[Bristol-Birds] another White Pelican records for SWVA

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 01:39:42 -0400

I FOUND AN ADDITIONAL RECORD FOR THE WHITE PELICAN
FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA --BUCHANAN CO. IN 2007:

Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:36:12 -0500 
Hello All,
At a recent county meeting I was asked by another committee member, Phillip 
Vandyke, if it were unusual to see pelicans in the county. I assured him it 
would be very unusual. He then showed me two photos, printed on plain computer 
paper, of an American White Pelican that he said he had photographed with a 
small digital camera back on September 26th in the Levisa River, not far from 
the VA/KY state line. 

I copied the photos and have posted them on my web site. The quality is not the 
greatest, but is more than sufficient for an ID. The first photo shows the bird 
sitting on a rock in the river, and the pelican shape can not be denied.
In the second photo the bird has taken to  the air, and the black on the wings 
is evident. The photos can be seen at http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/pelican

According to Virginia's Gold Book there have been only 7 records of this 
species in the Mountains and Valleys of Virginia (Western and Northern VA). To 
my knowledge this is the first record for Buchanan County.

Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt

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