Nixy's Travels, Tracking an eagle called NX
See my pretty wings! You cant get me! haha! I am too high for you! Get a ladder, lady!
Dr. Miranda who catches up the eagles tried to catch Nixy July 27th.
The swing perch was considerably higher than Dr. Miranda is tall.
It was quite funny to watch! we affectionately call her Dr. Mirwrangler.
Nixy's Travels, Tracking an eagle called NX
August 2, 2011
Tracking an eaglet called NX
NX 'Nixy' was hatched in April 2011 at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Virginia,
Called the Garden of Eagles. She was one of 3 babies.
I will be tracking NX who I affectionally called Nixy when she is released, probably the week of August 15th. Date NOT set yet.
Nixy is one of the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) eaglets which was raised at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
We watched the parent eagles lay three eggs, watched on live cam as they hatched and grew.
For more on the entire story, see Epitaph for an Eagle
I started that blog out of sadness when Nixy's mother was killed.
Its my opinons and reactions as I watched WVEC eaglecam and moderated blog.
Along the way I posted a lot of links to other people's blogs, and a couple posts about other eagles.
Epitaph for an Eagle
Quintuple Eagle Release
Release Day July 27, 2011 Wednesday
5 eagles from WCV were released to the wild.
4 flew off free, but Nixy wasnt ready so was returned to WCV for another couple weeks.
At least 2 veteranarians and DGIF made the decision Nixy needed to be caught and returned.
The transmitter did NOT bother her at all. That was NOT the problem on release day.
Release of eagles videos and photos
5 eagles released to the wild yesterday - 3 flew free for the first time.
However, one of the 3 was too tired and had to be taken 'home' another couple weeks.
Wildlife Center of Virginia photos
Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Release Photos
July 27th, her first release day, Nixy kissed (bit) 3 people.
It took awhile to fit Nixy with a tiny transmitter.
Her handler said she is a VERY STRONG EAGLE.
When Ed Clark was asked how many she bit, he replied - everyone she could!
Nixy is NOT tracked with Camilla and Azalea, her siblings from previoius years.
Nixy Back to WCV
Outta My Way - I'm Taking Your Fish!
July 28, 2011 NX-KS VIDEO
GREAT MANTLE as Nixy guards her fish from KS. Excellent survival skill.
Fighting and More Fighting
July 28, 2011 NX-KS VIDEO
July 27, 2011 Nixy was brought back to WCV
She was put in with KS where they enjoyed feeding, fighting, flying and growing up.
KS had briefly been in the pen with the 3 NBG eagles til she was separated and put in a separate pen.
August 1 KS knocked Nixy off the swing in the WCV pen. Nixy flew across the pen, then flew back - and KNOCKED KS off too!
Then they both flapped around the floor awhile. It was humorous to observe normal eagle behavior on cam.
The transmitter doesnt bother Nixy at all. She still bathes in the tub and flies beautifully.
One of NX primary feathers was missing before the release, and a second, adjacent primary broken that day.
NX 2 primary flight feathers are broken off near the base at a point that will not allow the attachment of replacement tips, through the process called imping.
However, missing only two feathers is not a problem.
Its a good thing WCV re-captured her and took her back for another 2 weeks to mature and develop more survival skills.
It seems NX is more immature than her siblings. This is common. When released she flew and landed on the ground, making HELP HELP! cheeping sounds,
instead of a more mature GET AWAY FROM ME warning sound.
Ed Clark, WCV Aug 2
First, NX is in great health. She is strong, fit, able to fly well, eating well, and everything else she needs to be at this age, from a physiological point of view.
What became clear, only at the release, is that her behavior, which looked fine under the controlled circumstances of the flight pen,
was a bit more juvenile under stress than we would have imagined, given her interaction with her siblings.
When they approached her on the ground after her initial release, instead of responding with an adult "one step closer and I'll rip your face off" vocalization,
the kind we got from (her nest brother and sister) NZ and NV, she gave a juvenile distress "cheaping" call.
In and off itself, that would not have been a huge deal, but her response to the people was to hunker down and run, rather than fly off, again, a juvenile reaction.
It was a normal reaction, entirely, but a reaction of a bird who has not quite "flipped the switch", as Dr. Miranda puts it, to being a fully mature sub-adult.
So, since there were so many people there, and we knew that someone would not be able to resist approaching her,
we decided that it would be best to bring her back and give her a bit more time.
Part of the benefit of having KS in the cage with her, is that it is giving her something with which to deal that makes her respond.
Again, normal stuff, but pushing her a bit. That is allowing us to watch and monitor her reactions.
I will say again, what we have said all along.. The transmitter is NOT a problem for her, and it is not the issue AT ALL!!!
If you will recall, NX was the "good child"- no broken bones, no lead poisoning, so she had the least amount of stressful handling in her life.
We chose her because she had been handled least, but in retrospect, extra handling might have helped her toughen up a bit.
Azalea, her sister (from a previous year), was also a late bloomer.
So, we are going to reevaluate her in ten days or so, monitoring her daily to see if she has "flipped the switch."
We are confident that she will, and we're confident that all will be well.
Her response to stress was the issue, NOT the transmitter.
The stress was neither cruel nor excessive, and because of the transmitter attachment,
we got to see that NX had a vulnerability we might not otherwise have seen had she just been tossed in the air.
I have not seen the photos that have been reposted, but I know what was happening, and know that it was ALL perfectly within the bounds of proper handling.
They were deliberately trying to get NX to flap her wings and try to escape, normal adult behavior,
to be 100% sure the transmitter harness was neither too loose, nor too tight.
We had not one, but two of the world's most experienced wildlife vets standing right there, people who have devoted their lives to caring for wildlife.
Attaching transmitter to NX at Berkeley July 27, 2011
Mike Lanzone came on the WCV moderated blog August 1 to check on NX.
Mike Lanzone is tracking NX and told us - -
We have been modeling eagle movements in Virginia for 4 years now with high frequency data that will allow us to
develop models to help avoid potential problems with wind power development especially,
but now since the strike we have been looking into airstrikes and modeling for any mitigation and insight to how birds are using the airspace around airports.
(I dont know what he said in English, sorry)
Nixy's is the same kind of transmitter, but lighter (3% of body weight is the recommended) we made it 1.8%,
so it will send less frequently as it has a smaller battery, these are the same kind of transmitters.
None of Nixy's feathers fell out or were damaged during the transmittering, we are very very careful.
I can assure you I treat every bird I work with as they were our babies!
It is a privilege to get to work with them and we always put the birds welfare first!
NBG Bald Eagle NX #11-0475 [NX]
Freqently Asked Questions about Transmitters
Golden Eagle Soars Again
Here you see DGIF has attached a transmitter to a golden eagle
Feathers are made of keratin, like their beak.
The feathers have tiny interlocking structures called barbs which the eagle can be seen ‘zipping’ up when preening -
meaning they are rejoining the barbs together - as the feathers will separate.
Due to the construction of the feather, it is very light, but strong.
Extending from the barbs are a series of short branchlets called barbules. Tiny hooklets tie the barbules, and ultimately the barbs, together.
