Author Archives: Lukei Reese

Bald Eagle Purple DC Jan 1, 2018

On April 23, 2010 Dr Bryan Watts and Libby Mojica banded 3 nestling bald eagles in their nest along the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg, VA. One of the 3 was banded Purple “DC”. Here is a photo Dr Watts took of the 3 nestlings, with DC in the middle, a female.

On New Year’s day Jan 1, 2018, Christine Kent got the year off with amazing news. She captured a photo of a bald eagle with purple “DC” in a field off Benefit Road in Chesapeake, VA. Here is the photo of DC in flight, and a zoomed in photo in which I was able to read the purple band. Many thanks to Christine for sharing her photo. These purple bands are paying dividends, even though sometimes it takes years to payoff. Photos used with permission.

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Grace Transmitter Stops Sending Signal

The last satellite signal from the transmitter that bald eagle Grace is wearing was at 6:43am on October 17 near the mouth of the Poropotank River where it flows into the York River in Gloucester County, VA. A search was made of the area by a biologist from the Center for Conservation Biology and the transmitter was not found. The transmitter has been loosing signal for several weeks and likely has failed. The transmitter was fitted on Grace in Virginia Beach on May 20, 2014, so sent signals for over 3 years which is the average life of these transmitters. Grace is wearing a purple band (MR) on her left leg, so perhaps one day she will be located raising a family at a nest in this region. Click on photo to enlarge.

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Location October 29-31, 2017 Bald Eagles with Transmitters

In May 2016 biologists with the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) banded 12 nestling Bald Eagles in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va with purple bands and fitted them with GSM/GPS (cell) transmitters. Of the 12 juveniles eight are still flying. One is believed to be dead (RW) but not yet confirmed. One dropped its transmitter on Red Wing Golf Course in Virginia Beach and the transmitter has been recovered (RU). Another juvenile (RX) dropped its transmitter near Bethel, DE and the transmitter has not been recovered. A fourth juvenile (RN) dropped its transmitter on a small island in the James River in Virginia and an effort is underway to recover the transmitter.

The maps below of the remaining eight bald eagles show their movement during the period October 15 to Oct 29-31, 2017. The GSM/GPS data came all on one map so the data can be a bit confusing to read. Each eagle is identified by a color and a YELLOW ARROW for its location on October 15, and a WHITE ARROW for its location on October 29-31, 2017. Only one juvenile is currently in Tidewater and that is RV who was in Great Neck off Inlynnview Rd in Virginia Beach on October 31. Click on maps to enlarge.

RR banded in Virginia Beach – now in Mathews County, VA – Purple data points

RS banded in Virginia Beach – now in Currituck County, NC near Moyock – Orange data points

RB banded in Norfolk – now in Isle of Wight County, VA on the James River near Rushmere – Medium Blue data points

RC banded in Norfolk – now in King George County, VA at the county landfill – Green data points

RM banded in Virginia Beach – now in Pasquotank County, NC near the Albemarle Sound – Yellow data points

RV banded in Virginia Beach – now in Great Neck in Virginia Beach – Red data points

RE banded in Virginia Beach – now in New Kent County, VA near Barhamsville – Dark Blue data points

RD banded in Virginia Beach – now in Sussex County, VA at county landfill near Waverly – Green data points

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No New Data for Grace Oct 30, 2017

Well, it is not clear at this date as to the status of the satellite transmitter that Grace is wearing. There was no new data from the transmitter this week. The last reported location is on Puritan Island on the York River near the mouth of the Poroqotank River in Gloucester County, VA at 6:43am October 17, 2017.

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Grace on York River Oct 14, 2017

Very few satellite data points this week. Grace has flown northwest from Poquoson to the York river across from York River State Park. As of this map she is about 10 miles from Gloucester Courthouse – WHITE arrow Oct 14 at 6:48pm. Click on maps to enlarge.

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Grace Returns to Poquoson, VA Oct 8, 2017

Grace spent the week on the move. She began the week at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Dare County, NC. She then flew west to her favorite place, the Tidewater Research Station and private catfish farm just east of Plymouth, NC. After a couple days there she made a direct flight about 95 air miles north to the marshes around Poquoson, VA where she is located on Oct 8 at 9:20am – WHITE arrow.

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Grace Flies to North Carolina Oct 2, 2017

Grace has returned to Dare County, NC. Again there is very limited satellite data but Grace left the James River area on Sept 29 and flew to Perquimans County, NC. From there she crossed the Albemarle Sound into Dare County. As of this satellite map Grace is at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge west of Manns Harbor – WHITE arrow Oct 2, Midnight.

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Grace Does Roundtrip Sept 17 to Sept 23, 2017

Grace flew a roundtrip on Sept 17 to Sept 23 from the James River at the Episcopal Conference Center to the Great Dismal Swamp, to Stumpy Lake in Virginia Beach, to Jamestown Island, to back to the Episcopal Center. White arrow is her location on Sept 23 at 6:44am. Click on maps to enlarge.

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Grace at Episcopal Conference Center Sept 17, 2017

Grace has spent the past week in Surry County, VA visiting the Episcopal Chanco Conference Center on the James River near Spring Grove. She also visited the Pipsico Boy Scout Reservation next door to the east. WHITE arrow is as of 6:50pm Sept 17. Satellite data continues to be sparse with a few locations on Sept 11, 14 and 17.

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