Image from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican
Latest posts from NY Birding News declare an American White Pelican (maybe two or three) can be seen at Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Queens, from the bird blind at Big John's Pond,
This is a rare sight. American White Pelicans are more common in warm climates, such as in Florida or along the Gulf of Mexico. Although sighting of this large North American bird have been reported before around New York Harbor and in the northeast, the view of one or a small flock are still sporadic enough to make it a special scene. The birds tend to migrate by day in flocks to coastal lowlands. Strays occasionally will wander or get pushed farther north by storms.
If you wish to see this wayward pelican it’s best to head down to Jamaica Bay soon. Wildlife always have a way of coming and going without warming.
Look for a big white bird, one of the largest in North America, with a long yellowish bill and a 9-foot long wingspan. It loves to dive for fish. Happy birding!
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1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell