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Pelicans visit Pubnico


PUBNICO - They are one of the largest of all North American birds and certainly rare to see in Pubnico.

Two American white Pelicans that have found our climate agreeable – for the moment – recently drew excited birders with cameras in hand.

The bird typically breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in the winter.

Alix Arthur d'Entremont of Middle West Pubnico, a writer for a magazine called NS Birds, says the bird was recorded in Nova Scotia as early as 1948, when 50 arrived in Kings County after a hurricane. Ian McLaren, author of All the Birds of Nova Scotia, gives 11 reports of white pelicans in the province up until 2010.  In 2012 there was another sighting in Pembroke and in 2013 one near Lunenburg.

“Dec 7 is the latest that an American white pelican has ever been seen in Nova Scotia,” said d’Entremont.

The birds were initially discovered by Coral d'Entremont of Pubnico.

Alix says he spread the word quickly about the rare visitors through social media, email (Nova Scotia Rare Bird Alert) and phone calls.

 Pelican scoop

The species has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California condor.

The American white pelican rivals the trumpeter swan, with a similar overall length.

The most northerly nesting colony can be found on islands in the rapids of the Slave River between Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta, and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

Wild American white pelicans may live for more than 16 years. In captivity, the record lifespan stands at over 34 years.

 

Two American white Pelicans that have found our climate agreeable – for the moment – recently drew excited birders with cameras in hand.

The bird typically breeds in interior North America, moving south and to the coasts, as far as Central America and South America, in the winter.

Alix Arthur d'Entremont of Middle West Pubnico, a writer for a magazine called NS Birds, says the bird was recorded in Nova Scotia as early as 1948, when 50 arrived in Kings County after a hurricane. Ian McLaren, author of All the Birds of Nova Scotia, gives 11 reports of white pelicans in the province up until 2010.  In 2012 there was another sighting in Pembroke and in 2013 one near Lunenburg.

“Dec 7 is the latest that an American white pelican has ever been seen in Nova Scotia,” said d’Entremont.

The birds were initially discovered by Coral d'Entremont of Pubnico.

Alix says he spread the word quickly about the rare visitors through social media, email (Nova Scotia Rare Bird Alert) and phone calls.

 Pelican scoop

The species has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California condor.

The American white pelican rivals the trumpeter swan, with a similar overall length.

The most northerly nesting colony can be found on islands in the rapids of the Slave River between Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta, and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

Wild American white pelicans may live for more than 16 years. In captivity, the record lifespan stands at over 34 years.

 

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