January 6: NX checked in again! It's now been two years and eight months since her May 2012 release. During the past week, NX flew about 21 miles southeast to Westmoreland County. She was last in this area in October 2014; this spot is about eight miles northeast of her May 2012 release location.
Just what would NX look like right now? At this point, she definitely has many white head feathers growing in. NX will be turning four years old in mid-March. We can only guess that she'd look similar to her big brother Buddy when he was that age:
Buddy at 3 years, 10 months
January 31: Bald Eagle NX is still checking in! During the past month, NX flew west to King George County, then back east into Westmoreland again. She's 2.4 miles north of Leedstown, on the Rappahannock River, and is about 10 miles northwest of her 2012 release site.
February 15: NX checked in again! During the past two weeks, NX flew back to the Essex/Richmond County border and is only about four miles northwest of her May 2012 release location. She checked-in from a spot at Beverly Marsh, along the Rappahannock River.
February 20: Two check-ins in one week! During the past five days, NX has been flying around a one-mile stretch of the Rappahannock River. Today, she's on the opposite side of the river from her Sunday location; she's now back in Richmond County.
February 23: Bald Eagle NX checked in again -- right along the same stretch of the Rappahannock River.
March 13: NX checked in on March 13 -- just two days before her four-year hatchday! It looks as though she's just been flying around the same small stretch of the Rappahannock River for the past couple of weeks; this spot is where Westmoreland, Essex, and Richmond Counties meet. The area is just a few miles north of her May 2012 release site.
March 20: Bald Eagle NX is still on the Rappahannock River, just about 3.5 miles from the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge [her 2012 release site].
March 25: During the past five days, NX flew across the river, and now is only about two miles from her May 2012 release location!
April 1: Bald Eagle NX checked in again! She continues to explore the Rappahannock River and on April 1, was near Sluice Creek. This spot is about two miles from her 2012 release location.
April 6: NX's last report reveals that she is now within a mile of her 2012 release site at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge!
April 12: During the last six days, NX flew approximately 13 miles southeast. Her latest check in point shows she is now exploring the area near Tidewater Dairy Farm.
April 17: Bald Eagle NX is now about 22 miles southwest of her May 2012 release location, on the border of Richmond and Lancaster Counties. She's currently on Lancaster Creek, and about 2.2 miles from Nuttsville.
Veterinary director Dr. Dave McRuer and outreach coordinator Raina once took a trip to Nuttsville:
April 22: NX continues to explore Lancaster Creek, near Balls Millpond and Chinns Pond.
April 27: Bald Eagle NX checked in on April 27 -- her four-year anniversary of admission to the Wildlife Center! Four years ago, NX and her siblings (NZ and NV) were admitted to the Center after their mother was hit and killed by an airplane. It's wonderful to see, four years later, that NX is doing well in the wild.
During the past few days, NX flew northwest again, and is currently just a mile away from her May 2012 release site at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
April 29: Bald Eagle NX remains on the move -- during the past two days, she's flown about 25 miles northwest, into King George County. She's within three miles of Caledon State Park.
May 6: During the past week, Bald Eagle NX continued on her journey north; she's now about three miles south of Quantico, along the Potomac River. The Quantico area is a familiar hang-out for NX, and is a popular spot for Bald Eagles.
May 20: Bald Eagle NX has been sticking close to Quantico for the past two weeks -- but about a week ago, she flew to the Maryland side of the Potomac River! NX is along the coast, and is currently directly across the river from Quantico [about 2.4 miles].
May 16 was NX's three-year release anniversary. It's hard to believe that it's already been three years since NX was released at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
May 27: NX is still in Maryland! She hasn't moved far in the past week, but continues to hang out on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Interestingly enough, NX is currently hanging out on Mallows Bay, which is known as a "ship graveyard". She was at this location exactly one year ago! In the Google Earth image below, you can see the "ghost ships".
May 31: Bald Eagle NX checked in on May 31, and remains near Mallows Bay—less than a half mile northeast from where she last checked in.
June 14: NX hasn't gone far in the past two weeks; she's still flying around Mallows Bay, on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.
June 23: Bald Eagle NX remains on the Maryland side of the Potomac River; in the past week, she's moved about 2.5 miles south. She's across the river from Widewater State Park.
July 11: NX is still in Maryland, on the banks of the Potomac River. For the past two weeks, she's explored Wades Bay, which is near Purse State Park. According to the Charles County website, "Purse is a wooded undeveloped area that is used for hunting, bird watching, shore fishing and fossil hunting."
August 2: Bald Eagle NX checked in after three weeks of silence; she's still on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Within the past three weeks, it appears as though she's stayed within a two miles stretch of river, visiting Mallows Bay, Wades Bay, and Blue Bay.
August 12: NX checked in again from the Maryland side of the Potomac River, and is sticking close to the southern portion of Mallows Bay.
August 18: NX is still near Mallows Bay in Maryland. At her August 18 check-in, she had moved inland to Mallows Creek. This is very close to a small neighborhood of Nanjemoy, Maryland.
August 25: Bald Eagle NX is back in Virginia! On the morning of August 22, NX left Mallows Bay and flew southeast to King George County, Virginia. At today's check in, she was back at an old familiar location -- Rosier Creek, which is on the border of King George and Westmoreland Counties. NX was last in this area in late August 2014.