This somewhat complex arrangement creates the strong but light structure of the feather.
KS was admitted June 9, 2011 ad - Virginia Beach Bald Eagle #11-1234
LOCATION OF RESCUE: Virginia Beach, Virginia
CAUSE OF ADMISSION: Unable to fly
Whats new at WCV
Reese Lukei tracked Nixy's siblings from previous years
Eagle Trak, Reese Lukei
Reese holding Azalea - tracker blog
NBG eagle nest 2011
2011 NBG NEST SEASON in photos
The mating, the eggs, the hatchlings, grow, death of female.
Here is a beautiful link from Rhoda, God bless her, of the 2011 NBG year.
Keep hitting the arrow key when your done with the video to see the others
WVEC TV 13
WCV - Wildlife Center of VA, Ed Clark big chief there
Page Date August 2, 2011
2013 HK, Son of NBG, older brother of NX
2012 NX (Nixy) NBG female has a transmitter.
She was removed from nest when her mom died and raised at WVC
NX is the kid sister of HK
2011 Epitaph for an Eagle
NBG nest and the death of that female which resulted in no more NBG nests permitted
The NBG male and female were the parents of NX and HK
Eagle's nest removed from Norfolk Botanical Garden October 5, 2012 and there will be deterrents to keep the eagles away.
2012 Richmond Va nest
2013 Lucy One Foot at the Blair Wisconsin nest, Eagles4kids
2012 Bald Eagle Nesting Season, several nests
August 16, 2011
Nixy is still not ready to be released.
She is still at WCV with KS whose feathers are still growing in.
Both are doing just fine but it is not wise to release them to the wild yet.
Both HATE humans who come to feed and water them.
That is a GOOD thing, they are wild birds.
HOW IT BEGAN
In Memory of NX and her nest mates and parents
Posted <*))))>< by
ZionsCRY NEWS with prophetic analysis
Nixy's Travels, Tracking an eagle called NX
Nixy and KS are fine after Hurricane Irene drenched them!
In the middle of pouring rain, KS got in the tub! I found that strange.
August 30, 2011 Tuesday
WCV staff released NX and her pen mate, KS at Berkeley Plantation at 10:30 a.m.
When her transmitter number is released I will post it so you can track her.
Release day for Nixy (NX) and her pen mate KS who is NOT one of the NBG nest mates.
The other 2 were released July 27th.
Congowings moderator posted the release account from tweets from someone at the release site.
Thank you Congo! (Yes she has a grey parrot who owns the house.)
Ed Clark is trying to determine where he wants to release the eagles - meaning what direction, etc.
Dr. Adam (he is dreamy cute!), Dr. Dave, Mr. Clark, Mr. Huwa, and Travis are there. Several professional photographers there including shutterbug Bob.
Clark will be releasing towards the water - doesn't want NX to head to the trees -
10:30 am Nixy released! She flew up .. up .. up and awaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy .. across the waters.
The staff of WCV went to see where she went.
Dr. Dave has gone off to see where NX might have gone - it takes a while to hike over there - and see if they can see where she went. When she flew off she disappeared behind trees -
Dr. Dave and JrDeal found NX - she is sitting in a tree close to the water - just chilling out. No vocalizations - just getting her bearings. So all is good.
10:40 Shoebutton commented - She probably said "I'm outta here folks, See ya! I'm free!"
KS is a bit fiesty - looking for a piece of Ed - and squawking
KS was released about 5 minutes after NX
flew over the trees - and is now going across the water
Another eagle joined KS - probably an adult. Could it be her parent?
KS is making circles over the water with other eagles.
4 other juvenille (under 5 years) flew up to meet KS and all flew in a circle over the river.
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NX did quite well for herself. After flying across a field, NX made a u-turn and landed in a boxwood tree — not a very stable perch.
After landing on the ground, she gathered herself and then flew off across the field, gaining altitude.
NX then flew over some trees by the James River, and landed near the river bank — then flew up to a perch about 15 to 20 feet up in a tree.
Thank you soooo much Bob for permission to use this wonderful story in a photo!
Bob is a professional photographer, his webite
Where is Nixy now ?
September 1, 2011
August 31: The Wildlife Center staff received data from NX’s transmitter today.
We are still learning this new system and will be experimenting with different ways to display maps and data on her whereabouts.
Since her release, NX has spent most of her time in a wooded area next to the James River, and she roosted in a tree overnight.
She spent a short amount of time on the ground this morning, but otherwise has been perching in trees ranging in height from 10 to 28 meters.
At 8:22 a.m. she took a quick flight across a field, clocking in at 60 miles per hour at an altitude of 68 meters. 222 feet!
All in all, by examining the data, we think that NX is exploring the area around Berkeley Plantation.
The next data dump from the transmitter should occur on Friday — if she is within cell coverage at the appointed hour.
Please check back here for further updates.
NOTE - Nixy will not have the traditional bald eagle white head until she is 5 years old.
Their third and fourth year they are called a 'dirty' bird as they are mottled.
September 2, 2011
Nixy appears to be moving a bit farther afield and is now off of the Berkeley property.
She’s moved into a different forested area close to the water.
According to Mike Lanzone, one of the Cellular Tracking experts, that exact spot is one used by other Bald Eagles that also have units on.
Here is a slide show tribute from eggs to freedom.
September 6, 2011 Tuesday
Nixy appears to LIKE Westover - near Berkeley where she was released.
I am betting she has encountered her siblings.
As of September 6 Nixy has been on her own for one week.
She remains close to Berkeley Plantation, and each morning wakes up a little further from her release location.
For the last 5 nights she has roosted next to a small tributary of the James River that cuts up behind Berkeley and Westover, this is prime eagle habitat.
Looking at her tracks on Google Earth, we can see Nixy’s travel path tends to stick to tree lines, which provide her good cover and lots of roosting and perching places.
The shallow waters of the upper tributary where she has been for the last few days are good fishing grounds.
Position, speed, and altitude data is recorded by the backpack at 15-minute intervals, so interpretations of other behaviors (for example, hunting)
would only be conjecture at this point, however, we are seeing her in the air quite a bit flying from place to place.
It will be interesting to see where she moves to next now that she has reached the narrowest end of the tributary.
Nixy's tracks and Roosting Locations
Click on pictures on this link to enlarge. I dont know how to transfer those to here.
Nixy seems to have found a place she likes!
She’s still hanging out in the same area she was two days ago, as it appears that she has found a favorite perch at the end of the tributary.
She made a few trips to explore the wooded areas nearby, and she is getting out and spreading her wings a little more each day.
September 10, 2011 Saturday
Nixy heads NORTHEAST
After the rainy weather cleared, Nixy opted to leave the Berkeley Plantation area and is now in King and Queen County!
Friday, September 9, she woke up at the same general area near the Berkeley Plantation and then left town at about 9:30 a.m.
She flew 35 miles to a forested area in King and Queen, and arrived around 1:30 p.m.
Today she seems to be flying around the same general area.
Nixy appear to be heading Northeast, AWAY from her natal nest area of Norfolk Gardens, Virginia
Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 Ed Clark, WCV: blog post
Nixy heads EAST
We are delighted the signals (from NX) are coming in strong.
