American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Status in the Checklist Area - (6) Accidental

A huge bird with slow, deliberate wing-beats. A red-listed species of bird. Only breeding location in B.C. is on Stum Lake in the Chilcotin Plateau. American White Pelicans are migratory and winter in southern California and Mexico. Our best opportunities to view them are during migration in the spring and fall as they pass by on their way to their breeding grounds. Click here for more information.

Similar species:
There aren't any that would be expected in the checklist area!

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)

Noteworthy Data
9-Sept-2006 Ross Lake at Mouth of Skagit River , Skagit Valley. M. Brown Adult landed on the lake near a flock of Canada Geese.
9-Sept-2005 Ross Lake at mouth of Skagit River, Skagit Valley. M. Brown Adult landed in the lake. (date appx)
3-Sept-2004 Cheam Lake Wetlands, Popkum. B. Dickey
G. Gadsden
Sub-adult? Remained until Sept 4, 2004. Observed apparent piracy attempts from osprey.
7-April-2002 Cheam Lake Wetlands, Popkum. J. Osterhold
T. Kohler
Flock of six flew overhead in north east direction.
23-March-1999 Greendale, Chilliwack. G. Gadsden Relocated at Sardis Pond in downtown Chilliwack. First summer sub-adult.
3-Sept.-early 1990's Ross Lake at Hozameen Campground , Skagit Valley. M. Brown Landed on the lake in front of campground



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