Unusual Wildlife In Tucson, AZ: "A Wonderful Bird Is the Pelican"

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A pelican lights on a lake in Tucson, Arizona (of all places!)

A pelican in Tucson, Arizona?

I was shooting a video with REALTOR Kevin Wood, Realty Execs just down the street.  Sitting at the kitchen table with the Flip Video camera, I was asking Kevin about the home he had just listed.

"Just down the street, there's a lake" he said.  I had to see for myself.  What I saw took my mind back to my high school english days, with the poet Ogden Nash.

A wonderful bird is the Pelican.

His beak can hold more than his belican.

He can hold in his beak

Enough food for a week,

But I'm darned if I know how the helican.

A lake in the middle of Tucson, Arizona.  Go figure~


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EDIT:  Here's a link to the home for sale

Large 4/2 SE Tucson Home with Huge Backyard and Lake Nearby


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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Mike - I would never have thought pelicans to be in Arizona!  One doesn't equate water birds with the desert.  :)  Thanks for sharing - now I will never think of the desert in quite the same way.  But then ... you've been steadily changing my mind about it anyway!

Sep 20, 2009 01:49 AM #15
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Would never have expected a pelican in Arizona.  Of course, have always wondered how you see sea gulls so far from the ocean at times too.


Sep 20, 2009 02:12 AM #16
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

Mike,  can you give us the address of the property? 


My mom recited that poem a few times when I was a kid. 

Sep 20, 2009 03:31 AM #17
Patrick Randles
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ

Too funny. I was trying to take of picture of an egret at Tucson Nat'l on Friday. There are a lot of "exotic" birds out here. To me, the coolest is the "Harris" hawk. I was walking the course several years back and happened upon several of these hawks about 15 feet away. They were feeding on a dove. They did not back off at all. I was really surprised.

Nice pic....

Sep 20, 2009 11:56 AM #18
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hey Mike - I grew on a lake in MN that had tons of pelicans so this brought me right back home.  Loved it!

Sep 20, 2009 12:37 PM #19
Kevin Wood,
Keller Williams Southern Arizona - Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ Realtor

Uncle Mike,

How did I know there would be a post about the lake this weekend? You can't pass up a photo op if you had to. You're a great photographer, storyteller, and friend. God bless you UM.

Sep 20, 2009 04:30 PM #20
Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Previews Property Specialist

HI Mike,

Great photos we have walked around there many a time...time to return!

Sep 21, 2009 09:00 AM #21
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

That's neat, Mike! Great photo of an unexpected bird to find in Tucson, and thanks for the Ogden Nash blast from the past.



Sep 21, 2009 09:37 AM #22
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  I am stumped -- I have this lake narrowed down to two neighborhoods here in Tucson (based on the price!) But I haven't seen pelicans at one of them!   Help!  Where is it?!  -- Gabrielle

Sep 22, 2009 12:00 AM #23
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Mike: Funny poem but that first picture is so vibrant.  Was that with your Flip?  I don't think mine has ever gotten a picture like that with such clarity.

Sep 22, 2009 01:45 PM #24
John Morgan

Hey Birthday Bro - 9.24 is a great day to celebrate!  We appreciate you!  Hope you have a wonderful time reflecting on the gifts that God has presented you. 

Sep 24, 2009 12:39 AM #25
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Kid brother,

Thanks for stopping by.  We had a great day yesterday.


No, I took the photo with my Panasonic Lumix.  Cheap at Costco--$225-$250.


South on Pantano, and then east on Stella.  I'd never seen it either.


I'm glad you like it!~Thanks for commenting.


I'd never seen it.  I'm glad you know where it is.


Thanks.  Now to get the video done...


I like to make people smile.  Glad you did.


Hawks on prey are pretty agressive.  One in my back yard allowed me within fifteen feet before it took off with it's meal (a dove.)


I'll get it for you.

Kim & Carol,

It's the first pelican I've ever seen here in Tucson.  Surprised me, too!

Mike in Tucson

Sep 25, 2009 03:09 AM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful photo!  The colors are so sharp!  My nephew once tossed a fish to a pelican and nearly choked it to death because the fish he tossed was dead and stiff as a board.  That poor bird.

Sep 25, 2009 12:52 PM #27
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Poor nephew!  And that little Panasonic Lumix has a great glass lens!  (Leica)

Mike in Tucson

Sep 25, 2009 08:09 PM #28
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I had to go on a pelican searching expedition with my marketing guru a couple of weeks ago. I think we've found the three spots -- excluding the Wild Animal Park - where the pelicans hang out here. They are clumsy-looking birds, but I guess they get the job done.

Sep 28, 2009 03:45 PM #29
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

I don't remember when, but back when I lived in Tucson there were pelicans.  Someone claimed they blew in with a storm.  I don't remember much else since it had to be more than 26 years ago.  Seems like it was in the newspaper.  ????  Now I want to know. 

Oct 02, 2009 07:44 PM #30
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

By the way, those are beautiful shots.  I love the water on the top one, so pretty. 

Oct 02, 2009 07:45 PM #31
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


It's a great photo considering the subject matter is in Tucson!  LOL


We were watching America's Funniest Home Videos yesterday; a woman was offering food to a pelican, and it grabbed her whole arm in it's mouth!  (Much to the surprise and consternation of the woman, not to mention the pelican.)

Mike in Tucson



Here's a link to a post on the home for sale:

Large 4/2 SE Tucson Home with Huge Backyard and Lake Nearby

Mike in Tucson

Oct 03, 2009 03:50 AM #32
Marsha Shonk


How is Ginny? This is Marsha who used to clean your house.


Marsha Shonk

Oct 29, 2009 07:28 AM #33
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Ginny's doing well.  Please email me through Active Rain (see top right on this page under my photo) and we'll get in touch.

Mike in Tucson

Oct 29, 2009 04:01 PM #34
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