January 4: NX checked in after a nine-day hiatus -- she continues to fly around the Machodoc Creek in King George County. The missed check-ins are likely due to a lack of cell coverage in some of her area. Some data points are missing, which can occur if NX's solar-charged GPS transmitter loses its charge for a period of time.
January 6: On her latest check-in, Bald Eagle NX was just about 3/4 mile south of the Machodoc Creek. It appears as though she flew about a mile south, near the Ninde post office, and then a quarter-mile north again to a small lake.
January 8: Between January 6 and 8, Bald Eagle NX flew two miles south before flying about 1.5 miles east and 1.2 miles north again. At her January 8 check-in, she was near a small pond near the border of King George County. This area is about three miles west of one of her old favorite hang-outs, Rosier Creek.
January 11: After her last check-in, NX flew north to the Wood Island area on January 9, and then flew west the following day, back to some of her "usual" spots on the Upper Machodoc Creek.
January 22: Bald Eagle NX went another 11 days between check-ins this month. NX checked in today just southwest of her Machodoc Creek hang-out; she's currently about a mile and a half east of the King George County Circuit Court.
January 27: NX checked in over the weekend and revealed that over the past few days, she's worked her way slightly south. NX is now near the Rappahannock River, just across the river from Port Royal. This spot is near Woodlawn Historic & Archeological District and is less than three miles west of Land's End Wildlife Management Area, where the Wildlife Center released a Bald Eagle in December 2012.
February 2: NX checked in on February 2 and was once again in one of her favorite hangout spots -- the Machodoc Creek in King George County. This area is about 9.5 miles north of where she was on January 27. It appears as though some data is missing from NX's transmitter, which likely means the battery ran out before it had a chance to recharge.
A zoomed-out view of where NX is in Virginia:
February 7: In the past five days, NX away from the river, heading southwest. She's about a mile-and-a-half away from her February 2 check-in point.
February 10: Bald Eagle NX checked in over the weekend; it appears as though she spent some time flying the length of Poplar Neck Creek. On her February 10 check-in, NX was hanging out on a small body of water just south of the Machodoc Creek. According to HookandBullet.com, Poplar Neck Creek contains "a variety of fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill".
February 13: During the past three days, NX has flown in a large circle, but as of today, has returned to her hang-out area on the Machodoc Creek.
February 17: February 16 marked NX's nine-month release anniversary. So what did she do for the day? Explored new territory! NX traveled about six miles south of her February 13 check-in to Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County. She hasn't been on this particular waterway yet. According to HookandBullet.com, Mattox Creek is full of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill and is quite a popular place to fish, boat, and swim. Mattox Creek is about three miles from Colonial Beach, Virginia, and is almost 14 miles long.
Here's a look at NX's travels over the past nine months:
February 20: After exploring Mattox Creek, Bald Eagle NX flew south, into Richmond County. At her February 20 check-in, she was just 3.5 miles north of where she was released in May 2012 [the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge].
February 25: Over the past few days, NX flew across the Rappahannock River to Payne's Island. NX is within three miles of her 2012 release location.
March 4: Over the past week, NX has been flying around the Rappahannock River. She flew to the east side of the river at at one point, was within a half-mile of her 2012 release location. She then flew north again along the river. The Center will be releasing a Bald Eagle at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, March 8 -- perhaps release attendees should bring binoculars just in case NX visits again!
March 10: Over the past week, Bald Eagle NX has been flying across the Rappahannock River -- where Essex, Westmoreland, and Richmond Counties meet.
March 12: NX continues to explore the Rappahannock River. Sometime during the past two days she flew about 3.8 miles north into Westmoreland County, and then returned to a spot right beside the river.
March 14: Still flying around the banks of the Rappahannock!
March 20: NX is still hanging out around the Rappahannock River, traveling only a short distance since her last check-in on March 14.
March 24: On the March 24 check-in, NX revealed that she's flown east into Westmoreland County. NX appears to be exploring Nomini Creek.
