WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Pelican sighting

Thanks to James Tilley for the photo! He reports, “Infrequent visitor to our area – I saw a brown pelican flying along Alki on my morning walk.” They’re only brown when immature, so this is a younger pelican. In our region they’re more commonly seen along the open-ocean coast, but we do get visits here inland. They’re no longer listed as endangered by the state or federal governments, according to this state Department of Fish and Wildlife status report from last year, which also notes: “Brown Pelicans are protected from ‘take’ by federal law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and are a ‘protected wildlife’ species by state law.” They’re big birds – wingspan up to 6 1/2 feet.

6 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: Pelican sighting"

  • Wseattleite May 29, 2023 (10:59 am)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • anonyme May 29, 2023 (1:06 pm)


    • Curious George May 29, 2023 (3:51 pm)

      WSB Thank You for the informative article.  After reviewing the states web site I see their still protected but I was unable to find their definition of ‘take’ as applied to the brown pelican…I would appreciate some help.Thank You

  • waikikigirl May 29, 2023 (6:04 pm)

    Here’s some info on “take”regulations-governing-take-of-migratory-birds

    • T May 29, 2023 (10:03 pm)

      Thank you,  that is very fascinating information. 

  • Beautiful May 30, 2023 (8:19 am)

    Thank you for sharing! And thank you ESA!

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