American White Pelican

Since we have been seeing several American White Pelicans Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) at O. C. Fisher Lake at San Angelo State Park, I thought I would make that the featured bird today.

It is an immense bird, 62 inches length, a wingspan of 108 inches or nine feet, and weighs in at over 16 pounds.  It is white with black flight feathers that can be seen in flight, and has a pinkish or yellow-orange bill.  This photograph was taken at O. C. Fisher Lake in San Angelo, Texas.  It was while I was taking this picture, that Ann was almost run over by a Bobcat.  She was standing behind me, and the Lynx came charging past, in pursuit of a jackrabbit.

American White Pelican

Today when we visited the park, there were about 75 pelicans there.  Some new arrivals were a couple of Chipping Sparrows that we hadn’t seen yet at the bird-blind. 

Thursday, January 6, 2011   Total species 24

Northern Shoveler     6
American White Pelican     75
Great Blue Heron     3
Cooper’s Hawk     1
Killdeer     2
Greater Yellowlegs     8
Least Sandpiper     12
Ring-billed Gull     200
White-winged Dove     6
Mourning Dove     2
Black-crested Titmouse     2
Bewick’s Wren     1
Northern Mockingbird     6
Curve-billed Thrasher     1
Spotted Towhee     1
Canyon Towhee     1
Chipping Sparrow     2
White-crowned Sparrow     12
Northern Cardinal     6
Pyrrhuloxia     6
Red-winged Blackbird     30
Western Meadowlark     4
House Finch     24
House Sparrow     6

Happy Birding!!

12 thoughts on “American White Pelican

  1. What wouldn’t I give to see a pelican! I love the way you’ve captured it going about its business, seemingly unaware of your presence! That’s expereiencing nature at its best!

  2. The white pelican is such a beautiful bird you are lucky to have them around. I have not seen one of those in years. I heard some have been spotted on Lake Superior last summer. If true i hope there’s more of them as the years will go by.
    A close encounter with a bobcat is something to remember, i hope Ann is over the scare and doing ok.

    • Yes, we will remember it all right. We’re just glad that he had his mind on the jackrabbit. I don’t think he ever saw us. But everything came out OK, and we just had a good laugh. 🙂


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