Azalea is just remarkable!!! The following is a description of her most recent epic roundtrip from the North Carolina State Tidewater Research Station at Plymouth, NC to the edge of the Potomac River in Northumberland County, VA – about a 400 mile plus journey.
10am Aug 26 Azalea leaves the Tidewater Research Station, flying north across Albemarle Sound to Bertie County. Aug 27 flies to Meherrin River in Hertford County and overnights. Aug 28 leaves Meherrin River at 9am flying north over the Chowan River. Crosses into Southampton County Virginia about 11:30 and is over Franklin at noon, Isle of Wight County at 1pm, Surry County at 2pm, crosses the James River into James City County at 3pm, crosses the York River at 4:30pm and comes to rest at the Poropotank River in Gloucester County where she spends the night (stayed here Dec 3, 2009). Aug 29 at 10am leaves heading north over Gloucester County, at 11:30am over Middlesex County, crosses the Rappahannock River at noon south of Urbanna, across Lancaster County at 1pm, the Great Wicomico River at 2pm and at 3pm arrives at one of her favorite places, Sydnor’s Millpond in Northumberland County and spends the night. At 10am Aug 30 she slowly heads north a short distance to the south end of Coan River at noon which flows into the Potomac River.
Azalea then does an immediate about face and heads south and at 1pm is over Edwardsville, 2pm Kilmarnock, crosses south over the Rappahannock River arriving at Mathews, VA at 3pm and overnights at Horn Harbor in Mathews County. She leaves here at 11am Aug 31 crossing the York River at noon, Hampton, VA at 1pm, the Hampton Roads Harbor at 1:30 into Portsmouth, the Churchland section of Chesapeake at 2pm, flys along the east edge of the Great Dismal Swamp NWR re-entering North Carolina in Camden County at 2:45, Pasquotank County at 3pm, Perquimens County at 4pm and reaches the mouth of the Chowan River where she spends the night west of Hancock, NC. Sept 1 is a lazy day for Azalea. She flys across Route 17 south of Edenton and spends the day along Albemarle Sound in Chowan County, overnights here. She leaves here about 1pm flying south across Albermarle Sound back into Washington County arriving back at the Tidewater Research Station and the privately owned catfish ponds at 2pm. Journey over. Stayed right here Sept 3, 4, 5, and as of this map at 6am Sept 6 she was at the communal roost.