Date: 8/25/19 3:48 pm From: Bridget Butler <birddiva...> Subject: [VTBIRD] One Pelican or Two?
At Birds & Beers VT the other night we got talking about the American White Pelican sightings. We were in the Islands so many folks who had come out to join us had seen the bird and some had taken photos. We had a mix of folks who had seen a pelican at the Hen Island site, the Campbell Bay site or both.
After a bit, we got to talking about whether there were two birds or one bird that had possibly molted. So we started comparing photos from the Hen Island bird and the Campbell Bay bird. We used the Islander newspaper photo <http://bit.ly/2U21Nq0>s by David Marsch (Hen) and then Juli Filberti's photos <http://bit.ly/33Xz1eH> she got from a kayak (Campbell).
So, here's our question that was left unanswered as we all used our phones to try to look up info on molting for this species and decipher the molting explanation on Birds of North America Online...IS IT THE SAME BIRD?
David's photos show black on the back of the head while Julie's do not.
Please explain why or why not as we were all trying to grapple with the timing of molting for this species and whether or not enough time had elapsed between when the bird was seen on Hen Island and then when it was found again in Campbell Bay.
Thanks for playing along & helping us extend our Birds and Beers conversation!