August 29: NX checked in the day before her four-year release anniversary! It's incredible to think that NX has been in the wild for four years now, and we've been able to follow her travels. During the past few days, NX continued to hang out at Rosier Creek, within a half-mile of the Potomac River.
September 2: Bald Eagle NX is still exploring the Rosier Creek area.
September 16: Bald Eagle NX checked in again this week from Rosier Creek. She appears to be sticking to an area of about two miles square, and has passed over Wilkerson's Seafood Restaurant. At her check-in, she was flying over a boat dock.
This area is about eight miles northwest of George Washington Birthplace National Monument -- near where Bald Eagle #15-1348 will be released on September 21!
September 25: NX has remained at Rosier Creek during the past week.
October 7: Bald Eagle NX checked in again -- it's amazing how long her battery has lasted! NX left Rosier Creek in September and headed inland. She's now on the Rappahannock River in Essex County, and checked in at Marsh Point.
October 22: After spending a few days at Rosier Creek, NX flew about 3.5 miles to a small body of water right on the border of King George and Westmoreland Counties.
November 18: Bald Eagle NX spent the rest of October and the early part of November exploring King George County before flying south to Mulberry Island on November 14. Mulberry Island is within a few miles of NX's 2012 release location at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. After a few days, NX flew north again back to Westmoreland County. NX is currently near Pope's Creek, near the George Washington Birthplace National Monument.
November 25: NX checked in for Thanksgiving! Her latest data drop is missing a number of checkpoints, likely due to the age of her battery, but we can see where she was as of 11:00 a.m. this morning. Since last week's check-in, she's traveled northwest to King George County.
January 26: Just when you thought her batteries had died ... NX is back on the map! After 60 days of no check-ins from NX, we started to assume that her batteries had finally given out. We originally expected the transmitter batteries to last until the summer/fall of 2013 -- but they've lasted much longer. NX checked in again during the first week of February, although her last data point is from January 26. It's likely that we are missing some data given the age of the transmitter and battery. On her January 26 check-in, she was in Essex County on the Rappahannock River. This spot is about four miles from the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, where she was released in May 2012.
February 23: Bald Eagle NX checked in again! During the past month, NX has remained near the Northern Neck of Virginia. From the end of January to about mid-February, NX remained on the Rappahannock River in Essex County, just west of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. On February 19, NX flew over the river into Richmond County, and then flew about nine miles north on February 22. NX checked in today from Pope's Creek Swamp in Westmoreland County.
April 2: Amazingly enough, NX checked in again! While we are missing some data points, we can that NX spent the end of February and beginning of March along the Rappahannock River (only about 10 miles upstream of where BI78 is currently). On March 30, NX flew north into Westmoreland County, and as of today, she's hanging out just east of Westmoreland State Park on the Potomac River. Amazingly enough, NX checked in again! While we are missing some data points, we can that NX spent the end of February and beginning of March along the Rappahannock River (only about 10 miles upstream of where BI78 is currently). On March 30, NX flew north into Westmoreland County, and as of today, she's hanging out just east of Westmoreland State Park on the Potomac River.
April 18: Right after NX's last check-in, she left Westmoreland State Park and flew about 13 miles northwest to one of her familiar hangouts: Rosier Creek. For the past two weeks, NX has remained at Rosier Creek, mostly on the south side of the creek.
May 16: Happy anniversary, NX! Today is the four-year anniversary of NX's 2012 release at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. To celebrate, NX checked in a day early! As of May 15, Bald Eagle NX was in Maryland, at Chapel Point State Park in Charles County. According to their website, "Chapel Point State Park is located on the beautiful Tobacco River, a tributary of the Potomac River. Chapel Point is an undeveloped multi-use park that boasts a waterfront that offers excellent fishing."
May 25: Bald Eagle NX checked in for the second time this month! We're missing some tracking data due to NX's aging battery, but it's wonderful to still "see" her travels. During the past 10 days, NX has remained in Maryland. She made a brief stop near Indian Head, MD (where W20 has spent time) before flying south along the Potomac River. Today's check-in spot is less than two miles south of Mallows Bay.
May 29: NX checked in twice in one week! During the past three days, NX moved upstream to Mallows Bay in Maryland. At her most recent check-in, she was flying over an old ship in this "ship graveyard". Interestingly enough, NX visited Mallows Bay at the end of May in both 2015 and 2014.
June 12: Bald Eagle NX has been in Maryland for the past two weeks, exploring a three-mile stretch of the Potomac River. Her most recent check-in is at Liverpool Point, which is directly east of Widewater State Park in Virginia.
June 19: NX is back in Virginia! On June 18, she flew across the Potomac River, which is about three miles wide at that spot. As of June 19, NX was just south of Quantico, which is a familiar hangout location for her.
July 6: Bald Eagle NX checked in again this month; she's still south of Quantico, sticking to the coast of the Potomac River.
September 8 [updated November 15, 2016]: Amazingly enough, NX checked in! On November 11, we received a "data dump" from NX's transmitter; it appears as though the battery is extremely low, but recently re-charged a small amount. The last data point recorded in this information dump was back in September 2016; it's likely we're missing a lot of data due to the age of NX's battery (more than five years old)!
In looking at the data we do have, NX spent much of July near Quantico, Virginia, before flying over the Potomac River into Maryland in August. In mid-August, NX flew back to Virginia to Rosier Creek (a favorite hang-out of hers) before spending time along the Rappahannock River in late August. By early September, NX went back to Rosier Creek and was there on September 8.