Anne-Marie Cournoyer, who lives right outside Montreal, has been feeding birds and squirrels, but this has attracted the unwelcome attention of a predator, a Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii). But she got some terrific photos:
The chest feathers are very beautiful:
One would think that Iowa would be the last place in the U.S. to see pelicans, but reader Randy Schenck has them nearby, apparently resting on their migration. This first photo is from the day before yesterday:
Another large group of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) came in yesterday for a visit. This morning it looks like the Spanish Armada parked outside. The first photo is to show where they are on the lake compared to my location and you can see the hand rail on the balcony. I would estimate this group to be well over one hundred.
Here’s their range from the Cornell bird site; as you see, they do breed in parts of the Midwest, including Iowa, but all overwinter in the South, including Mexico and Central America:
And Randy’s addendum from yesterday:
The one hundred or more Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) still resting today and having no problems with the off and on rain all day. They cover the lake and move around all day just taking it easy.