Pam Monahan of Virginia Beach reported to the United States Geological Survey information that she was able to glean from this eagle's leg band as the bird flew over Honey Bee Golf Course.
Monahan saw the bird several times before she was able to pick out the letters “HK" on the purple leg band.
Monahan was familiar with the youngsters banded at nests in Norfolk Botanical Garden and was sure she had found one of the garden's juveniles.
She reported the information to the Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Laboratory that keeps track of banded birds across the United States: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/.
The Geological Survey responded with a certificate of appreciation with the information that the eagle was indeed a male banded at the 2009 eagle nest at Norfolk Botanical Garden.
This time of year is a great time to see banded birds, because not only are eagles making themselves known close up, but banded snow geese and other waterfowl also are around in the southern part of the Virginia Beach.
If you see a banded bird, use your binoculars to try to pick out the letters or numbers and don’t forget to note the band’s color.
Forward the information to the website and look forward to hearing a little bit about your bird’s background.
“It thought it was quite an interesting process,” Monahan said.