Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!! Bet you thought when you heard that Azalea was in Currituck County that she flew straight there from Bertie County. That would have been a short flight of about an hour or so, and about 40 miles. You would be wrong. She flew to Currituck County via Norfolk, VA, a trip of about 200 miles.
On March 17 Azalea arrived in Bertie County south of Aulander, NC and near the Bertie County landfill about 4:00pm. I expect based on her behavior in the past that most of us thought she would hang around there for a few days. Nope! Surprise #1 – She left the next morning, flying west into Halifax County, south of Scotland Neck and almost to Enfield by 2:00pm. She then turned north flying over Halifax and a bit after 4:00pm crossed back into Virginia in Greenville County and veered back eastward into Southampton County and rested overnight near Capron, VA. She continued her journey the morning of Mar 19 flying east over Courtland at noon, Franklin by 1:00pm, Suffolk and north end of the Great Dismal Swamp NWR by 2:00pm. A slight turn north put her over downtown Portsmouth at 3:00pm, then over downtown Norfolk and by 4:00pm she was over the Thoroughgood neighborhood in Virginia Beach. Surprise #2 – Satisfied that all was well at home, she turned south and by 5:00pm was over Fentress airfield in Chesapeake and into Currituck County, NC by 5:30pm. From there she continued south to the north end of the North River just west of Coinjock, NC and spent the night. Surprise #3 – Bet you thought she was on her way back to Alligator River NWR. Wrong again! All day Mar 20, 21 and 22 she explored the North River watershed in Currituck and Camden Counties. The North River is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. She has returned to the same “roost” each of the four nights she has been there, indicating that there are probably other bald eagles in the area. That is where she is as of this satellite map March 23 at 1:00am.
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