Tuesday, June 22, 2010

White Pelicans Summer in My World

They arrive on the Yakima River sometime in March each year and are gone some time in the Fall. When I commuted, I generally would not see them early in the morning--I think they are late risers. But along about nine or ten o'clock if you would be going along the river, you might see them flying in formation--two, five or ten. Rarely solitary, they seem to prefer the society of the flock. On my commute home I might see them already settling for the night--again in groups.

On our return trip from Leavenworth Sunday afternoon we found this flock in the Yakima River Canyon between Ellensburg and Yakima and stopped for a good look. I've never seen so many at once--Linda counted seventy and I had estimated about the same but was too busy with the camera to do a detailed count. (I guess they are standing still for us now, so you can check our accuracy if you wish.)

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7 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful pelicans! And so many! Great shots for the day! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Gwendolyn L said...

Wow! I haven't seen so many white pelicans. They must be something to watch. Thanks for sharing.

imac said...

Grand shot for these grand birds.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Kateney
sono meravigliosi questi pellicani... e pensare che dal vivo io non li ho mai visti !
Buona giornata.

Martha Z said...

So that's where they went, all those pelicans I saw over Lone Pine on our way to Death Valley.

katney said...

I've never seen so many at once either, Gwendolyn. And Martha, they very well could be the same ones. They do come from somewhere. Apparently they used to summer in Oregon, but their habitat there dried oup, so they came further.

Barb said...

How wonderful to see so many white pelicans at one time! I have only seen a couple at a time in FL and CA - and they weren't pure white like yours.