Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pelicans in Long Island Sound

Matt Houskeeper was near the mouth of the Mianus River yesterday and managed to snap a photo of a brown pelican, which you can see on his Soundbounder blog, here.

Brown pelicans are hardly common but they also are far from unheard of on Long Island Sound. They breed further south but young birds often leave the nest and fly north to feed along the coast in late summer and early fall. Like ospreys, they were almost wiped out by DDT but have made a strong comeback.

Birders who report in to the Connecticut Ornithological Association have seen brown pelicans this month in Milford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, and New Haven, although how many individuals that represents is hard to know. The reports always refer to "a brown pelican" or "the brown pelican," so it might be just one bird.

In any case, great sighting, Matt!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Sunday Sept 25th , a brown pelican accompanied me for hours as I fished in the waters off Lloyd Point in western Long Island Sound. It was very aggressive and I had to be careful when it tried to steal my bait , and fish. I have been fishing Long Island for 50 years, and have never seen one before.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Was fishing yesterday and there was a LARGE pelican feeding on bait fish. It then took flight and flew overhead my boat.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan, was this before or after you lost the fish of your lifetime? That was your last chance at a 50lber.


11:07 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I have seen Brown Pelicans eating bluefish in Branford. Also, I saw an osprey take a Juvi Blackfish near Nhead Buoy.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Adina Genn said...

A brown pelican was spotted off of Sands Point, NY http://patch.com/A-p1wr

5:38 PM  

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