West Seattle wildlife: Finally a photo of the pelican

December 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm | In West Seattle news, Wildlife | 7 Comments

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.


  1. 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.

    Comment by Tracee Geernaert — 12:45 pm December 20, 2012 #

  2. 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

    Comment by WSB — 12:47 pm December 20, 2012 #

  3. 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! :>)

    Comment by nemobeansmom — 4:19 pm December 20, 2012 #

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

    Comment by elaine — 10:25 pm December 20, 2012 #

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

    Comment by WSB — 10:53 pm December 20, 2012 #

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

    Comment by CEA — 5:36 am December 21, 2012 #

  7. Thank you Lilli for the awesome shot!

    Comment by Carolyn — 9:12 am December 21, 2012 #

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