W20 Tracking Archives 2017

January 2017

January 5: W20 spent the last week looping around Fredericksburg, through Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties. She made a quick trip across the Potomac to Maryland on December 30, but came back to Virginia in the same day.

January 11: After W20's last check-in, she started a 20-mile trip north to Quantico, where she's spent the past few days. The Marine Corps Base is a well-known spot for Bald Eagles; eagles from Canada to Florida can be found congregating there at different times of the year.

January 19: On January 13, W20 left Quantico and made the return trip south to her favorite spot in and around Fredericksburg. On January 19, she was just southeast of the city, on the Rappahannock River.

January 25: W20 has been exploring Stafford County within the past week. The eagle left the Fredericksburg are on January 23 and is currently less than three miles west of Widewater State Park, which is both the rescue and release location of the eagle.

February 2017

February 1: On January 26, W20 left her favored area of Fredericksburg and flew to Maryland!  The trip was about 20 miles in total, and W20 completed it within a day. Since then, she's been hanging out at Bullitt Neck on the Mattawoman Creek. Interestingly enough, W20 spent time in this exact area just about a year ago, February and March of 2016.

February 9: W20 stayed in Maryland this past week. On February 4, she flew about 12 miles south to the Wade Bay area; she stayed there two days before flying back to the Mattawoman Creek on February 6.

February 21:  During the past 12 days, W20 came back to Virginia ... then went back to Maryland ... then came back to Virginia ... then went back to Maryland again! Following nearly the same clockwise direction both times, W20 started her first loop on February 9, flew back to the Mattawoman Creek on February 13, then started her next loop on February 16 before settling back on the Mattawoman Creek on February 20. Today, the bird is only about 300 feet from her February 9 check-in spot.

February 28: W20 is back in Virginia! On February 26, the Bald Eagle flew south across the Potomac River, and back to Stafford County.

March 2017

March 13:  During the past two weeks, W20 made a 50-mile round-trip to Maryland and back, during which the eagle visited some of her favorite spots. As of March 13, the eagle was right around the Widewater Beach area, where she was released in August 2015.

March 22:  Bald Eagle W20 is back in Maryland ... for now! The eagle made another trip back to her favorite spot on the Mattawoman Creek, before flying south again along the peninsula. At her latest check-in, she was just south of Wades Bay on the Potomac River.

March 28:  W20 returned to Virginia and stayed on the Virginia side of the Potomac River this past week, exploring the Widewater area as well as Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve. This area supports 750 acres of wetlands and 2,200 acres of mature hardwood forests.

April 2017

April 4: W20 stayed within a relatively small area during the past week; she's been exploring Aquia Creek and Widewater State Park and area, which is where she was released in August 2015.

April 12: W20 spent another week in the Widewater area, and didn't even stray off of the peninsula this past week!

April 19:  W20 is back in Maryland! She left Widewater right after her last check-in and flew over the Potomac River to Maryland. On April 14, she worked her way north back to one of her favorite hangout spots on the Mattawoman Creek.

April 26:   Back to Virginia! During the past week, W20 slowly made her way south again, over the Potomac River, and to the Aquia Creek area.

May 2017

May 4:  During the past week, W20 stayed in Virginia and hung out at Widewater, as well as the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.

May 10:  W20 is back in Maryland!  The Bald Eagle made most of her 20-mile journey on May 6, and since then, has settled back in along the Mattawoman Creek.

May 18: On May 12, W20 left her favorite spot in Maryland and flew across the Potomac River to Powell's Creek. Currently, the eagle is just south of Leesylvania State Park, about four miles north of Quantico.

May 25: W20 spent time in both Virginia and Maryland this past week. On May 20, she flew south across the Potomac to Maryland, and kept moving down the peninsula. She stayed south of Wades Bay for a few days, before flying back across the Potomac on May 24, to Virginia. Today, the eagle is on Potomac Creek, near the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.

May 31:  W20 stayed in Virginia this past week and flew to the Widewater Beach area right after her last check-in. She's been flying around Aquia Creek and Widewater State Park for the past six days.

June 2017

June 7: Within the past week, W20 continued to cruise around the Widewater area, flying along the banks of the Potomac and Aquia Creek.

June 14: Bald Eagle W20 is now back in Maryland! On June 10, the eagle flew over the Potomac River to Douglas Point; after a day, the bird flew south over Wades Bay to Smith Point.

June 20: On June 15, W20 flew back over the Potomac to Virginia and hung out at Widewater State Park for a few days. On June 18, the bird flew roughly 12 miles north to Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County.

June 28:  W20 remained at Leesylvania State Park for another week, and explored a half-mile of the park along Occoquan Bay.

July 2017

July 5: Bald Eagle W20 stayed within the same two-mile stretch of the Potomac River in the past week; on July 2, the bird flew over Powells Creek and spent Independence Day weekend near the Potomac Shores Golf Club.

