What IS That Bird? It’s the California Brown Pelican

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What IS That Bird?

It’s the California Brown Pelican

 One of my favorite sights when walking along the Carlsbad boardwalk, next to the ocean of course, are the pelicans flying overhead. These unusual looking birds are fascinating to watch whether on the ocean or flying overhead. 

California Brown Pelican at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad CA

The California brown pelican, next to the seagull, is probably the most prevalent sea bird we see here along the Southern California coast. These brown pelicans are particularly prevalent at the Agua Hedionda lagoon, just north of the Encina power plant, where they tend to hang out, most likely due to great places to roost in the lagoon because of the Carlsbad Aquafarm which includes a fish hatchery (white sea bass) and shellfish farming (e.g., mussels, abalone, oysters). 

California Brown Pelicans at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad CANo doubt there are some side benefits from living there if you’re a pelican. 

The pelicans tend to fly in groups, seemingly effortlessly with the ocean breezes, along the coast highway which parallels the 7 miles of Carlsbad coastline, although you’ll see loners, too.

You won’t see them on the beach as you do the seagulls since they prefer to fish directly from the ocean and the lagoon rather than scavenge as the seagulls do.



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George Souto
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Jeff I have never seen one except in a picture like this.  I would have thought that a bird like that would struggle to fly. 

Nov 26, 2011 11:15 AM #1
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
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Jeff, the Brown Pelican was a familiar sight for us in Alameda and the San Francisco Bay. We have photos somewhere....love them...beautiful in flight. Hope your Thanksgiving was perfect in all ways. Enoy the remainder of this Holiday weekend.

Nov 26, 2011 11:47 AM #2
Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Jeff - He looks a lot like the Florida Brown Pelican.  : )  One of the things I love best about Florida visits is getting to see the pelicans.  Enjoy!

Nov 26, 2011 11:57 AM #3
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I'm not a bird buff Jeff, but I've seen these and enjoy watching them feed near the coast.

Nov 26, 2011 06:46 PM #4
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Jeff, I was scanning through some of the photobloggs and I missed this of yours. Nice shot! They may be abundant but I sure love watching them. They scratch just like a dog, LOL. I wonder if they have bird fleas
Nov 27, 2011 03:00 PM #5
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