The three eaglets at Norfolk Botanical Garden were removed from their nest today by Dr Bryan Watts, Director of The Center for Conservation Biology, with assistance from Tim Nuckols and Nate Jones from Nuckols Tree Care. The eaglets were placed in a duffle bag and lowered one at a time to Libby Mojica, Eagle Research Biologist. Once all three were on the ground, the two youngest had bands placed on both legs, a USGS numbered band on the right leg and a purple band on the left leg that identifies the eaglet as being from the Chesapeake Bay region. They were weighed and measurements taken to compare to norms for their age. Both the youngest and middle chick were identified as being of male gender.
The oldest eaglet had been banded (NC) on March 31st. The weight and measurements for this eaglet were in between the norms for male and female, so for the time being its gender will be considered unknown. Libby Mojica then fitted NC, now named Camellia for tracking purposes, with a 70 gram satellite tracking transmitter. Camellia now has her own web page at http://www.wildlifetracking.org/index.shtml?tag_id_74435.
Oldest – banded NC – #0679-01370 weighed 3705 grams (8+ lbs)
Middle – banded ND – #0679-01371 weighed 3260 grams (7 1/4 lbs)
Youngest – banded NE – #0679-01372 weighed 3368 grams (7 1/2 lbs)