Thanks to John for the photo. That’s a juvenile Brown Pelican – average 6+-foot wingspan! – not commonly seen around here, although we’ve heard of some sightings in recent months. John explains, “Saw a bunch of seagulls chasing a large bird and assumed it was an eagle. Not unusual here along Beach drive. But looking at the chase with binoculars, I was surprised to see a long beak. After the chase broke off, the bird landed on the water and swam close to shore right in front of our home.” Historically they’re most often seen along the ocean coast, though we see they’ve been visiting other parts of Puget Sound too.

8 Replies to "SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Big bird"

  • Dot September 26, 2022 (1:43 pm)

    Wondering if it’s taking a break along its migration route?  Hope he/she is ok. 

  • Mark September 26, 2022 (1:49 pm)

    When I was a kid, you never saw pelicans at Westport. Now there are thousands of them.

  • anonyme September 26, 2022 (2:11 pm)

    What a magnificent animal.  I think of pterodactyls whenever I see one fly.  Used to see them pretty far inland in Washington.

  • Mamie September 26, 2022 (2:28 pm)

    I saw 100s in Westport two weeks ago.

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul September 26, 2022 (3:08 pm)

    We have had quite a few pelicans around the last few months, both brown and white.There are a couple in Edmonds that have been hanging out for quite a while.I get weekly sightings reports of brown ones in the area and have seen them myself as well down at Alki over the last few months …

  • Tracy September 26, 2022 (4:24 pm)

    Is it a little late for them, be coming around? Even if its along their migration rout? Unless that hurricane has something to do with?

  • atk September 26, 2022 (5:58 pm)

    Brown pelicans are an Endangered Species Act success story! The population really rebounded after DDT was banned. This isn’t an odd time of year for sightings in Washington, especially juveniles. They disperse from breeding areas in CA to feed.

  • C September 26, 2022 (9:19 pm)

    Seen them on the WA coast 2 summers in a row now. Fun to watch them dive for fish in the surf! 

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