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 #18-0752 – the 752nd patient admitted to the Center in 2018. Now, the eagle will be known as RR53. “RR” represents Rappahannock River, where the eagle was rescued and 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 19: On February 26, RR53 checked in near Ethel, Virginia. A week later, the bird had traveled 35 miles north to the shoreline of the Potomac River just outside of  Fairview Beach, Virginia. By March 18, the eagle had returned south and checked in again a few miles away from Ethel, Virginia. During the past month, the eagle has explored the same areas bordering a 50-mile stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.

February 17: During the past two weeks, Bald Eagle RR53 explored a 40-mile stretch from Fredericksburg, VA to Warsaw, VA, between the Potomac River and Rappahannock River. On February 17, the eagle checked in along the Rappahannock on Mulberry Island, a few miles outside of Germans Corner, VA.

February 5: Bald Eagle RR53 is in King George County, Virginia this week, traveling between the edge of the Potomac River and developed land inland near Passapatanzy, Virginia.


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