Date: 9/22/19 10:32 am From: Rita Pitkin <ritapitkin15...> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] American White Pelican - Video
Awesome video. Thank you for posting. Hope it can leave before winter sets in.
> On Sep 22, 2019, at 12:39 PM, Mike Sargent <msargent...> wrote:
> During a pleasant bird walk with the Friends of the Missisquoi at the Stephen J. Young Marsh yesterday morning, I was surprised to learn that the pelican was still being seen, even on that very morning. Since I had arranged to do some kayaking that afternoon with Chuck Gangas and Ej, his friend from Costa Rica, I suggested that we try Campbell Bay. After several false alarms near the point involving the dozens of great egrets all over the place, we went around the point, observed an eagle perching near the heron nesting site, and decided to try to get around to the middle branch of the river - no easy task because of the low water level and this year's abundant proliferation of vegetation. As we were rounding our "final" patch, we saw a mud bar off the north side of Shad Island, with a big white blob in the middle of hundreds of gulls. Sure enough, it was the pelican. We watched it for over a half-hour before it took off westward. Chuck already has posted a link to some great still photos, and here's a link to a video clip I put together.