Gonzo mamiya wrote:
Gonzo mamiya wrote:I saw the pelican! It was one of the more magnificient slices of beauty I have layed my sweet little eyes on. It flew at sunrise Thursday when the winds were void and the flags slept. Flew around three thermals round and round looking down at the playa saying good morning. That wing span is something else.
With further investigating I believe I actually saw a Great Blue Heron. Is that out of the question?
Herons, egrets, waterfowl & shorebirds frequent the number of farm reservoirs along Route 34, as well as seasonal wetlands around the creeks and reservoirs. And sometimes the playa, when they think can find tasty critters or forage. Birds might land anywhere that vaguely looks like appropriate habitat, so it shouldn't be surprising to see white pelicans that might have wandered up from Pyramid Lake, where they nest on Anaho Island
along with various cormorants, gulls, terns, herons and egrets. Might be juveniles confused about how to find the ocean. I've seen pelicans many times at lakes in the high Sierra Nevada.