On Monday I posted photographs of a common merganser (Mergus merganser) speeding through the water while leaving a wake like a motorboat. (Common Merganser Courtship?? 05-01-2017) Meanwhile. . . . an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) was following the merganser. … Continue reading
This breeding season was a good one for American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Many juveniles are swimming among their elders at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA), where this photograph was taken. Like adults, a juvenile American white pelican appears entirely … Continue reading
I certainly misinterpreted something I saw at Baum Lake. Throughout the spring I have been watching the pelicans at the lake in the hope of seeing some chicks or nesting adults. When I saw these pelicans with their dark grey … Continue reading
Male and female American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) develop a fibrous keel (knob or horn) on their culmen (top bill) during the breeding season. The keels can be up to two inches high. After the pelicans mate and lay their … Continue reading
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American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) lay one to six white eggs on a low mound built from mud and debris, usually on marshy islands. These monogamous birds nest in colonies. Try as I may, I cannot find pelican nests. Although I … Continue reading
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A friend called the other day on her cell phone. She just passed a bald eagle sitting on a pole with its wings spread out. It never closed its wings and she wanted to know why it was sitting that … Continue reading