September 1, 2009

Last winter thousands of brown pelicans stayed too long at East Sand Island (near the mouth of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington), because the weather stayed warm and the fishing was good. When they finally migrated south, many were caught in snowstorms and got frostbite on their feet and pouches. Disoriented, they turned up in odd places, like freeway on-ramps. On August 8 & 9, camping out on East Sand Island in the rain, we filmed huge crowds of pelicans on the beach. It was like Coney Island for pelicans! We hope they all migrate south in time this year.

Pelican on East Sand Island

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