March 27: NX checked in today; she's still exploring the Nomini Creek area in Westmoreland County.
March 29: Over the past two days, Bald Eagle NX has flown inland. At today's check-in, she was about 2.1 miles northwest of her recent hangout area on Nomini Creek.
March 31: Bald Eagle NX checked in on Easter Sunday -- and revealed that she was about 24 miles northwest of her last check-in date two days ago! NX is now on the Upper Machodoc Creek [an area she visited in November 2012].
April 2: Bald Eagle NX has stayed on the Upper Machodoc Creek within the past two days, and has crossed over the creek in some of her daily explorations.
April 4: NX is on the move! In the past two days, Bald Eagle NX has flown about 29 miles northwest -- into Stafford County. This marks a new county on NX's travel map; she has not been in this area before. She checked in today just 4.5 miles northeast of Stafford and is less than a mile west of Brent Marsh along the Potomac River.
April 6: Bald Eagle NX is still in Stafford County, on the banks of the Potomac River.
April 8: NX is still exploring the banks of the Potomac River in Stafford County. She is just south of Tank Creek. According to Google Earth, it looks like she's been flying over someone's house!
April 9: NX checked in on April 9 -- a shorter check-in cycle than the typical 48 hour "data dump." We're not quite sure why that happened, but NX's April 9 check-in point was just a short distance from her April 8 check-in point, but according to the tracking, she definitely explored a lot in the 24 hours between check-ins!
April 11: Still on the banks of the Potomac River!
April 13: Between April 11 and April 13, Bald Eagle NX took ~17 mile round-trip into Prince William County. At her April 13 check-in, she was back in Stafford County, about 0.8 miles west of the Potomac River.
NX in the news: Rescued Eagle has Landed in Stafford, The Free Lance-Star
April 20: Bald Eagle was out of cell-phone range during her "anniversary" week -- April 16 marked 11 months since NX's 2012 release. Since her last check-in, NX flew south and is now on Aquia Creek, just west of Widewater State Park.
April 23: NX checked in today; she's still exploring Aquia Creek and has moved toward Widewater State Park.
April 30: NX checked in after a week of no reports, and revealed that she's been in the same area -- exploring Aquia Creek.
May 2: Bald Eagle NX is still flying around Aquia Creek!
May 9: During the past week, NX has been continuing to explore Aquia Creek. At today's check-in, she was in a stand of trees near several houses on the south side of the creek.
May 13: Bald Eagle NX continues to fly around the north shore Aquia Creek. She's spent time near Boar's Creek, which is a small stream off of Aquia Harbour.
May 16: Happy anniversary, NX! Today marks the one-year anniversary since NX's release at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. We've been able to watch her actions throughout this past year -- and it's clear that she is doing just fine and is acting just like an eagle should! During the past year, NX has explored five different counties: Richmond, Westmoreland, Essex, King George, and Stafford. She typically stays close to the water -- the Rappahannock River or Potomac, or some small creek/inlet from those larger bodies of water.
At today's check-in, NX is on the banks of the Potomac, near Brent Marsh. She is about 38 miles northwest of her May 2012 release location. The Northern Neck of Virginia is great eagle habitat -- plenty of space, and plenty of food.
One-year Review: [note, lines to the east of the May 2012 release location are from NX's time in the wild from August to December 2011]
May 23: During the past week, NX has flown around on the banks of the Potomac River. She's covered a three-mile stretch and seems to prefer roosting in a stand of trees near someone's house!
May 26: During the past three days, Bald Eagle NX continued to fly along the banks of the Potomac. She's now a little more than a half-mile north of her May 23 check-in.
May 29: NX is still flying around the banks of the Potomac River. She's a little more than a mile south of Quantico, a large U.S. Marine Corps base.
June 2: During the past few days, Bald Eagle NX visited the southern end of Quantico. At her June 2 check-in, she had traveled south again and is still on the banks of the Potomac River.
