Inland Brown Pelicans this summer
Brown Pelicans seem to be wandering inland more than usual this summer.
There was one perched on my neighbor's picnic table 11 miles inland here in
Carmel Valley a few weeks back. I also saw 10 at San Luis Reservoir last
Saturday--more Brown than White Pelicans. I read a news item that suggested
there is a baitfish population crash offshore, and many juvenile Brown
Pelicans are starving this summer. There are certainly lots of dead ones on
beaches here in Monterey County. In any case, it would be good to try to
document as many of these inland occurrences as possible in eBird (
www.ebird.org), so if you see one please enter it into the database.
The current map of recent sightings shows a number of birds inland:
Zoom in on the map and click the 'show points sooner' option on the right
to interact with data points.
*Brian L. Sullivan
eBird/AKN Project Leader *
Birds of North America Online
North American Birds
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