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Pelicans in Hamilton Canada?

Pelicans in Hamilton Canada?

Monday August 19 2013

American White Pelican

Pelican from long distance
Pelican from long distance

On Sunday August 18 2013 I saw a large bird in middle of a  lake -What a shock to understand it was a PELICAN, I never had an idea that Pelicans would ever come this far off-course, they do go up to North Bay, Southern Ontario is quite out of there way.These images were taken in Hamilton Canada , the lake is actually a wetlands called Cootes Paradise. The Harbourfront Trail runs into Cootes paradise from Harbourfront Park. Hamilton has a Harbour that is part of the  Lake Ontario Ecosystem-very close too Toronto Canada.

Below is some interesting information, and Images, Enjoy

 

Doug Worrall

The American White Pelican is a very large bird weighing about 6-7 kg, with white feathers and black wing tips. It has a large orange-yellow bill and pouch, a short, stout tail, webbed feet and a wingspan of up to three metres. Juvenile birds have greyish feathers during their first summer and autumn. This bird usually does not stray far from the water.

 friend and Cormorants
friend and Cormorants

Range

 Pelican flying
Pelican flying

American White Pelicans are found across the north-central and western United States. In Canada, they are found from the interior of British Columbia, east to northwestern Ontario. These birds migrate south to the Gulf Coast states and Mexico. Ontario has about 10 per cent of the world’s population of American White Pelicans.

 Pelican in flight
Pelican in flight

American White Pelicans nest in groups on remote islands that are barren or sparsely treed located in lakes, reservoirs, or on large rivers. Remote islands offer eggs and chicks some protection from predators. Pelicans nest in slight depressions in the ground with sticks and vegetation piled up around them. Their diet is mainly fish.

Threats

Changes in water levels can have a major impact on breeding American White Pelicans. High water levels can flood nests whereas low water levels can make nesting colonies susceptible to more predators, such as coyotes, through land-bridges. Disease (e.g., avian botulism and West Nile) and human disturbance are also threats. American White Pelicans are also susceptible to shooting, oil spills and water contamination on their southern wintering grounds.

The Ministry of Natural Resources tracks species at risk such as the American White Pelican . You can use a handy online form to report your sightings to the Natural Heritage Information Centre. Photographs with specific locations or mapping coordinates are always helpful.

Was Hoping to Capture the Bird again today.
Was Hoping to Capture the Bird again today.
  • Report any illegal activity related to plants and wildlife to 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).
    • Volunteer with your local nature club or provincial park to participate in surveys or stewardship work focused on species at risk.
    • Private land owners have a very important role to play in species recovery. You may be eligible for stewardship programs that support the protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitats.
    • Bird Studies Canada is working to advance the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitat in Ontario and elsewhere.

 

Sources: Wikipedia-The Ministry of Natural Resoursces

 

Doug Worrall Photographer