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Mobirders,
I need some help with the plummage description of the juvenile American White Pelican.
Sibley shows some mottling gray on the folded wing and some light pink around the lores and eye--can this occur during a molt in an adult bird.
At REDA, I had a large flock (maybe 200?) of pelicans and a dozen or more had the mottled (speckled) wing and the (very) light pinkish skin around the eye.  Were these juveniles? (Sibley again: juveniles = jul-mar).  Charlene mentioned that no one has confirmed breeding among the birds that hang out in the Two Rivers area, so I thought I would ask about these birds.
what caught my eye were several smaller pelicans (all turned out to be adults) and then while I was looking through them I saw a range of sizes with the above characteristics.  I see the young brown pelicans all the time, but have never seen young white, and have not paid particular attention to the migrating flocks.

Any discussion?

David Rogles
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p.s.--REDA water way down, and gates wide open.  Lots of debris going downstream.  Canvasbacks and shovelers (2 each) were all males.  Wood Duck female had 13(!) more-than-half-grown young following her.



 --- On Fri 06/11, Charlene and Jim Malone < [log in to unmask] > wrote:
From: Charlene and Jim Malone [mailto: [log in to unmask]]
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Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 19:10:28 -0500
Subject: LAUGHING GULL @ REDA 6/11/04

Dave Rogles called me to tell me that he has a sub adult LAUGHING GULL at<br>Riverlands EDA, St. Charles co.<br>It is located now in the bay next to the Ellis Island parking lot (the<br>parking lot off the road that goes under the Clark Bridge. Many people<br>parked there to observe the Smew)<br><br>The water is WAY down and attracting a lot of birds.<br>He also saw in amongst the River Debris:<br>3 DUNLIN<br>TWO LEAST TERNS - on the Least Tern Island(!!). Look for breeding, after<br>they lay their eggs..... the River will suddenly rise.;-)<br> a few FRANKLIN'S GULLS<br>2 CANVASBACKS, male<br>2 SHOVELERS<br>one strange possible gadwall/mallard combo female bird.<br><br>Pelican numbers have gone up and he is wondering if some of the birds are<br>not juveniles.<br>He is unsure of the appearance of juvenile plumage and is wanting input from<br>more experienced birders. He will post later with his observations and<br>questions concerning this.<br><br>Good birding,<br>Charlene Malone<br>St. Louis co.<br><br>__________________________________________________<br>*        Audubon Society of Missouri's           *<br>*         Wild Bird Discussion Forum             *<br>*------------------------------------------------*<br>* To unsubscribe send the message                *<br>*    SIGNOFF MOBIRDS-L                           *<br>* to [log in to unmask]                    *<br>* To subscribe send the message                  *<br>* SUBSCRIBE MOBIRDS-L your name                  *<br>* to [log in to unmask]                    *<br>*------------------------------------------------*<br>* To access the list archives from July 2002 on: *<br>* http://po.missouri.edu/archives/mobirds-l.html *<br>*                                                *<br>* To access the Audubon Society of Missouri Web  *<br>* Site:  http://www.mobirds.org                  *<br>##################################################<br>

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