Where was He: KG09 Archives 2017

2017

January 6: During the past week, Bald Eagle KG09 continued to spend time near the tidal creeks and marshes that feed the Rappahannock River throughout northern Essex County, Virginia. The eagle flew about 13 miles from the town of Dunbrooke to Paynes Island before doubling back to its last known position, a forested area near Indian Neck.

January 13: In a roundtrip that totaled about 26 miles, Bald Eagle KG09 traveled southeast from Essex County to King and Queen Court House and back during the past week. The eagle’s point of return happened to be directly overhead the historic courthouse built in 1750 along the Mattaponi River, from which the town’s namesake originates.

February 6: Bald Eagle KG09 has remained on the small peninsula during the two weeks since his last update. Displaying similar movement patterns compared to previous updates, KG09 has been patrolling the 27-mile stretch of land with somewhat regularity since early December of last year.

February 14: During the past week, Bald Eagle KG09 has continued his recently-observed behavior of patrolling the shorelines and delta plains of the Mattaponi River. After spending most of the week at the Dragonville Landfill, the eagle flew about 10 miles south in a single day to the town of Elsom, Virginia. On the return trip, KG09 made a sharp left-turn to the west and flew for roughly 15 miles -- crossing over the Mattaponi twice -- before checking-in at his current location.

February 21: Remaining farther inland in comparison to previous weeks, Bald Eagle KG09 spent the past seven days near familiar territory on the northern shore of the Mattaponi River. After flying about 25 miles through rural farmland -- and making a visit to the Dragonville landfill along the way -- his GPS tracker places him just north of Elsom, Virginia.

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.

March 15: Completing his now-familiar circuit yet again during the past two weeks, Bald Eagle KG09 flew in a roughly circular path encompassing about 30 miles of wetlands, agricultural areas, and tidal creeks. Similarly to his last update, he can be seen exploring both Mulberry and Paynes Island from the northern shore of the Rappahannock River – areas that are slightly further north compared to where he’s usually seen.

March 28: It's business as usual for Bald Eagle KG09; during the past week, he spent most of his time near the town of Tappahannock while traversing the nearby Rappahannock River on several occasions.

April 4: Although Bald Eagle KG09’s GPS tracker hasn’t sent any new transmissions in five days, we can see where he’s been earlier in the week. On March 30, his tracking unit placed him about three miles away from the Dragonville landfill, moving northward over a large patch of forested land. Fortunately, a few days of missing transmissions isn’t unusual; the Bald Eagles we track occasionally move into areas with poor satellite reception, and signal strength sometimes depends on the charge of the unit’s solar-powered battery. We’ll keep a close eye on KG09 during the coming weeks for updates and new data.

April 11: Bald Eagle KG09’s GPS tracker seems to have resumed functioning normally, and has transmitted a full week’s worth of data during the time since his last update. KG09 can be seen patrolling the familiar areas on the northern shoreline of the Rappahannock River, and also making a trip further inland than what’s usually observed – about 14 miles north of King and Queen Court House. In total, the eagle covered approximately 50 miles during the past seven days.

April 19: Bald Eagle KG09 can be seen patrolling his usual areas during the past week, visiting the Dragonville Landfill on several occasions. The eagle flew a shorter distance throughout the week compared to previous updates, remaining in an area roughly 12 miles in diameter.

April 26: During the past week, Bald Eagle KG09 made a number of trips to and from the Dragonville landfill. The eagle can also be seen making four separate visits to a poultry farm slightly north of Marlfield, about five miles south of his most-recently known location.

May 2: After spending a majority of the previous week in and around the Dragonville landfill, Bald Eagle KG09 flew approximately seven miles south to a large agricultural field. That same day, he traveled about 13 miles north to his most recently known location near Cologne, Virginia.

May 9: It’s been business as usual for Bald Eagle KG09 during the past week; he spent around three days near the Dragonville landfill before heading southward. His most-recent location is approximately three miles inland from the York River.

May 16: Bald Eagle KG09 spent a portion of the past week near the town of Shacklefords, Virginia before flying north to the Dragonville landfill. After spending around four days in the area, he began to move northward toward the Potomac River. His most-recent location is approximately five miles away from Belle Isle State Park – the site of several recent Wildlife Center Bald Eagle releases, including BI20 and BI78.

May 23: Remaining in an area slightly larger than seven miles in diameter during the past week, Bald Eagle KG09 flew southward from the town of Laneview to the familiar Dragonville landfill. The landfill is likely a reliable source of food for KG09, where he’s regularly visited throughout the past five consecutive weeks.

June 1: Bald Eagle KG09 has been fairly active during the past nine days, and can be seen moving southward from the Dragonville Landfill along the York River for approximately 26 miles. Arriving near Purtan Island on May 30, KG09 turned north and flew for seven miles before reaching his most-recently known location.

June 7: Bald Eagle KG09 has remained nearby the Dragonville Landfill during the majority of the past week. After flying past the town of Adner to a small creek, KG09 returned to the landfill for approximately three days. The eagle can be seen flying in a south-westerly direction near Plain View to its most-recently known location.

June 15: Bald Eagle KG09 can be seen making some familiar flight patterns throughout the past week and visiting the Dragonville landfill multiple times. According to the eagle’s tracking data, he spent the greatest amount of time near the town of Marlfield.

