Azalea spent Dec 28 and 29 at the Middle Peninsula Landfill in Gloucester County, VA as she has for much of the prior two weeks. For reasons known only to her she did not go the the landfill on Dec 30, but flew to the Poropotank River which is the boundry between Gloucester and King & Queen counties. She returned to the landfill on Dec 31 and Jan 1, 2010. Instead of returning to the Adner swamp as she has been doing, she spent the night of Jan 1/2 on the Poropotank River.
Now for the surprise!!! She left her roost about 9:00am on Jan 2 and flew south crossing the York River and by 11:00am was over Hampton,VA. By 2:00pm was over Virginia Beach and by 3:30pm had entered North Carolina over Mackay Island NWR. She continued southward across Currituck County and crossed Albemarle Sound to Manns Harbor, NC (Dare County) by 5:00pm. She then turned west and spent the night of Jan 2-3 just east of South Lake in Alligator River NWR. Our last satellite data point at 8:00am Jan 3 shows that she was still moving south as she had crossed Rt64 and appeared to be headed for Sawyer Lake in Alligator River NWR. Where you going next Azalea?? Stay tuned. – Reese
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