Azalea is doing much as she has done many times now. Wanders about in Virginia for a week or two, then returns to the NC Tidewater Research Station and private catfish farm near Plymouth, NC. She has been here this time since May 31. If she does as in the past, she will leave soon and return to Virginia. Have to wait to see. As of this satellite map at 5:00pm June 8 she is in the communal roost #2 which is on private property NE of the catfish farm off Gourd Neck Rd – white data point. Click on map to enlarge.
Thanks you so much for these updates.
This just adds so much, to be able to see the
patterns of flight they have. You all are wonderful LInda Neyland
Thanks Reese… a couple of questions… 1. All those rectangles are the fish ponds, correct? 2. When we see the red marks is this just where he(eagle) happens to be at the time the data is sent/received… could he be in flight then? I guess I’m wondering where the eagle is roosting when he’s near those ponds… doesn’t seem to be much in the way of trees to land in– but obviously, looks can be deceiving. These trackings are really interesting to watch… sorta puts you in their ‘shoes’. Have a great day!
and Thanks again.
Response – Carole – Good questions. The red dots are hourly daytime readings from the satellite and one at 1am to tell us where the eagle is roosting at night. The data point does not tell if the bird is sitting or flying. There are only a couple trees in the open area. Perhaps I will do a posting giving a detailed description of the TRS/Catfish areas. The NC Tidewater Research Station does several types of research other than fish research. The private catfish farm is the 18 rectangle and triangle shaped ponds in the upper part of the area (no red dots this time). There are 12 more catfish ponds below them that are long skinnier rectangles (several red dots there). The rest of the rectangles are fields for cattle to graze or growing various test crops. The red roof barn and white roof buildings on left are for cattle. TRS has several small fish ponds and a small white building between the red barn and 12 catfish ponds. Hope that helps.
Very interesting! Two questions: Do you know if there are any eagle nests in the TRS/Catfish area? Also, is the catfish farm business accepting of eagles taking some fish? I ask because I was reading about cattle ranchers not being very accepting of wolves. I would like to think they are pleased to have such guests.
Response – I do not know if there are eagle nests in that area. I do not know how accepting the owner of the catfish farm is of the eagles, but have been told that the manager is aware that the eagles are protected by various wildlife laws.
That’s a great clarification of the area for me, Reese… Thanks so much… You must be very personally familiar with the area… I never even noticed the red and white roofed buildings!! now I know they are part of the facility!! Take care and say Hi to Azalea & Camellia for me.