June 22: While travelling to the Dragonville landfill earlier this week, Bald Eagle KG09 can be seen flying over the extensive network of tidal creeks and waterways near the town of Plain View. His last known location is approximately five miles inland from the Rappahannock River.

June 30: KG09 spent most of the past week near the Dragonville landfill, which is located approximately seven miles inland from the Mattaponi River. Aside from flying over a number of agricultural fields, he seems to have spent around two days on the outskirts of what appears to be a poultry farm to the southwest of the Woods Crossroads area.

July 7: Bald Eagle KG09 remained in familiar territory throughout the past week, and routinely visited areas where he can be seen during previous updates. In total, he flew approximately 30 miles during the past seven days.

July 18: During the past week, Bald Eagle KG09 travelled through rural agricultural areas, tidal creeks that drain into the Rappahannock River, and the familiar Dragonville landfill in what seems to have become his regular patrol. His last-known position is about one mile south of Purtan Island.

July 25: Bald Eagle KG09 spent most of his time in his usual territory during the past week. His general flight patterns seem to follow the many small creeks that drain into the Rappahannock River and span the entirety of the 15-mile wide peninsula.

August 7: Bald Eagle KG09 visited the Dragonville landfill about a dozen times during the past few weeks. From the landfill’s location nearly seven miles inland from the Rappahannock River, he can be seen making several visits to the Purtan Bay. The one-mile wide cove is situated to the southeast of Purtan Island, and is bordered by tidal creeks and agricultural fields. His southernmost location seems to be directly overhead a privately-owned dock on the river’s shoreline.

August 15: Bald Eagle KG09 flew in a roughly circular pattern during the past week, and can be seen making several returns to the Dragonville landfill along the way. In total, he traveled approximately 30 miles.

August 23: Starting near the town of Plain View, KG09 flew a little more than six miles to the bank of the Rappahannock. After turning north, he gradually made his way to his last known location near the center of this familiar 15-mile wide peninsula.

August 31: During the past week KG09 flew a little further inland compared to what we’ve seen in recent updates. From the Shacklefords area he traveled approximately 20 miles northwest, stopped in at King and Queen Court House for about two days, and then backtracked to his most-recent location near Little Plymouth. 

September 7: During the past week KG09 has shown some unusual travel patterns, and flew further than what has been observed throughout recent updates – about 70 miles! After moving northwest up the peninsula, KG09 cut east and crossed the four-mile wide section of the Ingram Bay. Currently, KG09 is about 20 miles south of the Virginia-Maryland boarder. During the past week KG09 has shown some unusual travel patterns, and flew further than what has been observed throughout recent updates – about 70 miles! After moving northwest up the peninsula, KG09 cut east and crossed the four-mile wide section of the Ingram Bay. Currently, KG09 is about 20 miles south of the Virginia-Maryland boarder.

September 21: After spending a few days near the Maryland border, KG09 made the long flight back to his familiar territory. Along the way he stopped in near the town of Lancaster, Virginia before crossing a six mile-wide stretch of the Rappahannock River. During the time since his last update, KG09 has covered an area roughly 50 miles in diameter. 

 

October 12: Bald Eagle KG09 can be seen making his usual rounds near the Chesapeake Bay during the past few weeks. In total, the area he's traveled is about 12 miles in diameter. His most-recently know position is at the Dragonville landfill. 

October 19: During the past seven days, KG09 has been steadily flying in a southeasterly direction while remaining parallel to the James River for about 35 miles.  His most-recently known location is about ten miles north of Williamsburg, Virginia.

 

October 27: No surprises from Bald Eagle KG09 during the past week; he can be seen meandering throughout Gloucester County, Virginia at a steady pace while gradually moving northward – a total distance of about 30 miles.

 

 

November 3: Tomorrow, November 4, will mark KG09’s second-year anniversary of being released from the Wildlife Center! Looking back on his weekly updates gives us a unique perspective on the distances Bald Eagles travel seasonally throughout Virginia. The verdict: not very far, at least for this bird! While some eagles migrate to southern locations during winter months, KG09 seems to have taken up permanent residence on the Rappahannock River near the Chesapeake Bay. It’s possible that because the brackish and salt-water rivers and creeks in this area don’t normally freeze over during winter, KG09 is able to find sufficient sources of food year-round. As luck would have it, a private citizen in Gloucester County – KG09’s last-known location – spotted him in the wild and shared the photo below with us on November 1. Based on his physical appearance in this photo, and considering KG09’s regular GPS check-ins, he seems to have become a healthy and successful wild eagle during the past two years.  

 

 

 

November 21: KG09 has spent the past few weeks moving throughout his usual territory, but has flown a bit further compared to his recent updates. From Gloucester County, he traveled about 45 miles northwest to his most-recently known location near Dunbrooke, Virginia – approximately three miles from the Rappahannock River.   

 

 

November 29: KG09 spent the past week in a significantly smaller area – just about five miles in diameter – compared to his previous updates. After briefly visiting the southern shore of the Rappahannock River near Caret, Virginia, he flew south to his most recently-known location above what appears to be an agricultural area.

 

 

December 7: It’s been another week of relatively little flying for KG09 – he spent the past eight days moving throughout Essex County, Virginia in an area about five miles in diameter.

 

 

December 15: KG09 may be coping with the colder temperatures we’ve been experiencing across the state during the past few weeks by remaining in a smaller area to conserve energy. He can be seen visiting the Rappahannock River before returning to his most recently known location near the town of Tappahannock.