I was stood up by Azalea this morning! After nearly two weeks at the Tidewater Research Station in Plymouth, NC, I decided yesterday that it was time to make the 100-mile trip to see just what was so attractive to Azalea. I made arrangements with the research station manager and met him at 7:00am this morning. Since I was not due another satellite map until today, I had no way to know that Azalea was not going to be there. She left yesterday about noon and flew north crossing Albemarle Sound to Bertie County, NC. She spent the night near the shore south of Route 17 and Salmon Creek, east of Route 45. That is where she was when I got to the research station – 10 miles away.
It was not a wasted trip however. There were 20 other bald eagles there! 10 were adults and 10 were juveniles and subadults. I got a much better understanding of where Azalea had just spent 12 days, and may return again. The area is restricted to the public so my access had to be pre-arranged. When you Google the area you will see large ponds around the research station. These ponds are privately owned and filled with catfish. That is what Azalea and the other 20 eagles are (were) feeding on, and not the hybred striped bass in the smaller ponds at the research station. Guess she enough catfish, and it was time to move on. After all Azalea is a wanderer.