July 11: W20 is still in Prince William County, along the Potomac River. The eagle didn't travel far within the past week, but has been flying along the banks of the river daily.

July 18: Bald Eagle W20 spent another week in Prince William County, just east of Southbridge. The eagle visited Leesylvania State Park again before flying south again over Powells Creek.

July 27: W20 spent about another week around Leesylvania State Park before she decided to leave the area on July 25. That day, she flew across the Potomac River into Maryland, then back across the Potomac to King George County, Virginia. She did the 18-mile trip in a day and has been exploring the banks of the river in Virginia for the past couple of days.

August 2017

August 11:  W20 hasn't checked in during the past 11 days; the battery level on her GPS transmitter is quite low, and while it's charging a small amount, it's likely that the battery level is not high enough to transmit the data that's been collected. This month marks the two-year anniversary since her release; her transmitter may naturally be aging and may only give sporadic data at this point. On July 31, W20 was in Virginia in King George County.

August 22:  After three weeks of silence, W20 checked in! The eagle's GPS transmitter has slowly been charging; it's not at full charge, but enough to send data. It appears as though the latest data dump is missing tracking information from August 1 through August 18; we can't be sure if the eagle traveled during that time, but we do know that the bird is still in King Geoge County, where she was at the end of July. This weekend marks the two-year anniversary of the eagle's release.

August 29: Bald Eagle W20's transmitter has continued to slowly charge, though the unit is still not fully charged; this may be due to age. During the past week -- which included the eagle's two-year release anniversary! -- the eagle stayed in King George County, along the Potomac River.

September 2017

September 6: Bald Eagle W20 continues to remain at the tip of the peninsula along the Potomac River in Kinge George County. She's sticking to a fairly small area of about two miles. 

September 22: W20 is in King George County ... but has traveled quite a bit in the past two weeks! On September 8, the eagle flew across the Potomac River to Maryland, then kept flying across the Maryland peninsula, back across the Potomac to Virginia -- a trip of about 24 miles. After spending some time in Woodbridge, the eagle flew south, made a quick trip back and forth across the Potomac again, then continued flying south through Stafford County, back to King George County. 

September 28: Within the past week, W20 worked her way east across King George County -- though stuck to the banks of the Potomac River. The eagle covered a distance of about 16 miles, mostly on September 27 and 28. 

October 2017

October 5: Bald Eagle W20 has been on the move this past week! On October 2, the eagle flew over the Potomac River to Maryland, across the peninsula, and back over the Potomac to Virginia -- a trip of about 23 miles. The following day, she flew about 37 miles to Fredericksburg Virginia, then pressed on the following day another nine miles to Potomac Creek. 

October 11: W20 flew about six miles north during the past week, to a familiar hangout -- Widewater State Park! This is the area where W20 was both rescued and released in 2015.

October 17: Bald Eagle W20 spent another week flying around the Widewater area. 

October 26: W20 remained another week in the Widewater area, then took a trip of about 51 miles southwest on October 24 and 25. The eagle is now in Spotsylvania County. 

November 2017

November 2: Bald Eagle W20 spent most of the last week in Spotsylvania County before taking a 25-mile trip to the Potomac River on Halloween. After a brief stop there, the bird flew east again and is in Stafford County.

November 10: During the past week, Bald Eagle W20 stayed in the Fredericksburg area; the eagle stayed just west of the city and flew from the Stafford/Culpeper border into Spotsylvania County.

November 14: W20 continues to explore Spotsylvania County. The eagle has been staying in a relatively small area during the past few days, near Brokenburg and Margo.

November 22: Bald Eagle W20 left Spotsylvania County this past weekend, and took a couple of days to fly about 48 miles to the Potomac River in Stafford County. 

November 29: During the past week, W20 flew west again, away from the Potomac River. The eagle flew roughly 30 miles in Stafford County. 

December 2017

December 6: W20 flew back to the banks of the Potomac River again on December 1 -- a trip of about 25 miles. After exploring the river for a few days, the eagle flew west again on December 4 through Stafford County into Spotsylvania County -- a trip of about 33 miles. The eagle is about 12 miles west of Fredericksburg. 

December 14: Bald Eagle W20 is still exploring the Fredericksburg area, flying in and around Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties. On December 11, the eagle made a 28-mile trip back to the Potomac River near her home territory of Widewater Beach; two days later, she started flying west again. Today, she checked in just west of Ramoth, Virginia. 

December 28: Bald Eagle W20's check-ins have been sporadic lately; the battery on her GPS transmitter is fairly low, which could be due to age. In looking at the tracking, we're missing some data points, but we know that W20 is still in her home territory, and spent Christmas just west of Fredericksburg. Three days later, she flew about 26 miles back to Widewater State Park.