During very heavy cloud cover, the device does not get a good lock on enough satellites, and sometimes send in goofy data,
but we pretty much discount the one reading that showed NX flying at 999 miles per hour. She's good, but not that good!
The device needs two satellites for a location, but three for a good read on elevation and speed.
WCV's Amanda analyzes and posts this data.
Since Saturday, Nixy has flown an additional 30 miles NORTH to Kilmarnock in Northumberland County.
She is currently about 2.5 miles from Chesapeake Bay.
September 14, 2011 Wednesday
NX is still in Northumberland County. She has flown about 13 miles to the northern part of the county, just west of the town of Ophelia.
Today she was flying (north) at 16 miles per hour at an altitude of 262 feet.
According to the map, she appears to be flying over a field. She spent the night in the woods.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
September 16, 2011 Friday
Nixy did not 'phone home' today.
Her transmitter is set to incoming an hour a day, and if she is out of range, no call. No worries!
Lots of people of noted that cell coverage is very spotty in the area she was last tracked.
WCV Amanda Nicholson from blog post
Remember, reports are contingent on
a) us having enough time to do them and MORE importantly
b) NX checking in! She didn't check in Sept. 16th.
We said this would happen when she's out of cell range, and as all of us with cell phones know, there are those dead zones out there or calls get dropped.
On her transmitter FAQ we said that her transmitted only tries to check in for one hour every other day.
So she could be out of range for that period of time and missed the chance to phone it.
I wouldn't be surprised if she was just in a spotty-covered wooded area, hanging out for the day and missed her chance.
Nixy's sibling Azalea, the bald eagle with another tracker, has arrived in the same area Nixy was.
Azalea was hatched in 2009, and had the same parents.
Nixy is Azalea's younger sister.
September 19, 2011 Monday
NX checked in on September 16 to deliver 4 days of data.
In our last update NX was hanging out east of Lancaster in Northumberland County, Virginia.
She has changed direction again and headed north to the shores of the Little Wicomico River, just east of Burgess.
The river empties onto the Chespeake Bay and has a beautiful marina on it.
September 22, 2011 Thursday
Nixy has settled on the banks of the Little Wicomico River in Northumberland County VIRGINIA.
The stand of trees she is favoring borders fields rather than heavy human-occupied territory, and she has a small inlet nearby in which to fish.
I am thinking our Nixy has had ENOUGH of humans. Haahaa!
23 days since her release, and she is currently 62 miles from her release location in Charles City, Virginia.
In her travels she has visited 7 counties, crossed one major river and numerous smaller rivers and streams,
been known to frequent areas other tracked eagles have been to, and may have crossed paths with her sister Azalea.
Nixy loved to sit in the tub of water in her pen at WCV, so loving to be near lots of water is no surprise.
If only someone could get a pic. Nixy would be smiling for sure. Possibly stick her tongue out at us.
Nixy is very close to Accomack County (island at right), Virginia where an Accomack Bald Eagle was rescued.
Bald eagles Azalea, Camellia and Buddy are siblings, but hatched in different years to the Norfolk eagle pair, of which the female died in 2011.
Buddy hatched in 2008
Azalea hatched in 2009
Camellia hatched in 2010
Nixy (NX officially banded) 2011
Azalea and Camellia are also banded and tracked
Azalea is on Bamboo Island at the mouth of the Potomac River – white arrow.
Azalea has not wandered far since Sept 18. She has stayed right along the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay where the Little Wicomico River empties into Chesapeake Bay.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia web site (www.wildlifecenter.org) shows that Nixy is close by.
Buddy gets a new pen at the WildlifeCenter of VA Sept 2011
You might enjoy this video. He was the only nestling that year and had beek pox so was taken and saved and is used for education.
September 30, 2011
Nixy was still in the same place. It had rained and rained for over a week.
October 01, 2011
Nixy has settled on the banks of the Little Wicomico River in Northumberland County VIRGINIA.
NX checked in today, she has ventured further inland on the River to Hansons Cove.
It is a heavily wooded area, and her tracks show her flying back and forth to trees on either side of the cove.
Her last known position shows that she has returned to her a preferred tree in a more populated zone of the river.
September 26, 2011
NX is still enjoying the same stand of trees on the Little Wicomico River in Northumberland County, Virginia.
She has crossed the river a few times to visit nearby piers, but otherwise is quite content to remain where she has been for the past week.
October 6, 2011 After 5 days without a check-in, NX came back into cell range.
October 2 around noon Nixy left Hanson’s Cove on the Little Wicomico River in Northumberland, Virginia,
and flew roughly 2 miles further north to Vir-Mar Beach, in Virginia’s Northern Neck region.
She spent two nights there and during the days explored most of the length of the river before returning to her current home base on the Little Wicomico on October 4.
NBG Bald Eagle NX #11-0475 [NX]
Freqently Asked Questions about Transmitters
Wildlife center of Virginia animal hospital
Nixy checked in and she’s been hanging around her favorite spot on the Little Wicomico River.
While she tends to stick around the same general area, we are able to see that she’s making regular short flights around the river and marina.
See map overview of some of her travels in the past few weeks. The heaviest and most dense purple lines are right around her current hang out.
October 27, 2011 NOON
After 16 days of not checking in, our Nixy at last checked in!
Over the past 2 weeks she has been in the same general area of the Little Wicomico River.
Nixy's last check-in was on October 11, she was near Ophelia VA.
Its common for eagles to routinely go in and out of cell coverage areas, sometimes for weeks at a time, but many of us were getting concerned.
October 26 a DGIF biologist near Ophelia went out to the last known coordinates of NX just to check out the area.
She visited NX’s favorite hang-out, a fairly white-washed pine tree.
Interesting, as she and her siblings were raised in a nest in a pine.
The biologist also found a pile of fish bones (old and new) underneath it and a feather from a juvenile Bald Eagle.
November 1, 2011
Nixy is flying again!
After returning to her roosting tree October 27, she packed her beek and set off for the beach.
She has been flying along a stretch of the Virginia coast between Gaskin Pond and Taskmaker Creek, to the east of Reedville, Virginia.
She appears to have made some brief explorations of an inland wooded area, but has spent most of her time exploring around a pond near Olin-Fox Farms in Reedville.
November 3, 2011
Nixy continues to explore the creeks, beaches, and ponds around Reedville, Virginia.
Nixy has narrowed her range to the coastal area around Owens Pond and Gaskin Pond.
November 10, 2011
Nixy is on the move, about 7.5 miles west of the Little Wicomico.
Nixy moved inland about 13 miles northwest, by Downings Millpond just east of Heathsville.
Nixy has returned inland once again in Hansons Cove on the Little Wicomico River.
She appears to be in the process of exploring and defining her home range.
MAPS, WCV page
Freqently Asked Questions about Transmitters
December 2, 2011 Friday
Nixy was admitted to a rehabilitator in Northern Neck last night December 1.
She was found at 10:45 pm in the middle of the road near the Ophelia post office and was picked up by a deputy from the local sheriff’s office.
The preliminary report is that Nixy has a wing droop and blood in her mouth, but is feisty and is in good weight and physical condition.
