Jun 05-17

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2017: June: Jun 05-17
2002: Ducks in L'Anse    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Jay Fedorocko
2008: Standing room only    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bill & Eloise Haller
2017: Just passing through    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Renee McConnon
2017: American White Pelicans    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Renee McConnon
Migrating White Pelicans    ...click to play video
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 10:13 pm:

Birds of a feather have been a recurring theme in the past 19 years on the Pasty Cam, small ones, big ones and all sizes in between. Today we look back to 2002 in L'Anse, where Jay Fedorocko spotted some Mallard Ducks illegally parked in front of the L'Anse Police Station/Fire Hall. I'm not sure if they were issued a citation before heading back to L'Anse Bay, but I bet if they were, they flew the coop before their court date.

A few years later, in 2008, Bill & Eloise Haller captured a picture of their bird feeders in Bete Grise. Eloise said the list of birds that visit there includes: yellow finches, purple finches, pine siskins, evening grosbeaks, a pair of mallards, a half-dozen pairs of un-wanted "gate crashing" blue jays, a pair of doves, Hans Solo, an un-mated juvenile male Sand Hill Crane, an occasional crow, and a grackle and that's just one days worth. I bet they have to replenish the bird seed there daily, if no not more often.

So far, today's bird shots are fairly common sightings here in the Keweenaw, but not so for the last two photos from Renee McConnon's. Just last week, she spotted some American White Pelicans near their Bootjack home and was able to snap a couple shots. Yes, I said Pelicans and yes, in Bootjack. These large birds migrate in the spring and fall and if you're in the right place at the right time, like Renee was, you might be lucky enough to spot them. I saw them fly overhead a number of years back and I thought I was seeing things. They're quite large and unmistakable with those huge beaks.

Our video visit today, shows these unusual Keweenaw visitors gathering in a large group on their fall migration. They gather in groups like this along their way south, preening, resting and fishing together. Amazing birds indeed.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:50 pm:

Wow...nice variety! Sweet pix, just a wee bit fowl...and a very nice video! Does anyone know if there is a Pelican season in MI, because the next time I go out for dinner and some says; "Let's do Italian, or let's do Mexican.", I'm going to suggest; "Let's do Pelican."

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:56 pm:

Great photos, thanks to all the photographers! No
matter how many times I see photos of pelicans in
the UP, I have a hard time wrapping my head around
the idea. But, a quick peek at the field guide
shows a Florida to Manitoba voyage will put them
right over the Keweenaw.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 04:29 am:

Great pics.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 08:20 am:

Hey, Alex, you "can do Pelican" at a great place in Antrim County called the Blue Pelican. It's in Central Lake, right along the chain of lakes. Excellent food!

They also have a place called the Pelican Nest south of Bellaire on the Chief Golf Course. It's up the hill on Shanty Creek Road. You should check one of those out if you get to Antrim County!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 11:56 am:

Thanks JBuck, but I'm waiting for McPelican wings at Mickie D's. :-)

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 05:56 pm:

Those would be a BIG seller!

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