Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

Oh waaaay up there: The northern breeding range of the Brown Pelican

People generally know Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) as large shore birds distinctive of the humid subtropical Gulf of Mexico Coast or of palm-lined California beaches.  In fact, however, there are active nesting colonies as far north as Virginia, and pelicans have been found breeding now close to the Maryland-Delaware border.  These large fish-eating birds can be seen skimming the shoreline for fish and prominently displaying their  incredible 8 foot wingspan.  The photo below is of two Brown Pelicans flying low along the Oceanview Beach in Norfolk, Virginia on a sunny and unusually warm January afternoon.

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One response to “Oh waaaay up there: The northern breeding range of the Brown Pelican

  1. Helene May 9, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Syodr!J’apoooomae la broche…Vite, vite montre nous en plus!Dit au fait je voudrais te faire un petit bijoux pour te remercier pour la zabounette et aussi parce que j’en ai envie, contacte moi….

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