FW: Brown Pelican Still (Sep 4) at Saugatuck (Allegan Cty)

Caleb Putnam larus10 at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 5 10:55:32 EDT 2004


Listers-

I picked up the following message on the BBC listserv (Berrien County) this 
morning Sep 5, but didn't see it on mich-listers yet.  I'm going to 
Saugatuck this afternoon to search for the bird, and I will update 
mich-listers tonight whether I find it or not.

Good Birding,
Caleb Putnam

>From: WarrLore at aol.com
>Reply-To: bbclist at andrews.edu
>To: bbclist at andrews.edu
>Subject: BBCLIST: Brown Pelican Still at Saugatuck
>Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 07:51:01 EDT
>
>As of 9:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, the Brown Pelican was observed at
>Saugatuck, MI.  It is no longer out at Lake Michigan, however, but was 
>observed twice
>by a credible witness flying in Saugatuck Bay in the town of Saugatuck.  It
>is west of the Blue Star Hiway bridge over the bay, but well east of Lake
>Michigan.  The previous sighting for the pelican was on the beach north of 
>where
>the Kalamazoo River empties into Lake Michigan, seen four days earlier 
>(Aug.
>31).  The theory is that it must have followed the channel of the Kalamazoo 
>R.
>upstream and entered the harbor.
>
>Walter Booth, Thelma Gilbert, and I spent about 3 hours late Sat. afternoon
>searching for the pelican.  We first went to Saugatuck State Park where it 
>had
>been seen previously, but no luck.  While in the State Park we bumped into
>some hikers who have a condo on Saugatuck Harbor.  They reported seeing the
>pelican twice on Saturday morning, flying about.  They had a good look at 
>it, so
>seem to be credible witnesses.  We then checked most of the channel of the
>Kalamazoo River, and also Oval Beach.  Perhaps at the time of our search 
>the
>Pelican had gone EAST of the I-94 bridge over the River.  We had no time to 
>check
>out that area.
>
>Of interest were the Pileated Woodpecker heard at Saugatuck State Park and
>the Wild Turkey with young seen in the meadow there.  Also saw seven D.-C.
>Cormorants flying over Saugatuck Harbor.
>
>Warren Johns

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