The eagle is now being transported to the VA Wildlife Center which raised her.
Amanda Nicholson, WCV reported on blog.
Once she arrives, we'll let her chill out for a bit before an examination. That's generally our course of action if the animal doesn't have immediate, life-threatening injuries.
We let them just chill out in a dark, quiet place to de-stress. That is always far better than doing an immediate exam.
We know that the rehabilitator performed a physical exam and gave subcutaneous fluids.
She did not feed her so that we can do radiographs today (assuming she is stable enough).
Ed Clark, WCV 4:38 pm
We just finished NX's exam, and the results are very encouraging. No major fractures that were detected, though she has not been x-rayed yet.
No lead in her blood which is GREAT news. Some damage to the lens on her right eye, but nothing that should not heal.
She has a wound on the wrist of her right wing, with some torn skin, very consistent with "road rash"... but again, nothing that should not heal.
Dr. Dave put in a couple of staples to hold the skin together over the bone.
Because she has a very full crop, we cannot anesthetize her until she digests some of that, so it is possible we'll still find a fracture or something else that is not obvious.
We removed the transmitter, and I can tell you there is absolutely no indication that there was any irritation or abrasion. It was working normally and not affecting her at all!
Dr. Dave found injuries to NX’s right carpus [wrist], wing, and eye. She tested “low” for lead, meaning that lead toxicity is not an issue.
NX weighed in at 4.035 kg. When she was released in August 2011, she was 4.18 kg which means she was doing just fine finding her food out in the wild!
Q - What about the blood in her mouth??
Ed Clark, WCV
That seems to have been from her crop... she had a very full crop....and full of some really yucky stuff!!!
NX may have eaten roadkill and been hit by a car.
wings did this cartoon. lol
Nixy should know better than to argue with a car!
UPDATE December 3, 2011 Saturday pre-dawn
WCV has edited the webpages for a more complete readout.
I posted as info came in. It really seemed a very l o n g time waiting for her to get to WCV, about 2.5 hours, then waiting for results of exam.
Now that it appears our beloved Nixy is basicly OK, had just had her bloody supper when hit by a car, I can just relax and be happy we get to take pics of her again!
O there's no place like HOME for the Hollydaze!
December 2 = WCV official tracking blog post
NX was found injured in Ophelia on December 1. She was rescued by an animal control officer and taken to a permitted rehabiltator.
On December 2, NX was transported to the Center. Read the full story here.
9 am The always charming Ed Clark, WCV reported
Good morning all.
NX was ALIVE this morning, always a good way to start any day.
She had deficated profusely (pooped alot) due to the fluids she was given last evening.
This is also a good thing because it shows that her "systems" are working properly, and she is digesting her food.
Later today, Dr. Dave and team will anesthetize her and take the x-rays we were unable to take yesterday, when she arrived (due to her having had a full crop).
That will give us a very good idea of the extend of the injuries to her right wrist, and will let us know if there are other skeletal issues.
1.30 pm update by congo -
I have heard from Mr. Huwa Dr. Dave examined NX this morning.
He found some additional injuries -- all consistent with the struck-by-vehicle theory.
Two issues of concern - possible injury to the left shoulder.
To be safe, Dr. Dave has put NX's left wing in a body wrap. More x-rays later.
There is also a question about NX's GI tract. She regurgitated during the night; she'll be offered food later today ... we'll see if she eats.
Dr. Dave may want to "scope" her next week ... with the new endoscope. -
2.45 Dr. Dave's December 3 examination
On the morning of Saturday, December 3, NX was anesthetized for radiographs and a physical examination.
Dr. Dave found an open wound on the left wing [flushed and sutured]; a ruptured airsac; a left-eye injury;
and soft-tissue swelling over the right wrist [although the bones and tendons seem fine].
Two additional areas of concern:
GI tract. NX regurgitated overnight; her crop was empty this morning. NX will be given some mice/small chunks of rat this evening to see if she will eat.
Dr. Dave would like to take a look at NX’s GI tract within the next week, using the Center’s new endoscope.
NX’s left shoulder looks slightly drooped, and there may be a slight decreased range of motion.
Dr. Dave spotted what might be a small fracture on the head of the coracoid (sort of like a collarbone)
additional radiographs [after shoulder swelling has subsided] may provide more insights.
To be on the safe side, the Center vet team wrapped NX’s left wing in a body wrap.
Dr. Dave thinks these injuries are consistent with NX having been struck by a vehicle.
Nothing too shocking, actually. All of these injuries are relatively "normal" for a bird that has been hit by a car.
She had been in the area where she was injured for about 24 hours, but we cannot know when during that period she actually sustained the injury
or even if there was more than one incident.
We can only deal with what we do know, and that is as we have stated.
It is far too soon to make a prognosis, but we remain optimistic.
The transmitter from NX is working well, and data indicated that NX arrived in the area where she was injured about 4 p.m. on the 30th.
She was found at 10 p.m. She was likely hit about dusk, dark bird, probably landed and started to eat late in the day
and was so pre-occupied that it got dark on her before she got up into a roost tree.
Virginia state newspapers picked up the story
Former Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle injured
NX Young eagle from Norfolk Botanical Garden found injured on Northern Neck
WCV Critter live cam and blog
December 4, 2011 Sunday
Update 5:00 p.m. Dec. 3 at
When the veterinary team checked on NX at the end of the day, they found that she ate all her meal, a small meal of chopped rat/mice.
The team hopes that she will keep the meal down overnight.
December 4 update
Dr. Adam and diagnostic intern Katie caught up NX today for her medications and for evaluation. Dr. Adam reported,
“I’m pleased to say there was no regurgitation in her crate and all her food from last night had been eaten.
Her wounds are healing although the one over the right carpus is still a little open and the subcutaneous emphysema is still palpable.”
Katie held NX while Dr. Adam medicated the eagle — the treatment went fine, but apparently NX put up quite a fight! Katie commented that
“NX is the strongest and most feisty eagle I’ve ever held!”
December 5 update
Change of plans: initially, NX was scheduled for radiographs today to see if a different set of x-rays would reveal the same subtle shoulder fracture that Dr. Dave noted on December 3.
After removing NX from her small indoor enclosure for morning treatments, the veterinary team decided to wait until later in the week to perform the radiographs.
Since her shoulder is still slightly swollen, Dr. Dave anticipates that a few more days of healing will really enable the team to make a better assessment of the injury.
NX was bright, alert, and feisty when the team cleaned her wounds and administered her medications during morning treatments.
December 6 update
Dr. Miranda reports that NX is doing well — the subcutaneous emphysema over her chest seems to be getting much better.
NX did eat last night and kept her meal down.
Since NX is eating well, the veterinary team will be putting her p.m. medications in her food to avoid having to grab her up twice a day.
December 7 update
Dr. Dave reports that NX continues to remain bright and alert.
She did eat last night, though not all of her food — the untouched food contained her evening medications.
Dr. Dave and team will be catching NX up tonight to ensure she receives her medications.
The vet staff will also get a current weight on her, using an XXL “raptor wrapper” that someone recently made for the Center!
