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Grace has begun to stretch her wings a bit further. For the past three mornings at 7am she has either been at the west end of Kings Grant Rd in Little Neck or in Thalia. Jim Yanello sent these photos of Grace on July 13. Looks like she has a little bit of damage to a tail feather, perhaps from an early crash landing.
For this satellite data period Camellia has made another round trip into the Gibbs Woods section of Currituck County, NC. He arrived about Noon on July 9 (Blue pointer) and was on his way back to Chesapeake by 10am July 11 (Yellow pointer). As of this map Camellia is back to the farm fields off Sanderson Rd in Chesapeake.
This morning, July 9, Grace and her sister were flying high over the Thalia neighborhood in Virginia Beach about one mile from their nest. This indicates that Grace has begun to expand her range. Note that the sibling of Grace has a broken tail feather (rectrice) on the right side. Grace coming in for a landing. Photos by Reese F Lukei Jr.
Grace is still not wandering very far from her natal nest tree, but she has now flown across the western branch of the Lynnhaven River about two blocks from her nest. Grace seems a bit timid about leaving home, but that will change. One of her siblings fledged on June 5 and as best we can tell has not been back to the nest since June 9.
Shelly Fowler captured these two photos of Grace in flight on July 6.
Grace is still cruising close to home. The tracking data shows she’s only flying across the river ~600′ from bank to bank. We’ll see her slowly expand her range as she gets more and more experience flying and begins exploring the area. Shelly Fowler was gracious enough to share these photos of Grace flying around her natal territory. Thank you Shelly!
Camellia visited the St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake, VA on July 4 and on July 5th. Maybe inspiring patriotism and other noble feelings in the prisoners? Anything is possible!
We are often asked why we track eagles and how our data is used to conserve eagles and their habitats. CCB has several uses for the transmitter data one of which is looking at movement corridors for eagles. This particular map is a model of Camellia’s movements. What we look for is movement paths used repeatedly over time that can represent “flight corridors”. Camellia, Azalea, Grace, and KE are part of a larger eagle tracking study CCB continues to conduct in the region on over 70 eagles. Combining data from this large sample size allows us to look for population level flight corridors. Locating where these flight corridors are and understanding why the eagles are in a certain location can be very useful in eagle management. Various government planning and conservation agencies can use this information to avoid erecting new structures (wind turbines, electrical distribution lines, etc) that have the potential harm flying eagles.
On Camellia’s map we can see definite hot spots of movements (red color) around Lake Anna, multiple landfills, and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach region. Available prey resources (yes, landfill food counts as “prey” in this context) are a major driving force in why eagles move across the landscape as shown in Camellia’s map. I’ve noted the NBG nest only for your reference since it’s hard to see the base map.
ps. I realized I hadn’t approved comments for the last post since Reese normally handles it. Sorry!
I’m filling in for Reese this week while he’s off adventuring. I will attempt to fill his shoes here for a few days. We greatly appreciate your continued interest in the EagleTrak project.- Libby
Grace is testing her new found powerful wings and is taking flights from the patch of trees where her nest is to trees 700 feet across the river. Our volunteers monitoring her and her siblings say the trio is doing fine and are being well fed by the adults. Thanks to Jim Yanello for this recent photo of Grace on the wing.
This eagle has returned to an agricultural canal of some sort off Long Ridge Rd. He seems to have visited this spot several times in the past week. Wonder what the attraction is?