Where Was She? 2017 Tracking Archives for MN18

August 2017

August 19: About three hours after release, both MN18 and MN72 checked in! You can see the path the Wildlife Center van took to get to Mason Neck State Park; there is a pin on the map at the visitor's center where the eaglets were released. Three hours after freedom, MN72 had flown about a mile down the bank of the river, while MN18 headed about one mile south of the release site.

August 22: MN18 has been exploring the Mason Neck peninsula since her Saturday release. She's a little more than a mile from her Saturday afternoon location, and is still a little more than a mile from the visitor's center, where she was released, but has clearly been exploring the banks of the Potomac River and Occoquon Bay.

August 25: During the past three days, MN18 has covered quite a bit of the peninsula coastline; this peninsula hosts both Mason Neck State Park and the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. At today's check-in, the young eagle was on the State Park side of the peninsula, at Sandy Point.

August 28:  MN18 has been on the move during the past few days! On August 26, the young eagle flew south to Stafford County. Two days later, she flew west through Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Page, and Shenandoah Counties -- a path of nearly 130 miles! MN18 checked in during the evening and was near the town of Woodstock in Shenandoah County, about two miles from the West Virginia border. Where will she turn up next?

September 2017

September 1: Once again, MN18 is on the move! The young eagle spent a couple of days in the Shenandoah Valley this week, slowly working her way south from Shenandoah County. On August 30, she was within six miles of Harrisonburg, she then started flying north again along the Massanutten mountain range. On August 31, she flew over the mountains at Duncan Knob and continued flying east ... for about 60 miles! The eagle flew through Page, Rappahannock, and Culpeper Counties before she settled for the night at the border of Culpeper and Orange Counties. 

September 4: On September 3, MN18 continued her journey to the east; she flew about 40 miles in one day. This morning, she checked in from Accokeek Creek, which feeds into the Potomack Creek in Stafford County. This spot is about 20 miles south of Mason Neck State Park.

September 7: MN18 is close to her check-in location from earlier this week, but her tracking reveals that she's flown quite a bit! She's exploring the banks of the Potomac Creek, near the Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve.

September 9:  During the past two days, MN18 flew north ... and then south, for a total path of about 36 miles. At her latest check-in, she was on the border of King George and Caroline Counties.

September 22:  During the past two weeks, MN18 has been exploring King George County; the young eagle has explored a good bit of the county, including a stretch along the Potomac River. Most of the time, the bird has been returning to and hanging out around the King George County landfill. 

September 28: Bald Eagle MN18 continues to hang around the King George County landfill; the bird has been exploring the border between King George and Caroline Counties, but appears to visit the landfill regularly. 

October 2017

October 5: Bald Eagle MN18 spent another week in the same area of King George County; the bird has been making several trips to the landfill. A 2015 study confirmed that Bald Eagles in this region -- particularly hatch-year birds -- do frequent landfills to find food. 

October 11: MN18 is still in King George County; she's made several more visits to the landfill this week.

October 19: After spending almost another week flying around King George County, MN18 left the state! On October 17, the young eagle started flying north for a 15-mile trip. After quickly flying a loop around Potomac Creek, the eagle flew over the Potomac River to Maryland. 

October 26: MN18 spent the past week in Maryland, exploring the peninsula. The eagle has covered about 12 miles of riverbank along the Potomac River. 

November 2017

November 2: Bald Eagle MN18 is still in Maryland; exploring the peninsula along the bank of the Potomac River. Interestingly enough, MN72 -- the young eagle that was raised and released with MN18 -- is also hanging out in Maryland, less than a mile away!

November 8: MN18 headed back to Virginia on November 4, flying over a stretch of the Potomac River that is a little more than three miles wide. The eagle has since been hanging out in King George County, making several trips to the landfill.

November 14: Bald Eagle MN18 continues to hang out in King George County, and within the past week, has made several trips between the landfill and the Rappahannock River.  

November 29: MN18 has been on the move! The young eagle spent Thanksgiving Day in King George County, but the day after, went on a 30-mile trip in Stafford County, Virginia. The young bird was flying in the same area as eagle W20 was just the day before. After spending the night near the Potomac Creek, the eagle flew back into King George County and checked in today near the Rappahannock River.

December 6: Bald Eagle MN18 stuck around King George this past week, flying between the landfill and the Rappahannock River.

December 13: MN18 spent another week in King George; she seems to favor the landfill and power plant there. At today's check-in, she was hanging out on the banks of the Rappahannock River.

December 20: If MN18 stays in the same area, it looks like she'll spend the holidays at the landfill and power plant! Today's check-in once again found the young eagle near the Rappahannock River; the bird appears to make her rounds quite regularly in this area.