On a different note, Wildlife Center staff did get a transmitter “check-in” over the weekend after Dr. Dave put the transmitter out in the sun to recharge. The data shows that NX did travel to Ophelia on November 30 and was hanging around the woods and fields surrounding the road where she was found on December 1. We are not able to pinpoint when NX was likely hit by a vehicle within that 24-hour time frame.
We do know that NX was rescued by Northumberland County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Officer Kevin Keeve. Kevin has worked for the Sheriff’s office for 16 years, and January will mark two years since he transitioned to Animal Control. NX is the third eagle he has rescued in 2011; the other two came from the Wicomico and Heathsville areas. “I enjoy my job,” he said. “It’s a job that involves a lot of emotion, but I enjoy it.” Deputy Keeve responded to the 10:46 p.m. call about an injured eagle on December 1 and was there to capture NX at 11:01 p.m.
December 8 update
Nixy continues down the road to recovery. She ate everything last night and once again kept her food down.
The vets will check out her GI tract again on radiographs, which will be taken on December 9, but at this point,
Dr. Dave anticipates that they will not need to scope NX.
Nixy was weighed today [wrapped up tightly in a canvas "raptor wrapper"] and is 3.55 kg.
While this is down from her initial weight on December 2, the veterinary team isn’t concerned.
Her initial weight included her transmitter [80 grams] and a crop full of rancid deer meat [which she regurgitated on her first night in the hospital].
Also given the fact that she had to be fasted prior to radiographs, the vets aren’t surprised that NX’s weight has decreased a bit.
She’ll likely put that weight back on in a matter of days as she continues to recover.
December 9 update
Nixy was anesthetized this morning for another series of radiographs.
Dr. Miranda and Dr. Dave closely examined NX’s left coracoid and were able to definitively confirm a fracture today.
Not only is her coracoid fractured, but it has “avulsed” – meaning that the fractured portion of bone has actually been pulled away by the tension of a ligament or a tendon.
Dr. Miranda replaced the body wrap on NX, which is securely holding her left wing against her body. The wrap will remain on for the next two weeks. Another set of radiographs will be taken during the week of December 19.
The veterinary team hope to see evidence of healing by that point – the fractured area may form a callous, or her body may actually absorb the chunk of bone that has pulled away from the fracture.
NX’s right eye injury is unchanged at this point, though her lacerations are healing nicely.
The carpal wound on her right “wrist” is still swollen, but continues to slowly heal.
Dr. Miranda noted that NX’s GI tract looked “much happier” on radiographs today, indicating that no scoping would be needed at this time.
MORE INFO, PHOTOS here
December 12, 2012 update
Nixy continues to remain bright, alert, and feisty. She is eating well and finished up her course of medications over the weekend.
Dr. Miranda decided to change the treatment procedure for NX’s right carpal [wrist] wound.
Saturday, Dr. Miranda applied a small, moist bandage to the area in hopes of encouraging the dry, scabby wound to heal more efficiently.
December 14 update
Nixy weighed in at 3.82 kgs today — she continues to eat well. The wound on her right carpus continues to heal slowly.
Dr. Miranda is checking and changing the small dressing over her wound daily.
December 19 update
Nixy weighed in at 3.96 kg on December 18. She continues to eat well and continues to be feisty as well!
Treatment of her right carpal wound continues. Another set of radiographs are scheduled for December 20.
December 20 update
Nixy was anesthetized this morning for another set of radiographs. Dr. Miranda reports that the coracoid avulsion is healing.
It’s too soon to tell if the piece of bone is re-attaching or if it will be reabsorbed, as the healing is still taking place.
An additional development:
radiographs also revealed boney changes taking place on the head of NX’s left humerus.
At this point, it’s too soon to tell what that may mean – it could be possible joint involvement with her shoulder injury, or it could just be another stage of healing.
Only time will tell as the coracoid fracture heals.
Dr. Miranda is happy with NX’s range of motion in this wing, meaning that Dr. Miranda can’t feel any sort of major issues in the shoulder.
NX will remain indoors in a body wrap for one more week. After that, the wrap will be taken off and the veterinary team will monitor her.
Radiographs will be taken again during the first week of January.
December 23, 2011
The vet staff continue to catch up NX each day to monitor her bandages and change as needed.
NX continues to eat well — she’s now weighing in at 4.09 kgs!
December 28, 2011
The veterinary team caught up NX this morning to remove her body wrap — diagnostic intern Katie reports that NX continues to remain very feisty.
Dr. Miranda removed the body wrap and was pleased with the extension of NX’s injured wing.
She left “bumpers” [protective bandages] on NX’s carpi [wrists] to protect the injured area on the right carpus and to prevent any injuries to the left carpus, now that NX is free to flap that wing.
Dr. Miranda would like to keep NX inside until the next set of radiographs next week, but if NX becomes too jumpy and active indoors, the veterinary team will move her to a small outdoor enclosure.
December 30, 2011
Dr. Miranda reports that the wounds on NX’s right carpus are healing well; all but one wound has scabbed and healed.
The veterinary team continues to check the protective bumpers on NX’s wings each day to ensure that they are intact, this prevents NX from aggravating any carpal injuries.
NX is still quite feisty and is a challenge to catch-up, but Dr. Miranda is still comfortable with keeping her inside until the next set of radiographson January 3.
If radiographs look good, the plan will be to move NX to a small outdoor enclosure.
NX will also receive an ophthalmic examination to check on her right eye injury on January 3.
January 3, 2012 update
NX was anesthetized on the morning of January 3 for another set of radiographs.
Dr. Miranda reports that the avulsed piece of bone in NX’s injured shoulder is healing and appears to be reattaching.
While NX’s left shoulder still appears to be “dropped” a little on the radiograph,
Dr. Miranda is pleased with NX’s range of motion and how that shoulder feels.
The boney changes in the humeral head appear to be unchanged from prior radiographs.
The veterinary team will continue to monitor on future x-rays. NX’s eye injury is also resolved –
Dr. Miranda says that the vitreal fracture in NX’s right eye has healed.
After recovering from anesthesia, NX was moved to one of the Center’s “C-pens” – a small outdoor enclosure for raptors that are not quite ready to be moved into a flight pen. Enclosures in this complex measure about 8’ x 16’ and are large enough for birds to hop and flap to different perches, but are not large enough for flight. At this point, the Center vet and rehabilitation staff do not want NX to over-extend her healing shoulder and wing by flying.
NX is scheduled for another set of radiographs on Monday, January 16. Pending satisfactory radiographs, she will then be moved into a flight pen.
January 6 update
NX continues to rest comfortably in her outdoor enclosure. Dr. Miranda and team have been checking her daily — to monitor her appearance and also check that she has her carpal “bumpers” intact. Since NX has been keeping her protective bumpers on, the team has (fortunately) not had to catch-up NX since she was placed outside. The rehab staff are feeding NX one rat and one fish each day.
January 10 update
Thanks to Dr. Miranda’s heavy-duty protective bumpers on NX, the veterinary team still hasn’t had to catch-up NX in her outdoor enclosure. She continues to eat well.
January 16 update
NX came into the Wildlife Center hospital today for another set of radiographs. Dr. Miranda is pleased by how well the avulsion fracture is healing – the little chunk of fractured bone continues to reattach itself. NX’s range of motion in her injured wing is good, and no additional changes were spotted on the head of her humerus [a potential concern on the December 20 radiographs].
Since the Center is currently housing three mature Bald Eagles in each of its A-pens, some “eagle shuffling” will need to be done in order to get NX into a large flight pen.
The rehabilitation and vet staff will be working on that Tuesday January 17, and plan on moving NX into A2 if all goes well.
NX is currently weighing in at 4.45 kg [a 450 gram gain since her December admission date], though the staff expect to see that weight decrease once she becomes more active again in a flight pen!
NIXY is ON LIVE CAM!
January 19 update NX was moved into a flight pen on Tuesday, January 17. The swinging perches in the A2 enclosure have been lowered to about 5′-6′ high, so that she doesn’t have to work too hard to make it up to the perches after her six weeks of rest and recovery. NX has been spotted flying the length of the flight pen, though appears to tire quickly — which is to be expected at this point.
Dr. Miranda opted to keep the “industrial-strength” carpal “bumpers” on NX,
just to ensure that her “wrists” are protected as she adjusts to the flight pen. They don’t hinder her ability to fly.
Its good to see Nixy again! She flew across the floor. A bit odd.
Then she jumped to Aperch under swing, then aimed and jumped to the swing.
A minimum of wing work.
Wing guards removed!
January 30, 2012 update by Amanda, WCV
NX was caught up today for a bi-weekly foot and feather check and weigh-in.
Dr. Miranda also inspected NX’s tattered bumpers and opted to remove them for the time being
while observing how NX gets around in the flight pen.
The veterinary team report that NX’s current weight is 4.25 kg, and feet are in good condition.
Cam viewers may have noticed that NX is still missing one of the feathers on her left wing that she was missing back in August 2011 – feather #9.
Feather #6 on her left wing is also broken (noted by the veterinary team weeks ago),
but feather #8, which was broken in August, is new.
The next foot and feather check will be on February 13.
The veterinary team will also take another set of radiographs then, just to check on the healing progress of NX’s injured shoulder.
Nixy was released after her check to fly to the back of the pen.
Instead she turned and chased after the vets! LOL!
February 2, 2012
8.25 am HOLY COW! . A white mouse is eating NX's dinner!
I Saw him run in from right side boards!
WCV Staff better make sure the rats they serve are DEAD!
Even if Nixy doesnt see it, surely she can hear it, but she does nufin!
I can see by the water in her tub, its pouring rain there.
8.29 She sees it and pounces on her dinner. Duno bout mouse.
February 14 update
Dr. Adam reports that NX is in good body condition and currently weighs 4.18 kgs.
Several of her feathers are “in blood” — meaning that they are growing in to replace the previously damaged feathers that were there.
The Center’s digital radiology server was functioning again today, so the veterinarians were able to interpret yesterday’s radiographs.
NX’s shoulder fracture continues to heal — there is a nice callous around the avulsion fracture.
NX’s left shoulder is still “dropped” in comparison to her right shoulder on radiographs – which will probably be a permanent position.
This does not appear to be affecting NX’s wing extension or range of motion.
The vets are also able to see some boney changes at the end of NX’s left humerus, near the elbow. This is likely mechanical – caused by her healing shoulder.
The team would like to re-radiograph NX in a month to assess her injury and ensure there are no additional boney changes in the wing.
February 13 radiographs images on link
February 27 update
NX was caught up for a foot and feather check today, as well as a weight-check.
Dr. Miranda reports that NX is molting — which is why some eagle-eyed Critter Cam watchers have noticed some of her additional missing feathers.
On her left wing, NX has two primary feathers “in blood” — and many of her tertiary feathers (wing feathers closest to her body) are also currently growing in.
NX’s right wing has two primary feathers growing in.
Her feet were cleaned and a little bit of “New Skin” was applied to small cracks on her third digits of each foot — just to provide a little extra protection.
It is not uncommon to find small cracks on raptor feet at this time of year.
At this point, the veterinary team is not concerned — just very proactive in protecting any small foot lesions.
NX weighed in today at 4.20 kg.
Nixy Exercise Program BEgins
March 12 update
NX was caught up and brought into the Wildlife Center this morning for another series of radiographs, and the Center’s vets were pleased with what they saw.
The avulsion fracture in NX’s left shoulder continues to heal gradually and although there are still some bony changes visible at the end of her humerus,
the Center’s vets still attribute these to the healing fracture.
Her left shoulder is still dropped noticeably, but NX demonstrated a good range of motion in the joint and the Center’s
vets agreed that there is a good possibility that NX will begin regular exercise later this month.
March 13 update
The Center’s veterinary staff consulted with the rehabilitation staff this morning and they agreed that it was time for NX to begin exercising daily.
NX’s inaugural session today and every morning. NX will begin with easy exercise (only a few lengths of her enclosure at a time)
and if she continues to respond postively to her daily “workouts”, she will have her regimen increased.
NX exercisin March 14
March 31 NX was moved to pen A3 and flew high and perched on the high tower perches.
April 2 she was exercised and flew beautifully! New cam!
Nixy exercised April 3, 2012 and teased Suzy the vet, danced the 2 step with Suzy, but wouldnt fly. After Suzy left she flew fine - on her own terms.
March 26 update
NX was scheduled for a regular “foot and feather” check today, but the vet staff are opting to bump this for a couple of days. That’s because the goal is to get NX moved into flight pen A3 sometime in the next week — though the staff will need to do some major “eagle shuffling”, not to mention cam shuffling! Dr. Dave feels that it will be better to assess NX in a longer flight pen — the length of A3 is about 15 feet longer than A2, and of course is much, much higher. Stay tuned for more updates on when the move will occur!
April 2 update
NX was moved to A3 on March 31. The rehabilitation staff report that NX appears to be utilizing the entire pen — she is able to gain height while flying and is occasionally perching on the high “raptor tower” perches. If NX perches on these structures too often … it could be difficult to exercise her!
A Critter Cam was set up in NX’s pen in advance of her move — rather than attempting to cover the entire 96′-long pen, the cam is mounted under the “Raptor Tower”. When NX is on the south side of A3, she will be in view — though in this large enclosure, may still be difficult to see! The staff is not able to pan this Critter Cam.
April 10 update
NX was caught up today for radiographs — just to check on the status of her healing shoulder. Everything appeared within normal limits and Dr. Miranda reports that NX has a normal range of motion in both wings. NX’s third toe on her left foot had a small crack on it; the veterinary team applied New Skin as well as some ointment to both feet. They’ll continue to monitor her during the bi-weekly foot and feather checks.
April 16 update
NX’s latest set of radiographs [April 10] show signs of improvement – the shoulder injury and all of the associated issues with that injury have been healing nicely. The boney changes that were first seen in NX’s humerus in February show much improvement, and the joint spaces of both shoulders appear appropriate. Dr. Miranda is not expecting that future radiographs will be needed.