June 9: NX is still in the same area -- she's been hanging out just south of Quantico for the past few weeks.
June 15: After a six-day hiatus, Bald Eagle NX checked in, revealing that she's continued to explore the banks of the Potomac River just south of Quantico. Her June 15 check-in point was just north of Tank Creek.
June 19: NX moved about a mile to the south, but is still in the same general area!
June 24: Same area!
June 28: Bald Eagle NX continues to explore the banks of the Potomac River just south of Quantico.
July 2: Bald Eagle NX continues to fly around the same area. Here's a zoomed-out view of her current location.
July 8: NX checked in on both July 6 and July 8 -- she's still exploring the same mile-stretch on the Potomac River. At her exact moment of check-in today, she was 0.02 miles off the coast -- flying over the Potomac.
July 11: Same area!
July 17: Bald Eagle NX continues to remain in the same area -- along the Potomac River, just south of Quantico. NX has been in this area since early April 2013.
July 19: NX is within 0.02 miles of her July 17 check-in location, though she has covered a stretch of about a mile along the Potomac.
July 24: In the six days since Bald Eagle NX's last check-in, she's flown quite a bit -- but at check-in time, was right around her last check-in spot [along the Potomac River, just south of Quantico, Virginia]. Perhaps this is a favorite roosting tree!
July 31: NX checked in on July 29 and July 31 -- still just south of Quantico, Virginia, on the Potomac River. It appears as though NX explores her territory along the river banks, but tends to return frequently to one particular area.
August 9: After a nine-day hiatus, Bald Eagle NX checked in today. She's still in "her" spot just south of Quantico!
NX has been wearing her GPS "backpack" for two years now; we do expect the battery to run out very soon.
August 12: Still just south of Quantico in Stafford County, Virginia!
August 16: Bald Eagle NX continues to fly around the banks of the Potomac River, south of Quantico.
August 20: At the moment of today's check-in, Bald Eagle NX was flying over the Potomac River. She was 1/2 mile off-shore, and was flying at an altitude of about 1,200 feet. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, when flying at 1,000 feet, Bald Eagles can spot prey across almost three square miles.
August 22: NX has been flying over the Potomac River more often in the past few days. At this location, the Potomac River is about two to three miles wide. At today's check in, NX was back on the western bank of the river (in Virginia), though it looks as though she flew about two miles from shore in the past two days.
August 25: Another check-in, same general area!
August 28: No big adventures over the Potomac River in the past few days, but Bald Eagle NX has been flying up and down the banks of the river.
September 2: Bald Eagle NX continues to remain in Stafford County, Virginia. After her August 28 check-in, she flew about two miles south, but then turned around and returned to one of her favored spots closer to Quantico.
September 5: Bald Eagle NX is on the move! NX has been in the Stafford County area, just south of Quantico, since April 2013. In the past three days, she made a nine-mile journey. NX flew east over the Potomac River and continued flying over Charles County, Maryland. She crossed the Potomac River again and landed in King George County at Caledon State Park. [Wildlife Center friends will remember past Bald Eagle releases at Caledon – a release of a juvenile eagle in 2009 and the release of a 28-year-old Bald Eagle in 2005.] It appears as though NX has remained along the Potomac River at Caledeon, just west of Jones Pond.
September 7: NX is on the move again! Bald Eagle NX left Caledon Natural Area and flew southeast again, about 9.5 more miles, into Westmoreland County. At her September 7 check-in location, she was just on the county border and was back at an old familiar hang-out -- Rosier Creek! NX spent a good bit of time at this hangout in September and October of 2012. Hookandbullet.com says that, "Rosier Creek is a stream located just 2.5 miles from Colonial Beach, in Westmoreland County, in the state of Virginia, United States, near Potomac Beach, VA. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including white perch and others here. Whether you’re fly fishing or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good."
September 9: Bald Eagle NX stayed in the Rosier Creek area in the past two days. She appears to be exploring the mouth of the creek, where it empties into the Potomac River.
