Pelicans in Hamilton Canada?

Pelicans in Hamilton Canada

Wednesday August 21 2013

 American Pelican

American Pelican

On Sunday August 18 2013 I saw a large bird in middle of Cootes Paradise  lake -What a shock to understand it was a PELICAN, I never had an idea that Pelicans would ever come this far off-course, they do go up to North Bay and stay west of Southern Ontario.These images were taken in Hamilton Canada , the lake is actually a wetlands called Cootes Paradise. The Harbourfront Trail runs into Cootes paradise from Harbourfront Park. Hamilton has a Harbour that is part of the  Lake Ontario Ecosystem-very close too Toronto Canada.

Below is some interesting information, and Images, Enjoy

Doug Worrall

friend and Cormorants

friend and Cormorants

The American White Pelican is a very large bird weighing about 6-7 kg, with white feathers and black wing tips. It has a large orange-yellow bill and pouch, a short, stout tail, webbed feet and a wingspan of up to three metres. Juvenile birds have greyish feathers during their first summer and autumn. This bird usually does not stray far from the water.

 Pelican flying

Pelican flying

American White Pelicans are found across the north-central and western United States. In Canada, they are found from the interior of British Columbia, east to northwestern Ontario. These birds migrate south to the Gulf Coast states and Mexico. Ontario has about 10 per cent of the world’s population of American White Pelicans.

 Pelican in flight

Pelican in flight


American White Pelicans nest in groups on remote islands that are barren or sparsely treed located in lakes, reservoirs, or on large rivers. Remote islands offer eggs and chicks some protection from predators. Pelicans nest in slight depressions in the ground with sticks and vegetation piled up around them. Their diet is mainly fish.


Changes in water levels can have a major impact on breeding American White Pelicans. High water levels can flood nests whereas low water levels can make nesting colonies susceptible to more predators, such as coyotes, through land-bridges. Disease (e.g., avian botulism and West Nile) and human disturbance are also threats. American White Pelicans are also susceptible to shooting, oil spills and water contamination on their southern wintering grounds.

The Ministry of Natural Resources tracks species at risk such as the American White Pelican . You can use a handy online form to report your sightings to the Natural Heritage Information Centre. Photographs with specific locations or mapping coordinates are always helpful.

 Pelican never came back yet

Pelican never came back yet

  • Report any illegal activity related to plants and wildlife to 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).
    • Volunteer with your local nature club or provincial park to participate in surveys or stewardship work focused on species at risk.
    • Private land owners have a very important role to play in species recovery. You may be eligible for stewardship programs that support the protection and recovery of species at risk and their habitats.
    • Bird Studies Canada is working to advance the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitat in Ontario and elsewhere.


Sources: Wikipedia-The Ministry of Natural Resoursces


Doug Worrall Photographer



2 responses to “Pelicans in Hamilton Canada?

  1. That second pix is amazing – the lovely pelican with broad bill surrounded by the cormorants ( with heads and necks like parenthesis bookending the larger bird)…are they pointing him the way to the exit and jet stream winds? They look so oblivious to him… or refusing to recognize his existence.
    Stranger in a strange land? One who always wanted to take an exotic vacation?Such things to ponder.
    Was it quiet or were they all making a bird racket?
    You certainly were in the right spot at the right time – very cool

  2. Hello Philosopher,
    They seemed to be interested in him, and lead him where the fish were
    there were over 1000 cormorants swimming/flying/diving while they swarmed and fed across the lake out of my range.It was “luck” the bird was blown off course
    they are much further west and South.,from what I understand, I did a television interview, I am the first to ever get an image of a pelican in Southern Ontario “supposedly”

    Thank you


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