A few facts about Azalea (banded HH):
Egg layed Feb 13
Egg hatched Mar 22
Banded HH April 22
Satellite transmitter fitted May 20
Fledged June 13
Left Norfolk Botanical Garden Aug 21
Azalea has proved to be quite independent and something of a loner. She took a long time to fledge and a longer time to finally leave her home natal territory. Other than one over night sojourn to Currituck County, NC, on Aug 17/18, she stayed closeby Norfolk Botanical Garden. When she did leave, it was a 100-mile direct flight to the shore of the Potomac River on the Virginia Northern Neck (Upper Peninsula). A surprise was that she spent so much time on the Wicomico River and near the mouth of the Potomac, rather than going to the known bald eagle concentration area at Caledon Natural Area about 30 miles further west and upstream on the Potomac. She did make a visit to the bald eagle concentration area on the Rappahannock River near Tappahannock, but stayed only two days.
Azalea has also spent a significant amount of time at two landfills in King & Queen County and Gloucester County. There is not much research data about how bald eagles use these landfills, so her visits are adding to our data base. Much more study needs to be done on this eagle behaviour.
Azalea made a very brief trip back to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia on Dec 10-17, with a second even briefer flight into NC. During this trip she stayed mostly at Stumpy Lake City Golf Course and made two visits to a deer carcass in a farm field in Virginia Beach. As of year-end she has returned to the Middle Peninsula Landfill in Gloucester County. We look forward to following her travels in 2010.