September 15: During the past week, Bald Eagle NX has stayed right along Rosier Creek.
September 18: NX remains at Rosier Creek, though has moved slightly to the west, away from the mouth of the creek. She continues to fly over the water and explore the area.
September 16 marked the 16-month anniversary of NX's May 2012 release. Here's a glimpse of what she's been up to over the past 16 months! [Note: straight line on the left of her travel area is not a track]
September 20: Within the past two days, Bald Eagle NX flew about three miles southwest -- to a small lake at the border of Westmoreland County.
September 22: Bald Eagle NX is still hanging around Rosier Creek -- exploring the length of the stream.
September 24: In the past two days, NX departed from Rosier Creek area and headed south. She traveled a 13.2 mile path and is now currently near Oak Grove, Virginia -- or, at least she was at her moment of check-in on September 24. At that time, NX was in the air, cruising at 272 feet. Where will she check in next? Tune in September 26 to see if she gives a report! Oak Grove is about 12.5 miles northwest of NX's May 2012 release location.
September 26: Right after her moment of check-in on September 24, NX turned north and headed right back to Rosier Creek -- about an eight-mile journey! Once again, she's exploring the part of the creek that empties into the Potomac River.
September 28: Bald Eagle NX continues to hang out on Rosier Creek. At her September 28 check-in, she was near a dock on the creek.
September 30: On September 29 and 30, NX continued to explore Rosier Creek.
October 7: In the past week, Bald Eagle NX flew about 3.6 miles south again to the small lake near the western border of Westmoreland County. She then headed north again, back to Rosier Creek.
A close-up view of NX's October 5 location:
October 16: NX checked in today on the Upper Machodoc Creek -- a familiar spot for her. NX first explored the creek in October 2012 -- just about this time last year! This is about 2.8 miles north of Rosier Creek.
October 21: Bald Eagle NX checked in today and Saturday, October 19. She remains in King George County. On October 19, NX visited Poplar Neck Creek -- a small stream that feeds into the Upper Machodoc Creek.
NX then flew east, and is currently in a stand of trees just south of Black Marsh.
October 23: On NX's October 23 check-in, she was flying at 78.7 feet over the Westmoreland County border. Where will she check in next?
October 25: Back at Rosier Creek!
October 27: In the past two days, NX flew back to the Poplar Neck Creek area.
October 30: At Bald Eagle NX's last check-in, she was about two miles west of where she was on October 28. She flew over the James Madison Parkway in King George County.
November 5: It looks as though some data points are missing between the October 30 and November 5 check-in, but we do know that on November 5, NX was back on the Upper Machodoc Creek.
November 7: Bald Eagle NX remains along the Upper Machodoc Creek, just a couple of miles north of her check-in spot two days ago.
November 14: Where has NX been? Over the past week, it looks like NX's transmitter lost some data points -- likely it was not charged and recording her movements. But, she checked in today -- and is still in the same general area, flying around the Upper Machodoc Creek. Today she is hanging out near a small pond just south of the creek.
November 24: Over the past 10 days, NX has been flying around King George County, continuing to remain around the Upper Machodoc Creek. While it's been a couple of months since NX was at Quantico [June-September], a recent article about this excellent eagle habitat was recently published on the Marine Corps website.
November 26: Another check-in from NX!
December 14: After two weeks of silence, Bald Eagle NX checked in! Because NX's GPS "backpack" battery was due to wear out this past summer, we didn't really expect an additional check-in. The latest data shows that NX is currently just a little more than two miles from her May 2012 release spot at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. At Saturday's check-in, she was in Essex County, just over the Rappahannock River from the refuge.
December 25: Guess who checked in on Christmas? Bald Eagle NX is at the edge of a field on the border of Caroline and Essex Counties. This spot is just about 14 miles west of her December 14 check-in.
December 28: Bald Eagle NX checked in again after Christmas! She's been on the move and has flown about 15 miles north, back to King George County.