On Sunday afternoon Sept 6 Azalea (banded HH) left the area west of Blackwells, VA off the Wicomico River in Northumberland County, and flew west across Richmond County crossing the Rappahannock River just north of Tappahannock in Essex County, crossed US Rt 17 near Champlain and into Caroline County to just south of Sparta, VA and north of Butler’s Fork. From there she turned north back into Essex County flying over Loretto, VA on Rt 17, crossing the Rappahannock River again to just north of Leedstown in Westmoreland County by evening and spent the night of Sept 6 just south of Leedstown. On Sept 7 and 8 she explored the area of the Rappahannock in both Westmoreland and Essex Counties and as of the last data point on this map – afternoon Sept 8 – was just east of Layton, VA in Essex County. This is an area that is heavily used by bald eagles and is one of the prime bald eagle concentration areas in Virginia. 16 of the other bald eagles with satellite transmitters have used this area in 2009 according to Libby Mojica, CCB biologist who fitted all the transmitters on the eagles.
Joe Foreman at Norfolk Botanical Garden reports that the male adult bald eagle was in the camera tree this morning (Sept 10).
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