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Re: [Mendobirds] 1000 pelicans

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  • Kate Marianchild
    Would anchovies be in the river? I understand the river has been cut off from the ocean by a sand bar for a month or two. Kate
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 31, 2006
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      Would anchovies be in the river? I understand the river has been cut
      off from the ocean by a sand bar for a month or two.

      Kate

      On Jul 31, 2006, at 4:54 PM, Ray_Bosch@... wrote:

      > There have been reports of a superabundance of anchovies this year,
      > including die-off in the Eel River and Salt Creek due to presumed low
      > oxygen in water to support anchovy. Could something similar be
      > happening
      > in Gualala that is attracting pelicans, and explain their behavior?
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      > Ray Bosch
      > Biologist, Endangered Species Program
      > USFWS Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office
      > 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521-4573
      > land line: (707) 822-7201 fax: (707) 822-8411
      > email: ray.bosch@... http://www.fws.gov/arcata
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      > John E Hunter
      > To: Ray
      > Bosch/AFWO/R1/FWS/DOI@FWS, Jim H Watkins/AFWO/R1/FWS/DOI@FWS, Gary
      > 07/31/2006 03:29
      > Falxa/AFWO/R1/FWS/DOI@FWS
      > PM cc:
      > Subject: Fw:
      > [Mendobirds] 1000 pelicans
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      > Lots of Brown Pelicans around this summer-here is another report.
      >
      > John E. Hunter
      > Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office
      > 1655 Heindon Road
      > Arcata, CA 95521
      > 707-822-7201 (phone)
      > 707-822-8136 (fax)
      > John_E_Hunter@...
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      > ----- Forwarded by John E Hunter/AFWO/R1/FWS/DOI on 07/31/2006 03:27 PM
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      > Kate Marianchild
      > <katem@...> To: Mendobirds
      > <Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent by: cc:
      > Mendobirds@yahoo Subject: [Mendobirds]
      > 1000 pelicans
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      > 07/31/2006 01:27
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      > Barbara Pratt, who works at the Gualala Art Center, told me there have
      > been about 1000 pelicans feeding in the Gualala River near the sandbar
      > for a couple of weeks. They are standing and dipping their beaks and
      > swallowing something. Anyone know what they would be eating? She's
      > never seen this before, but thinks she might have just missed it.
      >
      > Kate
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    • Kate Marianchild
      That s nice to know about. I hope you re right. I don t like to think they re eating salmon fry, which several people have hypothesized. Kate
      Message 2 of 3 , Aug 14 11:34 AM
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        That's nice to know about. I hope you're right. I don't like to think
        they're eating salmon fry, which several people have hypothesized.

        Kate


        On Aug 14, 2006, at 11:22 AM, Jim_H_Watkins@... wrote:

        > Don't know if this has been discussed yet; however, pelicans often
        > participate in "bill washing", where they dip their bills and wash them
        > out. Any chance this could be the behavior? Are they actually
        > swallowing
        > something other than water? The "bill washing" behavior usually
        > happens in
        > fresh water, which could explain why they are using the Gualala River.
        >
        > Jim
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        > Jim Watkins
        > U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
        > 1655 Heindon Road
        > Arcata, California 95521
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        > Phone: (707) 822-7201
        > Fax: (707) 822-8411
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