Where was He: KG09 Archives 2019

2019

January 8: KG09 continues to patrol the familiar peninsula on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the new year, and hasn’t moved far from where he’s usually seen. After making a number of visits to the Dragonville landfill, he flew about eight miles south, crossing the Mattaponi River and visiting the outskirts of Port Richmond in King William County.

January 17: KG09 hasn’t flown far from where he was seen during last week’s update. After moving about eight miles north from the Glass Island area, he spent the remainder of the past week in and around the Dragonville landfill.

January 29: After a brief lapse in his transmitter’s connectivity, KG09 checked in several times during the past week and a half. From the Newland, VA area, KG09 crossed the Rappahannock River and flew about 40 miles southeast. His most-recent location appears to be within the Waste Management Middle Peninsula Landfill near Petsworth, VA.

February 5: No surprises from Bald Eagle KG09 during the past week; he flew about 12 miles from Owl Trap toward Glass Island before turning north, covering another seven miles and arriving at the Dragonville landfill.

February 12: From the King and Queen Courthouse area, KG09 flew about 30 miles northwest early on during the past week. Reaching the Rappahannock River near Caret, he appears to currently be moving south into King and Queen County once more.

February 19: Yet again, KG09 can be seen flying in a roughly circular pattern during the past week. He appears to have spent a few days exploring Lukes Island and Paynes Island, circling back several times and crossing the Rappahannock River twice. His most-recent location is about two miles northwest of the Stevensville area.

February 27: KG09 spent most of the past week flying throughout Gloucester County, periodically returning to a waste management facility near Owl Trap. He briefly visited what appears to be a sand and gravel quarry located about one and a half miles west from the town of Ark, identifiable on this satellite image by the bright blue wastewater retaining pool.

March 12: KG09 has been moving in his predictable pattern during the past week, visiting familiar landmarks in both Gloucester and King and Queen County. His most recent locations appears to be over a rural agricultural area.  

March 22: KG09 has flown about 35 miles during the past week and a half. After several back-and-forth trips between Mascot and Boardley in King and Queen County, he began moving north. It appears that KG09 is following the twists and turns of Dragon Swamp, a 36-mile-long freshwater stream that flows through the area and designates the county border.

April 10: Warmer temperatures throughout Virginia haven’t seemed to affect KG09’s movements during the past few weeks. He can be seen flying a roughly 30 mile circuit through Gloucester and King and Queen Counties, and appears to have spent the past few days in close proximity to a waste management facility near Owl Trap.

April 23: KG09’s tracking device has transmitting some interesting data during the past week. As expected, he spent a majority of his time in Gloucester County near Owl Trap; suddenly, on April 17 the tracking device placed him nearly 100 miles directly north in an area 11 miles east of Washington D.C. The very next transmission received placed him back in Gloucester County. It’s likely that this data isn’t entirely accurate, especially considering that this apparent flight path would have been a virtually straight line, unlike the meandering direction of travel usually seen from KG09. We’ll keep a close eye on KG09 during the coming weeks!

May 2: KG09 hasn’t roamed far during the past week; he spent most of the past eight days at the Owl Trap landfill, remaining in an area less than two miles in diameter.

May 13: Similarly to his previous update, KG09 hasn’t flown far from the Owl Trap landfill recently. While he can be seen crisscrossing the area several times per day, he appears to stray no farther than two miles in any direction from the landfill before heading back.

May 30: KG09 appears to have spent the entirety of the past week in and around the Owl Trap landfill, remaining within an area about four miles in diameter. His last known location looks to be directly overhead a small branch of the York River.

June 10: KG09 hasn’t flown far from the Owl Trap landfill during the past week. He spent most of his time crisscrossing half mile-wide facility, but can be seen making several out-and-back trips to a residential area near Pampa, and what appears to be an agricultural field. He also flew along U.S. Route 17 for about half of a mile before deviating east once more.

June 24: A few of the Bald Eagles tracked by the Wildlife Center are known to consistently relocate during the summer months, but KG09 doesn’t show any signs of leaving Gloucester County anytime soon. He spent the past week and a half in and around the Owl Trap landfill, venturing no further than two miles away in any direction before turning back.

July 3: As expected, KG09 spent nearly all of the past week in and around the Owl Trap landfill located in Gloucester County.

July 11: No surprises from Bald Eagle KG09 this week; he spent the past seven days patrolling the Owl Trap landfill area once again. Based on the lines of travel seen, it appears that KG09 may prefer spending time in open and non-forested areas.

July 25: KG09’s tracking device has transmitting some interesting data during the past few weeks. As expected, he spent a majority of his time in Gloucester County near Owl Trap; mid-week, though, the tracking device placed him about 20 miles east near Beaverlett. The very next transmission received placed him back in Gloucester County. It’s likely that this data isn’t entirely accurate, especially considering that this apparent flight path would have been a virtually straight line, unlike the meandering direction of travel usually seen from KG09. This phenomena has been observed with KG09’s transmitter in the past, so we’ll keep a close watch on future data reports.

August 26: KG09 has spent the past few weeks flying throughout much of his regularly-visited areas, and can bee seen spending time near the shoreline of the York River recently. After flying about 11 miles north, he's back in the area of the Owl Trap landfill. 

September 5: As expected, KG09 has spent the past week and a half near the Owl Trap landfill. He made a number of visits out-and-back to what appear to be agricultural fields, flying throughout an area approximately eight miles in diameter.

September 16: Once again, KG09 can be seen flying overhead the Owl Trap landfill throughout the past week. KG09’s archived updates show that he first visited the area in February 2016; unlike some of the other eagles the Center is currently tracking, KG09 hasn’t had a history of  relocating during the winter months.  

September 27: During the past few weeks KG09 remained near the Owl Trap landfill, flying across the half mile-wide property multiple times each day. He can be seen exploring the Shacklefords Fork area a few times, and seems to have spent a short amount of time overhead a small residential development before returning to Owl Trap.

October 7: No surprises from Bald Eagle KG09 during the past week and a half -- he spent most of his time near the Owl Trap landfill, making occasional visits to nearby agricultural areas; overall he remained within an area of about two miles in diameter.

October 31: KG09 is spending the last days of October near the Owl Trap landfill, following his usual flight patterns throughout the small area.

November 22: KG09 has spent the past few weeks near his familiar territory at the Owl Trap landfill, moving regularly throughout the small area each day. He made a short 11-mile trip north to the Dragonville landfill --  easily recognizable on the satellite imagery due to the lack of vegetation -- but quickly returned to Owl Trap on the same day.

December 9: KG09 hasn’t roamed far during the past week and a half; he spent most of his time at the Owl Trap landfill, but can be seen flying 11 miles north to Coldwater, Virginia on December 5. He didn’t spend much time away from Owl Trap, and returned to his familiar territory on the same day.  

January 8: KG09 brought in the New Year by spending time near the Owl Trap landfill and the surrounding rural areas. Although he doesn’t seem to travel far from this familiar spot, his GPS tracking unit shows that he’s flying regular patrols around the area each day.