West Seattle wildlife: Finally a photo of the pelican

Just out of the WSB inbox – thanks to Alec for sharing a photo of an unusual sight in this area: A brown pelican. We’ve had scattered reports of one in the area for some days now, but this is the first photo we’ve seen/received, and now that we’re seeing it, it’s definitely a juvenile (mature brown pelicans take on more of a gray tinge, with a dingy-white head). On the open seacoast, they’re not rare – we’ve seen them from Ocean Shores to San Diego – but inland Puget Sound is rather out of the way.

7 Replies to "West Seattle wildlife: Finally a photo of the pelican"

  • Tracee Geernaert December 20, 2012 (12:45 pm)

    Hey all, Brown Pelicans are very numerous this year. I was in Victoria for the Christmas Bird Count last Sat and they had dozens in the inner harbour hanging about or should I say aboot.

    • WSB December 20, 2012 (12:47 pm)

      Really! Thanks for that note. We ***love*** them, and they are all we truly miss about San Diego, where we lived for a few years before moving here 21 years ago; I hope they are OK, have read some troubling stories about their condition to the south this year. They were endangered decades ago – TR

  • nemobeansmom December 20, 2012 (4:19 pm)

    We’ve lived in the N. Shorewood area for 8 yrs., right above Seola Beach and soon after we moved in we had a pelican land in our evergreen trees and just sit for up to an 1/2 hour and he/she returns every few days.

    The first time he/she flew thru our backyard I thought it was a dinosaur bird, it was so huge! :>)

  • elaine December 20, 2012 (10:25 pm)

    They are cool birds and really do look prehistoric in flight!

    • WSB December 20, 2012 (10:53 pm)

      I’ve received another few photos since … going to publish them separately.

  • CEA December 21, 2012 (5:36 am)

    I love pelicans! Had no idea they lived out here, either. Thank you for the story!

  • Carolyn December 21, 2012 (9:12 am)

    Thank you Lilli for the awesome shot!

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