W20 Tracking Archives 2016

January 2016

January 6: In the past week, W20 moved from Quantico to a field near Todd's Tavern [about 10 miles southwest of Fredericksburg]. This current spot is about 30 miles from where the bird was last week, although the eagle took a circuitous route that totaled about 60 miles in nine days.

January 12: Bald Eagle W20 hung around the Todd's Tavern area for several days last week. On January 11, the eagle took a 26-mile trip east across the Potomac River and into Maryland! The bird is currently near Clifton Beach.

January 19: On January 13, W20 made a quick drop across the Potomac River back into Virginia, before crossing again back to Maryland. The bird flew about 16 miles north. Today, the Bald Eagle is on Mattawoman Creek near Indian Head, Maryland. These extensive wetlands support many fish.

January 26: Happy five-month release anniversary, W20! Here's a look back at what this adult female eagle has been doing since her August 2015 release:

In the past week, W20 has remained on the Mattawoman Creek near Indian Head, Maryland.

February 2016

February 2: During the past week, W20 moved toward the mouth of Mattawoman Creek, where it empties into the Potomac River.

February 10: W20 is still along the Mattawoman Creek in Charles County, Maryland. During the past week, she covered a four-mile stretch of the river and spent some time at Sweden Point Marina and Smallwood State Park.

February 16: W20 is back in Virginia! On February 13, the eagle left Indian Head, Maryland and flew about 14 miles south along the banks of the Potomac River. On February 14, the bird flew over the Potomac; at the point of her crossing, the river is about three miles wide. Today, W20 checked in at Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve, along the Potomac Creek.

February 26: Back to Maryland! During the past 10 days, W20 flew about 18 miles northwest, back to Maryland. As of today, W20 is within a mile of where she checked in on February 10, on Bullitt Neck.

Also, today is six months since the release of W20! Here's a look at what she's been doing during her past six months of freedom. While she's certainly been busy, she's stuck around the same general part of Virginia where she was both rescued and released.

March 2016

March 2: Bald Eagle W20 spent four days at Bullitt Neck, along the Mattawoman Creek in Maryland before she decided to head back to Virginia. This morning, she left her recent hangout spot and flew about 17 miles south, across the Potomac River and back into Virginia. When she checked in mid-day, she was just east of Fairview Beach in King George County.


 

March 10: During the past week, Bald Eagle W20 made her way along the west bank of the Potomac River, checking in one again on the Mattawoman Creek in Maryland.

March 21: W20 remained in Maryland during the past 11 days; she spent time near Bullitt Neck and Smallwood State Park along the Mattawoman Creek.

March 29: Back to Virginia! On March 25, W20 flew south to Virginia again, and as of this latest check-in, is within a mile of Fairview Beach in King George County.

April 2016

April 6: During the past week, Bald Eagle W20 stayed in Virginia along the Potomac River. She explored a seven-mile stretch of the river, from Potomac Creek to Caledon State Park.

April 14: Right after last week's check-in, W20 flew north into Maryland, then west back to Virginia around Quantico. After spending the night there, she flew across the Potomac again to Maryland and returned to a favorite hangout at Bullitt Neck and Smallwood State Park along the Mattawoman Creek. She's remained there for the past week.

April 20: W20 is back in Virginia; on April 15 she left Maryland and on April 16-17, spent time at Widewater State Park, right around the area where she was rescued and released last year. Today, she checked in from Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve by the Potomac Creek.

May 2016

May 10: Bald Eagle W20 took a couple of trips across the Potomac River this past week, venturing between Virginia and Maryland. At the most recent check-in, she was in Maryland, along the Nanjemoy Creek.

May 18: Last week, W20 flew north through Charles County, Maryland, and spent a few days at a favorite hangout on the Mattawoman Creek. She then flew west over the Potomac River and is now back in northern Virginia, near Dale City in Prince William County.

May 23: Bald Eagle W20 left Prince William County and flew south, back to Stafford County. The eagle made most of this trip on May 19 and 20, and flew a total of about 31 miles since her last check-in. Currently, the bird is on the Potomac River, just north of Potomac Creek.

June 6: W20 mostly remained in Stafford County during the past two weeks. The eagle spent time on the Potomac Creek, before flying north on June 4. The bird is now on Aquia Creek, at Widewater Beach, which is right beside Widewater State Park. The bird is a little more than a mile away from her August 2015 rescue location.

June 13: Right after last week's check-in, Bald Eagle W20 flew over the Potomac River, to Maryland. She spent a couple of days at Douglas Point before flying south to Smith Point. This spot is just 3.16 miles south of where Bald Eagle NX checked in yesterday.

June 24: During the past week, W20 stayed in a small area right around Smith Point in Maryland, just south of Wades Bay. This location is directly across the Potomac from Widewater Beach.

