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.

November 13: After not checking in for two months, Bald Eagle RR53 checked in on November 13. The eagle has made significant movement; the bird checked in just a few miles east of Luray, Virginia, which is approximately 100 miles from where the bird was along the Potomac River in September.

It also appears that the eagle made a few stops just north of Richmond the week prior, checking in near Doswell, Virginia, on November 7.  

September 12:  After a month of being off the grid, Bald Eagle RR53 checked in from Snake Island in Westmoreland County, VA; the eagle is approximately 14 miles northeast of the last check-in location along the Rappahannock River. The eagle is now exploring a bay just off the Potomac River.

August 2: Since the bird’s release last month, Bald Eagle RR53 hasn’t explored much beyond a 10 square mile area along the Rappahannock River.


Where was RR53?  2018 Tracking Archives for RR53


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