Documentation of American White Pelican

Observer Information

Reporter:  Michele Lewis   
Other Observers:  Mark Lewis, my husband;

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  American White Pelican
First Date/Time:  6/19/2008
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  about ten minutes
County:  Jefferson
Specific Location:  1008 S. Johnson Way
Number:  4
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Unknown. They were not "occupying" anything. They were flying.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  None. They were close enough to see clearly without.
Distance:  Close. Less than 100 yards above us.
Light:  Blue sky, partly cloudy. Could see them very clearly.

Description of the Bird

Four Pelicans flew over my home in Lakewood, CO this morning about 10:00. They were circling around. They were white with black on their wings. We do have some water around here, but we were very surprised to see them. I understand they have been seen in Alamosa and Boulder counties lately, but I wanted to report them anyway.
Behaviors: Circled around overhead for about ten minutes. Three stayed very close together, and one circled nearby, but not exactly right with the others.
Call: n/a
Plumage: White and black

Similar Species Discussion

My husband is from the Chesapeake Bay area, and he is used to seeing Grey Pelicans. These were definitely not grey. We were surprised to see them. We also have Great Blue Herons nearby (near the Federal Center in Lakewood), and these were not those. They looked exactly like the picture I'm attaching, though it is not the birds we saw today. I copied the pictures from ones taken in Alamosa that I found on the internet. It was apparently taken at the Blanca Wetlands in Alamosa on May 12, 2008, according to the website...

Resources Used

I saw the picture in reference and another from that showed pictures from all angles. Same bird.

Previous Experience

I'm not clear what this question is asking for... It was kind of exciting to see a bird we don't usually see around here.



Additional Information

Time: 10:00
Elevation: 5280ish
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Lakewood
Independent Observers:

Materials Available

Photographer: RWayne

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Date Documentation Submitted

6/26/2008 2:13:00 PM
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