Azalea began this period in the Atwoodtown neighborhood in Va Beach (YELLOW arrow Mar 16 at 2:00pm). She then flew a bit east then north to spend the night in a wooded area of Dam Neck Naval Base (PINK pointer Mar 17 at 1:00am). From there she remained close to the shore and returned north to the Croatan neighborhood (GREEN pointer Mar 18 at 1:00am). On the 18th Azalea flew to First Landing State Park, Broad Bay then to the Thoroughgood area (PURPLE pointer Mar 19 at 1:00am). She remained in that neighborhood and as of this map is in the Thoroughgood Manor neighborhood – WHITE arrow Mar 19 at 6:00pm.
As always, thanks for these updates!
I was wondering if it has been normal for AZ to stay in the VA Beach area each year like this one? It seems to me that the previous two years were spent more at NC catfish ponds. I use the word “normal” with tongue in cheek BTW!
Response – Hi Jean – Your observation is right on. This year has been quite different for Azalea. She has not wandered far from Virginia Beach. We think that means she will eventually establish her breeding territory in this area. Got to get that transmitter she is wearing to last another two years.
Oh, no! Not another breeding female in that area. Send her back to NC. We need more down this way. Actually, I guess it is not surprising that she would tend to go there to establish her family’s territory.
Seriously, your work is so appreciated by those of us who have learned much. I’m not sure that words can let you know how much (appreciated and learned).
Rats…I was hoping for an update on 3/22 – Azalea’s 3rd Hatch Day anniversary!