BENICIA PELICAN LOG

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In 1999, Mary Susan and I fell in love with the American White Pelicans who visit Benicia every year.

They play in the air above the city and float in great acrobatic currents over the Carquinez Strait. They paddle in the shallows of Southampton Bay, and they waddle clumsily on what we have named "Pelican Island" off the foot of First Street in downtown Benicia.

Since 1999, we have sporadically kept a log of our sightings of these great and graceful birds.

Log by Year

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

1999 - 2002

Pelicans in Benicia

Pelicans on the Carquinez Strait, 2004The white pelicans - more than just birds!
...incredible wonders of the natural world,
  monster acrobats of the Benicia blue skies,
  breathtaking ballet dancers,
  synchronous airswimmers,
  olympic caliber fliers.

...they wheel and soar in perfect unison,
  play on the unseen wind,
  disappear as specks and return in brilliant black and white,
  sky captains,
  elegant admirals of the air,
  beaked and buoyant boats above,
  the beloved Benicia pelicans,
  returned to announce not only summer, but
  beauty itself,
  joy,
  movement,
  power,
  grace.

                   Roger Straw
                   June, 2008

Pelican first sightings:

2017 - April 24
2016 - April 16
2015 - April 27
2014 - April 27
2013 - May 9
2012 - April 4
2011 - May 20
2010 - April 27
2009 - April...
2008 - April 13
2007 - not until July 18!
2006 - June 18
2005 - May 17
2004 - April 27
2003 - June 12
2002 - June 25?
2001 - June 12
2000 - June 4
1999 - July 1

American White Pelican in flight
I would love to hear from you - send me your comments or questions:
rogrmail at gmail.com
Benicia, California, USA
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