And the winner is?????
Azalea (banded HH) was fitted with a satellite transmitter on May 20, 2009 and we have all been anxious to see just where this young bald eagle wanders off to. So far, that has been no farther from home than all of 8 miles out over Bay Colony and Broad Bay in Virginia Beach.
Hope (the Whimbrel) was fitted with a satellite transmitter by CCB biologists the day before Azalea, May 19, 2009 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and as of yesterday August 15th has traveled more than 8,000 miles!!! She left the Eastern Shore on May 26 and flew to James Bay in Nunavut Canada, then west to the MacKenzie River in the Yukon Territory, out over the Beaufort Sea, back to Hudson Bay where she left on August 10 passing over eastern Canada and New England, off the coast of Maine, over the Atlantic Ocean east of Bermuda and as of yesterday, August 15, was still flying south toward the Virgin Islands 250 miles away. Hope has flown non-stop over 3,200 miles averaging 37 miles per hour. You can read about Hope and see a map of her travels at http://www.ccb-wm.org/programs/migration/Whimbrel/whimbrel.htm
The score card reads
Azalea – 8 miles
Hope – 8,000 miles