With that in mind, the veterinary team is thinking ahead toward NX’s ultimate release. NX is currently flying the length of A3 about 5-6 times during each exercise session; while the team would like to see her flying more, NX is proving to be a very stubborn bird. The rehabilitation staff will continue to exercise NX and monitor her progress. On April 17, NX will be moved to A1 – and will be living with Bald Eagle #11-0136. The staff hope that having an adult eagle roommate will convince NX to fly more.
In the meantime, Dr. Dave has been in touch with DGIF eagle biologist Jeff Cooper about NX’s transmitter. Dr. Dave would like to get the transmitter back on NX prior to Release Day – so that she has some weeks to adjust to the “GPS backpack” again. Jeff Cooper will be out sometime during the week of April 16 for the transmitter fitting.
At this point, the Center has not set a release date or timeframe for NX – the staff would like to get the transmitter on her, and continue to exercise and condition NX for release.
NX April 13
April 17 update
NX was moved to flight pen A1 and was introduced to Bald Eagle #11-0136 — all seems to be going well so far. Both birds have been seen flying the length of the enclosure and sitting on the same perch. With all the latest Critter Cam shuffling and the transition to the webcam network, the staff need to acquire an additional length of cable to hook up a cam in A1. The staff hope to have this done by the end of this week.
An overview of the A3 set-up on this link
WVC plans to use the high porch for raising eagle / raptor nestlings
NX and her new roommate
April 18 update
Day 2 of rooming with Peary is going well.
Nixy flew today the length of A1 ten times this morning.
This is the most flight the staff have been able to coax out of her yet.
Nixy is so self-willed she wont fly for them, she just sits - or walks.
April 23 update
NX was caught up today for a foot and feather check, as well as a weigh-in.
NX’s current weight is 4.30 kg. Dr. Adam reports that all is well with NX,
many of her tail feathers are “in blood” meaning they are growing in from her annual molt.
Nixy flew the length of the A-pen several times during her catch-up.
Since moving in with Peary, NX has been flying much more, averaging about 10 to 15 lengths of the 100 foot-long enclosure.
Dr. Dave is coordinating with the DGIF eagle biologist to schedule a date when NX will be fitted with her GPS transmitter.
Dr. Dave would like to get the transmitter back on NX prior to Release Day so that she has some weeks to adjust to the “GPS backpack” again.
April 25 update
The DGIF eagle biologist will be coming to the Wildlife Center to fit NX with her GPS transmitter again.
Live webcam featuring various birds, animals
WVC patient #11-0136 Camp Peary Bald Eagle
May 2, 2012
April 26 Nixy update
Nixy was caught-up this morning and brought into the hospital so that the DGIF eagle biologist and staff could fit her with her GPS transmitter.
First, NX’s feet were wrapped with vet wrap — to keep everyone safe during the process!
Nixy was soooo cute in her little mukluks!
The fitting went well, and NX was returned to A1 with her Bald Eagle “roommate”.
Peary was released May 1, so Nixy is alone again - for now.
May 9 update
NX has been flying well for the past couple of weeks — it appears having an adult eagle roommate encourages her to fly more than when she’s housed solo!
The veterinary team caught NX up on May 7 for a foot and feather check and weight check — all is within normal limits.
NX continues to molt — she has two blood feathers growing in on her left wing, three on the right, and four tail feathers “in blood.”
On May 10, NX will play a special part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of flight pen A3.
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech and
Bob Duncan, Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
NX will be moved into A3 once again when the ribbon-cutting ceremony is over, while the
Chesapeake Bald Eaglet is moved into the Raptor Tower portion of the flight pen.
May 11 update
NX was moved into A3 on May 10, after the special ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the new flight pen.
Already NX has been spotted on the two high perches in the enclosure, checking out her new young eagle roommate
the Chesapeake eaglet that is being housed in a nest in the raptor tower.
Her most recent adult roommate, Bald Eagle #12-0001 (also from Chesapeake) will be moved into A3 today.
Check out the video from yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. NX announces her presence as she reaches A3!
Chesapeake adult eagle
Chesapeake Bald Eaglet about 6 weeks old
She will be released to the wild (for the 3rd time ) May 16, Wednesday.
WVC moved 2 young eaglet nestlings into their new raptor tower.
Nixy is trying to join them.
May 14 update
NX has been flying well in A3 for the past few days – overall, she’s been flying the length of her enclosures approximately 10-12 times during each exercise session since mid-April.
The staff are pleased with her recovery from her December 2011 injury.
With medical clearance from the veterinary staff, a Wednesday, May 16 release is being planned for NX.
She will be returned to the Northern Neck area of Virginia. This release will not be open to the public,
though photos will be taken and will be added to the Center’s website as soon as possible after the release.
video of Nixy
May 16, 2012 RELEASE DAY!
Bald Eagle NX was caught up this morning at about 8:30 a.m. for release.
Dr. Miranda brought NX into the hospital and placed protective bumpers on her “wrists” before placing her in her travel crate.
The protective bumpers are piece of soft foam padding, designed to cushion NX’s wings during travel. The bumpers will be removed prior to her release.
12:20 p.m. update:
Wildlife Center President Ed Clark called in to report “from the field” — NX’s release went very well.
She was released at 12:10 p.m. at the Rapphannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Ed reports that NX flew 75 yards into a tall tree, and sat there for about five minutes, taking in her surroundings.
She then flew through the woods, over an estuary, and into the forest, out of sight. According to Ed, NX did “everything she’s supposed to do!”
RELEASE PHOTOS by Jim Deal
LISTEN to the story of Nixy on local radio! Hear her sing like a canary prior to her release!
Wildlife Center Releases Bald Eagle NX
On Wednesday, May 16, the Wildlife Center of Virginia released Bald Eagle NX [#11-0475] at the Rapphannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife Center President Ed Clark and veterinary director Dr. Dave McRuer drove NX to the release site, and gathered with a small group of people for the release. In attendance were two individuals involved in her December 2011 rescue — Officer Kevin Keeve, the animal control officer who captured NX, and Diana O’Connor, the permitted rehabilitator who initially stabilized the injured eagle.
NX was released at about 12:10 p.m. by Dr. Dave. NX flew 75 yards into a tall tree, and sat there for about five minutes, taking in her surroundings. She then flew through the woods, over an estuary, and into the forest, out of sight. According to Ed, NX did “everything she’s supposed to do!”
PHOTOS by Jim Deal, his property, so I cant take one
I cant find his Email either
Wildlife Center of Virginia Releases Bald Eagle NX
This is a wonderful video - you can hear Nixy calling!
LOOK at Nixy's beautiful plumage! She is a year old.
NX was released on May 16at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge — about 32 miles west of where she was rescued in Northumberland County in December 2011. NX’s transmitter battery was fully charged when placed on her again in late April 2012, though the Wildlife Center staff believe that some charge was lost while she was perching in the Center’s shaded flight pens. While NX’s reports can come in as often as every 48 hours, the transmitter may need additional time to charge up again in the field.
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
May 18: Two days on her own, and NX already checked in!
According to the map, NX is still at the wildlife refuge where she was released on May 16.
She is within a mile of the release site, but has been exploring the forest and estuary over the past two days.
