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Snowbirds! March 29, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.

Brown Pelicans hang out in the Sunshine State year round.  That’s why they boast a perpetual bronze tan.

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Their cousins, the larger light-colored White Pelicans, visit for only a few months each winter, never staying long enough to develop tan lines.

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Like their human counterparts, White Pelicans (and other Snowbirds) fly south to avoid frigid temps and icy terrain up north.


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Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - March 29, 2016

Most winters, I wish I could fly south. Thankfully, this winter wasn’t too bad.

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

The forecasters predicted a mild winter (thanks to El Nino) and it looks like they were right.

2. anotherday2paradise - March 29, 2016

Hahaha That brown pelican looks so much like people I see in our pool area. 🙂

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Yes! Serious sun worshipers can end up looking like dried-out prunes . . . or, as you note, pelicans!

anotherday2paradise - March 29, 2016

Now I won’t ever be able to look at them without thinking of your pelican. 🙂

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Me too! Especially since the “pool gossip crew” is always flapping their gums . . . and squawking about something!

3. Under the Oaks - March 29, 2016

Smart is right! We missed this year but see you next January!!! Love the pelican on the bench!!!

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Woo Hoo! I enjoy our meet-ups. If 2016 is anything like 2015 then 2017 will be here in a F~L~A~S~H!

That pelican makes me smile.

4. NancyTex - March 29, 2016

The last thing I need is MORE flights. :-S

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

If you take any more flights . . . you’ll sprout WINGS!

NancyTex - March 29, 2016

Without a doubt!

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

OK, that’s it, young lady . . . you’re grounded!!!

5. L. Marie - March 29, 2016

This was a great winter, so I didn’t mind hanging around the north. 😀

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

That seems to be the consensus, Linda ~ a mild winter without the extreme cold is a nice change of season.

6. mybeautfulthings - March 29, 2016

Love your sculpture, made me smile, always a good thing when the Grandchildren have just left. 🙂

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Hope you enjoyed their visit to the MAX!

mybeautfulthings - March 29, 2016

Absolutely! In recovery mode right now which means being very busy clearing up in a too quiet home…. 🙂

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

We love having our nieces and nephews visit . . . but the quiet is deafening when they leave.

7. Patricia - March 29, 2016

White pelicans are beautiful but the brown one pictured does make me laugh.

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

I love that sculpture ~ I should buy it and give it a prominent spot in our living room. An audience for any antics!

8. suzicate - March 29, 2016

According to the first picture, they dress pretty snazzy, too!

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Yes! Shabby Chic with a side of Pink Flamingo!

9. Val Boyko - March 29, 2016

Yep – real Floridians are like their bird counterparts 🐥

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Birds of a feather flock together!

10. Eric Tonningsen - March 29, 2016

And in SoFL there also exists the seasonal Qpecker, not to be confused with its more common Woodpecker.

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

??? ~ never heard of that, Eric.

Eric Tonningsen - March 29, 2016

When I lived in Miami Beach, I was ever watchful and cautious of snowbirds from Quebec. We who bicycled up and down the A1A were always wary of those drivers from north of the border who were often disoriented – geographically. They were affectionately known as Qpeckers.

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

Gotcha! Thanks for the grin . . . which will probably reappear the next time someone says they’re from Quebec!

11. brickhousechick - March 29, 2016

Smart pelicans and smart you! Smart me as well, as I indulge in the tropical heat. 🙂

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

I’m so glad that you’re enjoying a bit of tropical hospitality! I’ve been reading up on Caribbean Islands and PR has a lot going for it . . . especially when you’re in the ‘hood!

12. Barb - March 29, 2016

He looks browned off to me …. sorry, couldn’t resist!
The pelicans here hang around all year, so they must have their babies here but strangely enough, I’ve never seen a baby pelican. I’ll have to do some research to satisfy my curiosity!

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

He might be browned off . . . tired of all the extra traffic, and the scarce dining reservations, and the lack of prime beach spots! He’s ready for the snowbirds to go home.

The brown pelicans have babies here ~ on Pelican Island, among other sites. They are gangly and awkward looking.

13. diannegray - March 29, 2016

I’d love to sit next to that bronze pelican and have a chat, Nancy 😀

nrhatch - March 29, 2016

I think he’d be a terrific addition to our living room ~ someone around to chat with . . . who would not be a conversation hog.

14. Carol Ferenc - March 29, 2016

Love the sculpture, Nancy. I learned from Sylvia at anotherday2paradise that White Pelicans summer here in Minnesota. That surprised me because I’ve never seen one here. Then I realized that there’s a town called Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, so I guess they do travel up here. Pelicans just seem way too tropical for Minnesota.

nrhatch - March 30, 2016

Minnesota + Pelicans = Perfect Together!
Lots of lakes and lots of SUSHI!

Carol Ferenc - March 30, 2016

Hehe!! You’re so right, Nancy!

nrhatch - March 31, 2016

Plus they enjoy the lingo: “Ya, sure, you betcha!”

15. BunKaryudo - March 30, 2016

Brown pelicans are snappy dressers. 🙂

nrhatch - March 30, 2016

They are . . . even if they can’t snap their fingers.

16. Debra - April 2, 2016

I always enjoy seeing Florida pelicans because they are different from the pelicans on the west coast. I really do think they’re fabulous birds! the bronze guy is fantastic! 🙂

nrhatch - April 2, 2016

I just did a quick google ~ your California Brown Pelican looks like a subspecies of our year-round pelican residents:

Of the seven or eight species of Pelicans found worldwide, two are native to North America—the marine Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, and the fresh water White Pelican, (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). The California Brown Pelican, a subspecies of P. occidentalis, is the smallest member of the pelican family.

Debra - April 3, 2016

Interesting pelican information, Nancy! I haven’t know that much about the California Brown Pelican except that it was nearly extinct at one point! The numbers had dwindled badly and the reappearance the last few years has been heartening. They are so odd looking that they’re mesmerizing. Thanks for sharing what you learned! 🙂

nrhatch - April 4, 2016

They are odd-looking occidentalis!

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