- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - A great white pelican has appeared at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge - a good 4,000 miles from its home range.

Southwest Florida news outlets reported Tuesday that the bird was first spotted Sunday.

The stray pelican immediately made waves in the birding community, including among “Ding” Darling staff, who promptly made it the refuge’s Facebook cover photo. “Ding” Darling Supervisory Ranger Toni Westland told a local paper that “It’s the rarest of the rare.”

It may be the first North American sighting of the bird, which is a resident of parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

It’s much larger than other, native pelicans in the refuge.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide