I stood on the observation deck on south side of Swan Lake and watched the
immature Brown Pelican fly slowly across the lake from left to right,
appearing to land just beyond my line of sight. (Of course!)  Gimpitis
prevented my walking the east levee to see if it was visible from there.
But the light was good and I got very good looks with my scope of the bird
in flight. They fly nicely for following with optics.  The smaller size
compared to American White Pelican was obvious.   The whites were flying in
groups; the brown, alone.

In South Pool, to the east of the road there were Mallards, a few Northern
Shovelers, a couple of Greater Yellowlegs, and a solitary Solitary
Sandpiper.  Also there, at the back, were at least 6 dark ibises,
silhouetted against the morning sun.   Full list on ebird.

June Newman

On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 9:22 PM, Dianne & Steve Kinder <
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> I observed the immature BRPE again this morning at the refuge. It was on
> one of the big dirt mounds with White Pelicans and DC Cormorants. It tends
> to stay on the edge of the other birds so it can be seen with a scope. I
> observed it from the east levee and also from the wood observation platform
> on the south side of Swan Lake. Some of the other birds seen today-
> Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail,
> and Green-winged Teal
> Least Bittern -1 Great Egret- 55, GB Heron - 45 with 30 in one spot
> Sora - 10
> Marsh Wren - 12
> Red-headed Woodpecker - lots in the woods
> Forester's Tern - 1
> Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier -3-4, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
> Red-tailed Hawk
> No shorebirds except Killdeer
> Coyote
> Watched a large Bobcat cross the road south of the campground at Pershing
> SP yesterday and walk through the yard by the Park Superintends house.
> Enjoyed my first Persimmon of the year yesterday also,so I know it's really
> Fall now!
> Later,
> Steve Kinder
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