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.
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.
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!”
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!”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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