Eagles at the Garden Timeline

A history of the eagles at the Garden.

2003

  • A pair of eagles begin building a nest near the Matson Garden in the fall.

2004

  • 2 eggs hatched around March 22.
  • Both eaglets fledged on May 31.

2005

  • One egg hatched March 19.
  • Eaglet fledged May 30.
  • Eagle cam installed November 14, prior to 2006 nesting season.

2006

  • Eagle cam begins operation
  • 3 eggs laid between February 2-5. Eggs hatched between March 12-16
  • First eaglet fledged June 1.  Other two fledged on June 2.

2007

  • 1st egg laid on January 31. Hatched March 10. Female
  • 2nd egg laid on February 3. Hatched March 13. Male
  • 3rd egg laid on February 7. Hatched March 15. Male
  • Eaglets are banded by Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary on April 17. (sex of eagle determined at this time)
  • 2 older eaglets fledged June 1.  Younger male eaglet fledged June 2.
  • Adult eagles begin new nest in a tree 400 feet to the north of the original nest in September
  • Camera moved and infrared light added to new nest tree on Dec. 13, 2007

2008

    American bald eagle at Norfolk Botanical Garden by MP PruchaAmerican bald eagle at Norfolk Botanical Garden by MP Prucha
  • New nest completed in January.
  • 1st egg laid on February 1
  • 2nd egg laid on February 4.
  • Intruder female eagle disrupted incubation on February 14
  • Resident female eagle disappeared February 16 – eggs not viable.
  • Eggs removed from nest February 19
  • Intruder female departed – NBG female returned unharmed February 22
  • 1st egg of second clutch laid on March 16.
  • 2nd egg of second clutch laid on March 19
  • Something agitated female on the night of March 20 – she jumped up and broke both eggs.
  • 3rd egg of second clutch laid on March 22 .  Hatched April 27. Male.
  • Growth noticed on eaglet’s beak on May 17
  • Eaglet removed from nest for examination and biopsy on May 22, then transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for care and recovery of Avian Pox.  For more details about the disease and recovery see Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle page
  • November Adult eagles at NBG began to rebuild old nest.  Camera moved back to original location.

2009

  • The first egg laid on February 10.  Hatched March 21.  Male.  Band HK
  • A second egg laid on February 13.  Hatched March 22. Female.  Band HH
  • A third egg laid on February 17. Hatched March 25. Female.  Band HE
  • Eagle banding April 22  See photos
  • Satellite transmitter fitted on the middle eaglet (Band HH) – May 20. See photos
    Assigned the name Azalea for tracking purposes.  Track the middle eaglet
  • Oldest eaglet (Band HK) fledged June 3.
  • Youngest eaglet (Band HE) fledged June 8.
  • Middle eaglet (Band HH, Azalea) fledged June 13

2010

  • The first egg was laid on January 31.  Hatched March 11. ID band NC. Male.
  • The second egg was laid on February 3.  Hatched March 13. ID band ND. Male.
  • The third egg was laid on February 6. Hatched March 14. ID band NE. Male
  • Eaglet banded on March 31.  See photos
  • Eaglets banded on May 5, satellite transmitter fitted on oldest eaglet and given name “Camellia” for tracking purposes. See photos
  • Oldest eaglet (band NC) fledged May 27 at 8:09 pm.  78 days old.
  • Middle eaglet (band ND) fledged May 29 at 6:52 am.  78 days old.
  • Youngest eaglet (band NE) fledged May 31 at 12:30 pm.  79 days old.
  • In the fall, the adults begin building a new nest 125 feet to the northwest, near Renaissance Court and Statuary Vista.
  • Eagle cam relocated above new nest December 29.

2011

  • First egg laid February 3, 2011 at 2:49 p.m. Hatched March 13, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.  ID band NZ. Female.
  • Second egg laid February 6, 2011 at 4:25 p.m. Hatched March 15, 2011, around noon. ID band NX. Female
  • Third egg laid February 9, 2011 at 5:55 p.m. (first sighting of egg 8:46 a.m., February 11, 2011). Hatched March 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm. ID band NV. Male.
  • Eaglets banded April 21, 2011 by the Center for Conservation Biology.
  • Adult female eagle struck and killed by plane at Norfolk International Airport, April 26, 2011
  • The three surviving eaglets removed from the nest and sent to Wildlife Center of Virginia, April 27, 2011 to be raised and released to the wild once they are old enough. Learn more about this decision.
  • Eaglets released at Berkley Plantation on July 27, 2011. The release of NX was not successful and she was recovered and cared for WCV for release on a later date.
    Watch video of the eaglet release (DGIF)
    Watch video of the eaglet release (WVEC)
  • NX released at Berkley Plantation on August 30, 2011.
  • Male remains in the Garden
  • New female seen in the Garden with the male starting in mid-September
  • Eagle Tribute Plaza is dedicated on October 15 to honor the late female eagle.
    Eagle Tribute Plaza dedication program.
  • New cams installed at nest in December

2012

  • New female #1 last seen at nest January 6
  • New female #2 arrives and seen at nest January 8-19
  • New female #3 arrives and seen at nest January 20-30
  • Female #2 returns and seen at nest January 31-February 6
  • Female #3 returns and seen at nest February 7-March 8
  • Female #2 seen at nest February 14
  • New Female #4 arrives and seen at nest March 7 – March 30
  • Female #2 seen at nest March 20.
  • Female #2 seen at nest March 27.
  • Female #3 returns and seen at the nest March 30 – April 8.
  • Female #4 returns and seen at nest Arpil 8 – 16.
  • Female #2 returns and seen at nest April 16-22.
  • Female #3 returns and seen at nest April 21-present.
Female eagle #1 of the 2011-12 nesting seasonFemale eagle #1 of the 2011-12 nesting season
Female eagle #3 of the 2012 nesting season. Easily recognized by her darker tail.Female eagle #3 of the 2012 nesting season. Easily recognized by her darker tail.
Female eagle #2 of the 2012 nesting seasonFemale eagle #2 of the 2012 nesting season
Female #4 of the 2012 nesting season. A recognizable dark spot on the top or her head.Female #4 of the 2012 nesting season. A recognizable dark spot on the top or her head.