It appears as though we are missing a little data from the afternoon of May 16 to the afternoon of May 17 — this is likely before her battery was fully charged by the sun.
May 21 update
NX checked in twice since the last update — on May 19 and again on May 21.
On May 19, NX headed west from the release location to the banks of the Rapphannock River.
Today’s check-in shows that she is still by the river, and has just spent more time exploring. She is just north of Mulberry Island.
May 23 update
NX spent the last two days on the same beach, just traveled further south. She is about a mile from her release site
May 25 update
NX is still in the same area, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
She’s clearly been flying around a lot in the past two days!
May 30 update
Nixy is still within a mile or so of the release site trekking northward.
As of this morning, she was hanging out on Burnett Creek, and is just to the south of a small summit named Bald Eagle Hill.
Overview of all post-release travels to date June 2012
June 7 update: Many NX followers were eager to hear where NX was during the June 7 Bald Eagle release at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
It turns out that NX was still near the beach — about 3/4 of a mile from the release site.
June 1 update
NX checked-in today — still hanging around the Rapphannock! She’s moved away from the creek and went back to the beach just north of Mulberry Island.
June 3 update
Different day, same area — NX continues to explore the banks of the Rappahannock.
June 11 update: NX checked-in on June 9 and on June 11 — still hanging out around the same area! It looks like NX took a short trip over the Rappahannock River on June 8 — and after she got halfway across, turned around and came back.
June 13 update: NX ventured off on another short trip over half of the Rappahannock in the past two days. This part of the river is just a little more than a mile wide.
June 14 update: Although NX check-ins should occur every 48 hours, for some reason, we received another check-in on June 14! Same spot, different day — NX continues to explore the banks of the Rappahannock.
June 26 update: NX checked in on June 25 — and has moved about 1/2 mile to the south.
July 2 update
On Friday, June 29, most areas in western, central, and northern Virginia were subject to severe storms. see this link for storms
Judging from the data from NX’s tracking, it was a very strong storm — so strong, that NX ended up off the coast of Africa on her June 30 check-in!
In all seriousness, we do know that many cell towers were down or experiencing difficulties throughout the weekend in Virginia — so there are some “bad” data points in NX’s tracking. In looking at the reasonable data points, it appears as though NX spent the evening of June 29 a little bit inland (marked by the red star below). On today’s check-in, she had resumed her river-side wandering.
July 10 update
NX checked in today — still flying around the same area. At her precise moment of check-in, she was flying over the Rappahannock River at about 219 feet.
July 13 update
NX has left the county! Between NX’s July 10 and July 12 check-in, NX flew west over the Rappahannock River into Essex County.
At her July 12 check-in, she was hanging out near a body of water just 1/3 mile north of Sluice Creek.
Nixy had been hanging out in the same area since her last release from WCV.
September 7, 2012 I see I have been remiss in tracking Nixy! But she's stayed in the same area.
NX is still hanging out on the Rappahannock River, in the same area where she’s been for the past couple of weeks.
At her point of check-in today she was actually on the other side of the river, in Westmoreland County.
She is still exploring the Rappahannock River in Westmoreland and Essex Counties.
September 10 update
Nixy checked in on Sunday, September 9 — she’s moved further north! Between September 7 and September 9, NX flew about 15 miles to the north in Westmoreland County — toward Colonial Beach.
September 11 update
NX is still just outside of Colonial Beach. Over the past two days, she’s been exploring the western side of Westmoreland County and briefly crossed into King George County near Rosier Creek. According to HookandBullet.com, Rosier Creek is a good fishing spot, full of a variety of fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill.
September 14 update
Nixy checked in on September 13 — and is still to the west of Colonial Beach. NX has been flying over Rosier Creek, and according to Google Earth, even flew over a place called Shady Lane Seafood Carry-Out!
November 1, 2012
Bald Eagle NX missed her scheduled check-in on October 29 due to Hurricane Sandy but checked in 3 days later.
So, where did she go during the storm? Nixy flew 2.5 miles south from Baber Point on the evening of October 28.
On October 29 and 30 when Virginia was hit with high winds and rain of the hurricane NX was in a wooded area just north of Rosier Creek.
On October 31, she returned to some of her regular hang-out spots on Rosier Creek. It appears as though NX weathered the storm just fine!
December 14, 2012
Nixy checked in after a week and a day of no communication - she's been exploring the Machodoc Creek.
December 6 - west of Wood Island
December 1 - It looks as though NX has flown north again - over the past two days, she flew about 6.5 miles, back to the Upper Machodoc Creek.
Norfolk Botanical Garden eagle nests removed Crying or Very sad
October 3, 2012 To my surprise, the nest Nixy was born (hatched) in was removed, and her parents will not be permitted to re-build in the male's territory of many years. Sad.
August 2013 I emailed NBG to ask if donations are off.
People should NOT punish the beautiful gardens for what the airport did to our eagles.
They replied -
Thank you so much for your interest in the Garden.
We are sure there are a number of eagle fans that have decided to not renew their membership and we are no longer receiving major donations for the eagle cam. However, we still do have many eagle fans that visit the Garden for a hope of a glimpse of DAD eagle who we do site periodically.
The eagle cam was a wonderful education program that is missed by many including NBG staff and
we appreciate the time we had with the eagle family.
Thanks again for your support of our beautiful garden. Cathy
Cathy Fitzgerald, Director of Donor Relations
(757) 441-5830 ext. 319
November 21, 2014 NX checked in from King George County, near Chestnut Hill VA. This location is just about two-and-a-half miles from her check-in spot three weeks ago.
In general, a Bald Eagle’s daily activity depends on the age of the bird and the season. According to the Birds of North America online, some studies suggest that immature eagles only spend about two to five percent of each day [24 hour period] in flight. More than half of their time is spent roosting, and about a third of their time is spent perching.
Nixy survives and is still phoning home
4-year-old Nixy is doing well! 70% of eaglets dont survive their first year, Nixy is making it, despite having no parents to learn from.
August 17, 2015 The Virginian-Pilot
Whatever Happened to NX, the eagle rescued from its nest at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
The blips on computer maps show NX survives and is still phoning home.
No one has actually seen her since May 2012.
3 eaglets became wildlife stars after their mother was killed in a 2011 collision with a plane.
Rescued from their nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden, reared by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, NX was outfitted with a solar charging tracking device which relays GPS signals.
NX has pretty much remained in Virginia.
4 year old Nixy might have a boyfriend!
She needs to continue Mom n Dad Norfolks line!
At 5 years old, NX will be mature enough to mate. Some females mate at age 4. Her head and tail feathers have surely turned white - the trademarks of an adult bald eagle.
Calling all photographers!!!!!
Happy anniversary, NX, she is 4 years old
May 16, 2016 Today is the 4 year anniversary of NX's 2012 release at Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. To celebrate, NX checked in a day early! As of May 15, Bald Eagle NX was in Maryland, at Chapel Point State Park in Charles County. According to their website, "Chapel Point State Park is located on the beautiful Tobacco River, a tributary of the Potomac River.
At this point, Nixy definitely has many white head feathers growing in.