Photo – Reese F Lukei Jr
On May 20, 2014 one of three nestling bald eagles about 7 weeks old was removed from its nest in the Witchduck area of Virginia Beach, VA by Julian Finch from Nuckols Tree Care and fitted with a satellite transmitter by Libby Mojica, wildlife biologist from The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB). The juvenile was weighed, measured and banded with USGS leg band #0679-01400 and purple band MR.
Three bald eagle nestlings – photo Julian Finch from Nuckols Tree Care
Before banding – photo James Deal
After banding and transmitter fitting – photo Michele Fowler
Libby Mojica fitting transmitter – photo James Deal
MR will be in its nest for about three more weeks before she fledges. In the meantime, CCB plans to have a contest to select a name for this juvenile female that is appropriate for this region where its nest is located. Details will be forth coming on the CCB web site www.ccbbirds.org and on this site.
Photo – Reese F Lukei Jr
Oh this is so exiting..wish we all could have watched like we used to..maybe one day..Lady MR you are a beautiful girl..looking foreward to more information.I bet you had a huge smile on your face Reese thank you
Response – The nest is on private property so we were not able to invite the public. Hope everyone understands.
Pat, she was one BIG girl!!! She was beautiful.
Everyone did an excellent job – Libby, Courtney, Reese, Julian & partner from Nuckols (sorry I didn’t get his name).
I’m naming her “Penny” – in my mind anyway!! Will be interesting to track her and I hope she stays around here!!
Fantastic!, I am looking forward to someone photographing her in the wild!
As soon as I read the title, I bet it was a female. Bald Eagle banded “HE” is a female. Camellia is a male. With this track record, it only makes sense that “MR” would be a female. Happy to have another Bald Eagle to track. Good job to all!
This is great news! She is gorgeous! Thanks to all involved.
Wow. Great news! Since I keep missing Cammy, maybe I can find this one some day. Thanks CCB.
Very good news! Thank you, Reese, and all involved in this effort.
So good to hear from Reese…What a beauty she is (I will call her Virginia for now). Thank you for sharing this news with us..
Well, well, doesn’t this remind you of another set of eaglets taken down and banded by the same Julian and by the same man Reese! It is so nice to see that these two guys are still making a difference for our eagles. Carry-On guys!
How cool to have another eagle to track! Many thanks to everyone involved!
Another exciting Map Day, life is good!
Welcome to our world MR, hope to be seeing you soon. So many eagles, so little time….
MR sure is one good looking eaglet! Great pictures from the banding.
Great News! Happy to meet little MR! Chris’s comments are SO funny! So she is little Mister! I wish her well, especially these next 6 to 8 weeks as she strives to become an independent juvie.
Reese, you made no mention of removal and banding of her siblings. Could you write a Nest Blog and give us more background info on this nest?! Pretty please?
So great to see the fabulous pics, many thanks to CCB and the photographers! Shelly, your pic is amazing!
Response – We could not reach the other two eaglets safely so they were not banded. Yes, there will be an update on MR and naming contest tomorrow on eaglenest. Check CCB Facebook site.
Wonderful photos of a big, beautiful girl. We are so fortunate to have the CCB, Reese and his friends to keep us informed. I’m calling her Glinda for the good “witch” in Oz.
“Gracie” for Grace Sherwood, the Witch of Pungo. Witchduck wouldn’t be Witchduck if it hadn’t been for Grace.
Beautiful bird. Well done CCB. Thanks.