Kip’s Comments 10-16-20

Great Blue Heron at George Wyth Lake - Image 659395 (© Kip Ladage)

 

No Pelican to be Found

A couple of days ago I was asked if I knew about a white pelican that was not flying at George Wyth State Park. I had not heard of it, but was willing to check things out. Today Casey and I paddled to the last known location of the bird first. When did not find a pelican, we ventured out onto Wyth Lake.   

Under normal conditions this would have been a run-of-the-mill paddle trip. Today though, we had sleet and very strong winds. In fact, the lake was covered with white caps that challenged our moving forward.   

Casey and I paddled the perimeter of the lake to no avail. We did not see the pelican, but we did see several great blue herons (in the backwaters), some mallards, one woodchuck, and nobody else on the water.   

Pelican or not, it was fun to paddle with a friend I have not seen for a while. Thanks for caring about the pelican Casey and thank you for the outing!   

This was one of the great blue herons we saw. The backwater setting was deceiving with minimal waves and wind (but we did have sleet). 

Great Blue Heron at George Wyth Lake - Image 659395 (© Kip Ladage)

Great Blue Heron at George Wyth Lake – Image 659395 (© Kip Ladage)

 

For those wondering what happened to the pelican…I am speculating that maybe the bird was not injured, but was simply resting before continuing its long flight to warmer climates for the next few months.

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