July 2016

July 1: Bald Eagle W20 remains on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. This past week, she stayed within a two-mile area, between Smith Point and Douglas Point.

July 15: During the past two weeks, Bald Eagle W20 has been on both the Maryland and Virginia sides of the Potomac River. W20 visited Quantico for a few days around Independence Day, before flying back to Maryland. As of today, the eagle is near Wades Bay.

July 21: Bald Eagle W20 stayed at Wades Bay for most of the past week. On July 20, she flew across the Potomac River to Widewater, then continued south to Aquia Landing Beach Park.

As of July 21, it appears as though Bald Eagle is flying over some homes with sizable swimming pools.

July 28: W20 made her way back across the Potomac River this past week and is now back in Maryland.

August 2016

August 3: Bald Eagle W20 is still on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. At her most recent check-in, she was at Purse State Park, which is an undeveloped area known for birding, fishing, and hunting. According to the website, the state park is ideal for "carp, large mouth bass, white perch and many other fish species. During the summer months, Wades Bay tends to fill with submerged aquatic vegetation often making fishing a challenge." We're guessing W20 is doing just fine on the fishing front!

August 10: Back to Virginia! During the past week, W20 flew over the Potomac River to Quantico, Virginia. For the past few days, she's been hanging out at Fire Station 32 at Quantico, which is right beside the Chopawamsic Creek.


August 17: Bald Eagle W20 certainly has her favorite hangout spots! During the past week, W20 left Quantico and flew back over the Potomac River to Maryland. She's once again at Wade's Bay at Purse State Park.

August 27: On August 18, W20 left the Purse State Park area and flew about 12 miles east in Maryland. She then crossed over the Potomac River the following day, back to Virginia. W20 has been exploring the banks of the river in King George County for the past week, which is about five miles north of Dalghren.

September 2016

September 9: In the past 12 days, Bald Eagle W20 left King George County and flew back across the Potomac River ... back to Purse State Park in Maryland! She certainly has some preferred spots, and apparently, alternates between these locations.

September 15: W20 left Maryland this past week and flew across the Potomac back to Virginia. Then back to Maryland ... then back to Virginia! At today's check in, she's currently on the Virginia side of the river at Mathias Point Neck.

September 22: For the past week, W20 remained at Mathias Point Neck, exploring a relatively small stretch of the Potomac River.

September 30: Bald Eagle W20 took a bit trip in the last week -- she followed the Potomac River upstream, sticking to the Virginia side of the river. Today, she checked in at Leesylvania State Park, which is just north of Quantico and about five miles south of Woodbridge, Virginia. In the past week, she flew about 46 miles.

October 2016

October 4: During the past five days, W20 flew about 12 miles south -- over the Potomac River, back into Maryland.

October 14: Bald Eagle W20 has flown away from the Potomac toward the city of Fredericksburg. During the past 10 days, the eagle made a large, circuitous S-shaped flight pattern through Stafford, King George, and Spotsylvania Counties. The eagle is currently just a couple of miles west of Fredericksburg.

October 27: During the past week, W20 has flown in a large counter-clockwise circle around Fredericksburg; as of today, she's nearly completed the loop of about 50 miles. The eagle didn't check in for most of last week, suggesting that one part of the loop is in spotty cell phone reception.

November 2016

November 2: Bald Eagle W20 continues to hang out in the Fredericksburg area, mostly west of I-95, although the bird has crossed over the interstate a couple of times in the past few days.

November 23: On November 20, Bald Eagle W20 beelined from her latest hangout spot just west of Fredericksburg back to the Potomac River, for a trip of about 22 miles in a day. Perhaps W20 decided she wanted fish for her Thanksgiving dinner?

November 30: During the past week, W20 made a large loop about 15-miles wide in Stafford County. She flew to the Wallaces Corner/Berea area for a few days, before looping back around Fredericksburg and returning to western King George County for a few days. At today's check-in, the eagle was near Wildcat Corner, back in Stafford County.

December 8: W20 remains in the general Fredericksburg area; in the past week, she spent time just north of the city before flying south back into Spotsylvania County. The eagle is currently exploring a field surrounded by a forested area, which is about two miles east of the Fawn Lake Country Club.

December 14: Bald Eagle W20 continues to fly around her favorite part of Virginia: around Fredericksburg, through Stafford, King George, and Spotsylvania County. During the past week, the eagle has flown approximately 74 miles.

December 22: Another week of flying around Fredericksburg! Today, Bald Eagle W20 checked in from the west side of Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania County.

December 28: Bald Eagle W20 is spending the holidays in Spotsylvania County, just west of Spotsylvania. During the past week, the eagle has covered a six-mile stretch around Todds Tavern and Shady Grove Corner.

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