Rain, rain. When will it stop?
I remember waking up last night with thunder and rain coming down hard on the roof. It cleared for a while, and then more thunder and more rain. And it's still coming down this morning.
Last week it was reported that we had 60 pelicans at Hart's Basin, and I came the next day to see if they're still here. Yes, they are, but they're scattered out. There are a dozen or so along the pipeline rocks. Another six along Vela's shore and at least 20 just drifting along on the reservoir. So about 35 pelicans ... they have since moved on.
Often people are surprised that we have pelicans here in Colorado. But these huge birds, over five feet long with a wingspan of nine feet, nest and raise their young inland. On my trip to the Texas coast to see the whooping cranes, I had the opportunity to compare the two species of pelican. They don't differ a great deal in size and wingspan, but the white pelican weighs 16 pounds while the brown weighs only eight pounds. The brown is noted for its plunge-dive after fish. I watched them dive — spectacular! And I also watched them get fish by the more familiar method (to me). Three of the browns swam together toward the pier. Then they chased fish against the pier and began feeding.
With brown pelicans, the sexual maturity of the bird is told by the coloration of bill and head, while the white pelican has a lump on the top of the plain yellow bill. The browns breed along the coast (there are Atlantic and Pacific varieties), while the white pelicans breed inland and migrate to the coasts in winter. So they may be seen almost anywhere at any time.
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