[Tweeters] Whidbey Island American White Pelicans

George Heleker earthman1950 at whidbey.com
Sat Jul 7 09:41:47 PDT 2018

As occurred the past two years, there has been a sharp increase in pelicans
at Deer Lagoon in July. The two previous years saw the increase on the 13th
of July, and this year, after the numbers were usually less than 50, and on
some days none at all, the increase started on the 5th of July and
continued to grow to 210 this morning, the 7th of July, about the same
number as the past two years. Also, over the past two years, it appeared
that the large increase in numbers in July was the result of many of the
Padilla Bay birds flying to the lagoon to join the others for the rest of
the summer. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what happened again. It is
impossible to count these birds accurately when they are all gathered on an
island..........there are always more than there appears to be, but if one
wants to count them accurately, they can hope that the birds will fly from
one location to another in the marsh in several groups which makes them
easy to count.

George Heleker
Whidbey Island

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