Brown Pelican--Update--Berrien--6 Sep 04

Jonathan Wuepper wuepperj at
Mon Sep 6 15:06:35 EDT 2004


Thanks to Adel Schultz for the call to RBA this morning!

The BROWN PELICAN was hanging out onshore, and a 100 or so yards offshore, 
of the private beach north of Tiscornia Park at saint joseph from app. 
12:15pm--app. 1:30pm., 6 Sep 2004.
At least one person on the beach claimed "it had been there all morning".

At app. 1:30pm, the BROWN PELCAN flew off and landed about 1/2 to 3/4 miles 
offshore, barely visable with a scope. It had eaten a candy wrapper floating 
in the lake just before taking off. (The bird was not chased off by people, 
boats or pets.) I could see GULLS harrassing the bird offshore, and 
sometimes vica-versa. At one point a boat came by the bird and seemed to 
throw (presumably) food in its direction. After 10 or so minutes I saw it 
fly farther west, out over Lake Michigan. I spent 1 hour trying to relocate 
the bird, unsuccessfully.

Jon Wuepper

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