Posted by: rlukei | February 3, 2010

Azalea flies south to Mattamuskeet NWR


Azalea arrived at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on Jan 2nd after a 100 mile direct flight from Gloucester County, VA. She spent almost the entire rest of the month of January there, but at 1pm on Jan 31 she decided it was time to move on. By 4pm she had arrived at the eastern edge of 40,000 acre Lake Mattamuskeet near the Waupoppin Canal on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County, NC. She moved a bit further south and spent the night near Lake Landing Canal. For the next two days, Feb 1 and 2, she explored the southeast shoreline of  Lake Mattamuskeet and some of the adjoining farmland. As of this satellite map at 5pm Feb 2 she is at a perfect location for refuge visitors to spot her, the Wildlife Drive off Route 94 and the south shore of the lake. Mattamuskeet NWR is the winter home of 100,000 tundra swan and 18 species of ducks. Other bald eagles are also known to use this refuge, so she should have other eagles to keep her company. Find out more about Mattamuskeet NWR and view a map of the refuge at Click on satellite map to enlarge full screen.

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Thanks for the update Reese.

Have you noticed – everytime there is snow – Azalea flies south. Maybe she doesn’t like the white stuff??????

Just wondering Reese, what is it that causes an eagle to just fly away? Is it smell? like MVK, weather? Just randomly taking off?? Will HE and HK follow? Thanks for the update, I was hoping she’d stay a bit closer to VA