I would. A return trip to the Arkansas River last night proved that. There were over a thousand gathered & resting along the banks – such an amazing sight. And today, on a drive to a nearby city – some 70 miles, many more were observed in a large rural, road side pond. There had to be over a thousand on that pond and hundreds more in the sky, who had rested and were moving on. I’ve read reports that there are over 30,000 at Great Salt Plains in northwestern Oklahoma. Sounds like a trip over there is in order very soon!
The American White Pelican, one of two species of pelicans in North America, is one of the world’s largest birds. They can weigh as much as 30 pound and have wingspans that can reach 110 inches. Adult birds are primarily white except for its black-edged wings that are visible in flight. It has a long neck, a long, flattened orange bill with an expandable pouch and short orange legs with big webbed feet.
It was an incredible day of bird discovery and sightings. Some of these we normally only see on the Texas gulf coast.
- American White Pelicans
- Ibis (White Faced I think)
- Several Sandpipers
- Osprey (!!) In a tree top in a rural area among fields…no water for several miles. Completely fantastic and strange sighting.
- Snowy Egrets
- Great White Egrets
- Various Ducks
- Red-headed Woodpecker
- Plus the normal doves, sparrows, blackbirds, etc.
Seriously an incredible day of viewing…and that wasn’t even the goal for the day. But it was the icing!
Plethora, I tell you…..plethora!