Oh waaaay up there: The northern breeding range of the Brown Pelican
February 6, 2012
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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.