Azalea appears to be, once again, on her way home after her 15th visit in two years to the NC Tidewater Research Station and private catfish ponds. She left TRS about 11:00am yesterday Aug 12, crossing back into Virginia about 2:30pm. She arrived at a small stream south of Holland, VA about 4:00pm that is located between County Rd 612 and County Rd 613. As of this satellite map at 1:00am this morning Aug 13, Azalea is still there – white arrow.
Azalea fledged from her nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden on June 13, 2009, so she has been flying through Aug 12, 2011 for 791 days. She made 7 trips in 2010 to the North Carolina Tidewater Research Station for a total of 148 days, the longest being 61 days from May 5 to July 5. So far in 2011 she has made 8 visits through Aug 12 for 95 days. Azalea has spent 243 days at TRS or over 30% of her time since fledging.
All I can do is smile. It is such a joy to keep up with Azalea during her travels. Reese, your reports mean so much to so many….thank-you.
I am pleased that she is heading home. I check almost daily for updates.
Our Diva loves her catfish!!!! Glad she is heading home once again for a visit. Reese, thanks so much for your reports on Azalea – always look forward to seeing where she has been and possibly going!!
Reese: How do you think Azalea first found the Tidewater area? Do you think juveniles tend to fly together at first. Did she just follow a group? Just wondering.
Response – Azalea was born in the Tidewater area at Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Thanks for the analysis Reese! It helps to put things in perspective!