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.
January 13: RR53 checked in once again from the King George landfill, though spent the past week making a complete loop around Westmoreland, Caroline, and Essex Counties. The eagle left the landfill on January 6 last week and started flying east. Today, the bird returned to the landfill area.
January 5: Bald Eagle RR53 rang in the New Year in King George County, Virginia. The eagle has mostly been hanging out around Johnson's Corner, in the same area as the Birchwood Power Facility and the King George landfill.
December 31: Bald Eagle RR53 traveled quite a bit in the last week, traveling through multiple counties in the Northern Neck of Virginia. As of today, the last day of 2020, the bird is hanging out in King George County.