On The Refuge...
The American white pelican is one of those birds you just can't help but notice. It is one of the largest birds in North America, measuring 6 feet from bill to tail. White pelicans weigh up to 20 pounds and have a wingspan of 8 to 9 and a half feet long.
Although awkward and clumsy on land, the white pelican is somewhat of an "acrobat" in the sky. Flying high above the ground, pelicans slowly spiral down, gracefully gliding on the warm air currents of the atmosphere.
All pelican photos courtesy of Bruce Bartel.
Evening grosbeaks are turning up farther south this year. These are social birds that are often found in flocks, particularly in winter. They forage in treetops for insect larvae during the summer, buds in spring, and seeds, berries, and small fruits in winter. You may find them at your feeder as well. Learn more about these beautiful birds here.
All Evening Grosbeak photos courtesy of Don Severson.