Where was He: KG09 Archives 2016

January 2016

January 4: Bald Eagle KG09 did quite a bit of traveling since its last check-in. During the past two weeks, he flew more than 40 miles north along the Rappahannock River and is now approximately three miles north of Tappahannock, VA.

January 11: Bald Eagle KG09 checked in today. The young eagle continues to explore area around Tappahannock, VA and is currently hanging out near Mt. Landing Creek in Essex County, VA.

January 18: In the last week, KG09 continued to fly 15 miles southeast, and crossed over the Rappahannock River on January 17. He is currently exploring Booker Bar, which is a popular fishing and picnic spot in Warsaw, Virginia.

January 25: KG09 did some traveling despite the winter storm over the weekend. The Bald Eagle flew across the Rappahannock River and continued approximately 20 miles southeast down the river’s shoreline. This morning, the bird checked in less than a mile from Butylo, Virginia.

February 2016

February 1: KG09 flew approximately 15 miles northwest and has checked in again at the Middle Peninsula Landfill in Gloucester County, Virginia. Bald Eagle BP39, another one of the eagles the Wildlife Center of Virginia is tracking, also checked in at the same landfill, and the two young birds are less than a quarter of a mile away from each other.

February 4: Happy anniversary, KG09! Today marks the three-month release anniversary of this young bird. Here’s a look back at the eagle’s travels during his first three months back in the wild. Today, the bird is on Plymouth Swamp, which is about 15 miles of his last check-in point.

February 10: KG09 has continued to fly northwest and traveled more than 25 miles in the past week. The bird is currently exploring Hoskins Creek and checked in about four miles west of Tappahannock, Virginia.


February 15: KG09 flew more than 35 miles since his last check-in and is now near Bradley Run which is less than a mile from the Charles City Landfill.

February 22: KG09 is on the move! Since his last check-in, KG09 traveled more than 25 miles northeast and is now hanging out at the King and Queen County Landfill.

February 29: KG09 continues to fly northwest. Since his last check-in, the young eagle has flown more than 30 miles and checked in less than a mile and-a-half from Caret, Virginia. KG09 is also less than 30 miles from his November 4 release site.

March 2016

March 7: KG09 traveled more than 50 miles since his last check-in. The young eagle flew back to the Middle Peninsula Landfill in Gloucester County, Virginia before traveling further south down the York River. Currently, KG09 is roosting at York River tributary near Morris Bay.

March 15: KG09 left the York River tributary and crossed over the Mattaponi River on March 10. The bird is currently exploring a section of the Pamunkey River near the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve [CBNERR].CBNERR is managed by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science , College of William and Mary.

March 21: KG09 traveled back across the Mattaponi River and headed north to the Middle Peninsula Landfill in Gloucester County, Virginia. The young eagle then turned south and traveled 15 miles down the York River to the estuary where he had previously checked in on March 7.

March 29: KG09 remains in Glouchester County and hasn’t traveled farther than 10 miles from his last check-in location. Currently the eagle is near Woods Mill Swamp.

April 2016

April 4: KG09 continues to explore Gloucester County, and checked in this morning about a quarter of a mile west of Gressitt Pond.

April 12: KG09 continues to hang out in near the York River in Gloucester County. In the last couple days, the bird has been checking in again at the Middle Peninsula Landfill.

April 18: KG09 remains in Gloucester County and has been traveling up and down a 10-mile stretch between Shanghai and Owl Trap, Virginia.

April 25: KG09 has covered a lot of ground since his last check in. The young eagle continued to explore the York River in Gloucester County. During the past weekend, KG09 flew 30 miles west and checked in today at the Republic Services Recycling Center in Henrico County about five miles east of downtown Richmond, Virginia.


May 2016

May 2: Bald Eagle KG09 has returned close to the city center of Richmond. On May 2, the eagle checked in a few miles east of the James River in Henrico County.


May 16: Bald Eagle KG09 left the James River and returned east; the eagle checked in along the York River on May 16.

May 27: Eagle KG09 continues to explore the same general area east of the James River.


June 2016

June 20:  During the past few weeks, Bald Eagle KG09 has explored the area around the Mattaponi River, a tributary of the York River. The eagle briefly traveled to the banks of the Rappahannock River before returning inland and checking in near Clancie, VA on June 20.


June 28: Bald Eagle KG09 is still in the area just east of the York RIver in Gloucester County, VA. On June 28, the eagle checked in near a landfill less than two miles south of Owl Trap, VA.


July 2016

July 13: Bald Eagle KG09 has continued flying over the landfill near Owl Trap, VA, where his most recent check-in placed him on July 13th. He also flew across the York River and back, nearly two miles each way, before returning to Belleview, VA.

July 22: Remaining further inland since his last check in, Bald Eagle KG09 spent a majority of the last week at the landfill near Owl Trap, VA. Although human garbage is not a significant source of food for mature Bald Eagles, landfills may provide scavenging sites for younger eagles that have not fully developed successful hunting techniques.

August 2016

August 4: Bald Eagle KG09 continues to check in near the Owl Trap, VA landfill near the York River, and flew over the town of Plain View on August 1. Open agricultural fields bordered by forested areas likely provide excellent perching locations for the eagle.

August 18: Seeming to prefer the agricultural areas and landfill site of Owl Trap, VA over tidal zones closer to the bay, Bald Eagle KG09 has not flown far since his last update. The bird has remained within an approximately four-mile radius since early August.

August 25: After leaving the landfill near Owl Trap, VA, Bald Eagle KG09 traveled approximately 17 miles north to the Rappahannock River. The eagle checked in at another landfill near Dragonville, VA, before visiting the shoreline directly opposite of Belle Isle – less than three miles from the site of the Wildlife Center’s most recent Bald Eagle release! After spending roughly 24 hours there, the eagle seems to be heading back to the Dragonville landfill.

