Several times each winter, we are treated to a wild bird feeding frenzy where HUNDREDS of birds follow a huge group of bait fish up the river. The pelicans swoop down into the river as swimming cormorants are diving under the water for fish, while white and blue herons are running along the bank, following the action. The combination of squawks and splashes can be deafening
Here’s my question. Almost every time I’ve seen this, I’ve spotted a few pure white pelicans in the midst. They’re surrounded by hundreds of grey pelicans, the ones we see on a regular basis. The problem is, I’ve never seen a white pelican by itself. They are always in the middle of this bird feeding frenzy. So, where are they when this feeding riot isn’t taking place? How do they happen to always be part of these spectaculars, which are quite rare, but are never seen coming or going, flying overhead, or floating on the river by themselves? It’s a mystery!