September 1: Bald Eagle KG09 has flown farther inland during the last week, seeming to prefer open agricultural areas over tidal rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay. After spending three days over the landfill near Dragonville, VA, the eagle flew approximately 30 miles north to the James River, just 10 miles west of Richmond County. KG09’s most recent transmissions show the eagle resting in forested areas that border sparsely populated farmlands.

September 8: Bald Eagle KG09 has flown approximately 40 miles south during the last week. Resting throughout farmlands along the way, the eagle eventually checked in at what appears to be a quarry on the James River near Ancarrow’s Landing -- just two miles from downtown Richmond – before heading north again.

September 15: After flying nearly 40 miles northeast from Richmond, VA, Bald Eagle KG09 has arrived in familiar territory. The bird appears to be returning to the Dragonville, VA area on a regular basis, indicating a suitable amount of food and shelter for KG09. The eagle, now just under four years old, last checked-in over a small pond bordering what appears to be a poultry farm.

September 22: Bald Eagle KG09 is back in Dragonville, VA this week. The bird flew a little less than seven miles from the Mattaponi River to its current location, where it appears to be resting in a forested area that borders a landfill – clearly visible on the map just beneath the yellow pin showing KG09’s most-recent data transmission.

September 30: Bald Eagle KG09 remains in the Dragonville, Virginia area. The eagle displayed some interesting movement this week by flying roughly 35 miles in a complete counter-clockwise circle. The trip took KG09 four days from start to finish, where the eagle’s last-known position is shown -- just north of the landfill this bird has frequented since late August.

October 7: In a very similar pattern compared to last week, Bald Eagle KG09 made a one-way trip in a counter-clockwise circle covering approximately 20 miles. The eagle’s tracking device sent its most-recent transmission on October 3; on that day, the solar-powered battery’s level was reported to be sufficient, meaning the eagle may currently be in an area with poor satellite reception.

October 14: Showing much more movement during this past week, Bald Eagle KG09 flew over some new locations while crossing into Middlesex County, VA. Beginning near the Dragonville area landfill, KG09 traveled approximately 40 miles on a path that crossed the majority of the peninsula the eagle has called home since June of this year.

October 21: Bald Eagle KG09 continues to fly in a nearly circular pattern throughout the week, and is covering greater distances with each pass. During the last seven days the eagle traveled nearly 55 miles throughout three counties, yet remains over dry land between the Rappahannock and York Rivers – a peninsula just 15 miles wide.

October 27: Flying a little less than 115 miles during the past seven days, Bald Eagle KG09’s last known position places him near Little Plymouth, VA. The eagle spent most of this week traveling in a southerly direction from the Rappahannock River toward the York River, stopping by the Dragonville landfill along the way. Closer inspection of the eagle’s flight path revealed that the bird has a tendency to follow the direction and curvature of streams and creeks when traveling – a large number of which are present throughout the low-lying peninsula.

November 4: During the past week Bald Eagle KG09 traveled approximately 75 miles throughout agricultural areas, tidal creeks, and patches of maritime forests. Based on similar flight patterns and locations compared to previous weeks, it’s possible that KG09 is continuously patrolling a claimed territory. Released as an immature eagle at two and a half years of age -- exactly one year ago today – it stands to reason that KG09 may be reaching sexual maturity; it’s thought that Bald Eagles in the wild are not overly territorial until they begin to nest and breed as a mated pair. While most eagles won’t reach this stage until their fifth year, the Center for Conservation Biology has reported eagles breeding as young as three years of age.

November 11: Covering less ground compared to previous weeks, Bald Eagle KG09 has remained within an approximately eight-mile radius during the last seven days. Closer inspection of the eagle’s flight paths reveals a sizeable amount of time spent directly following the U.S. Route 17 corridor. Interestingly, for the first time in 17 consecutive updates, KG09 did not visit the Dragonville landfill this week.

November 28: Similar to recent updates, Bald Eagle KG09 spent a significant amount of time near residential areas throughout this 13-mile wide peninsula. While a number of tidal creeks and marsh-like areas can be seen from the satellite imagery, KG09 seems to prefer dry land. The eagle’s flight paths cover a mixed terrain, crossing over both undeveloped forests and paved highway corridors. KG09’s most recent transmission places him directly overhead the Dragonville landfill at an altitude of 72 meters – approximately 236 feet.

December 9: During the past week, Bald Eagle KG09 has traveled about 10 miles from his last known position. Similar to previous updates, KG09 can be seen following the curvature of the U.S. Route 17 corridor during flight; Bald Eagles are known scavengers, and it’s possible that KG09 is finding a somewhat reliable food-source in areas where smaller animals may be regularly hit and killed by moving vehicles. His most recent transmission places him about a mile away from the town of Center Cross, Virginia – slightly farther north than where this eagle has been recently observed.

December 16: Bald Eagle KG09 made some unusual movements this week! Starting near the town of Center Cross, Virginia, he made a 32-mile journey upriver into Essex County. After circling the area for about two days, KG09 crossed over the Rappahannock River for the first time in roughly ten months.

December 28: After a short visit to the northern shore of the Rappahannock River, Bald Eagle KG09 is back in familiar territory. In total, the eagle flew about 18 miles to his last known position near Dunbrooke, VA.

March 1: Bald Eagle KG09 continues to patrol a familiar peninsula on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. During the past week, however, he flew a little further north than what has been recently observed. Starting near the town of West Point, he traveled about 25 miles along the Rappahannock River. After crossing over the one-mile-wide river to Mulberry Island, he immediately returned to the southern shoreline and flew about 30 miles to his last-known location at the Dragonville landfill.

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