A paddleboarder gets a close-up view of yesterday’s pelican convention.

There were about a dozen brown pelicans at the end of Carmel River yesterday morning when I reached the river beach with the dogs on leash. Then over the next ten minutes over 150 more pelicans flew in, most from the direction of Point Lobos. It clearly was some kind of convention, perhaps, mapping out the strategy for the rest of the day. It was good to see such large numbers of a bird that had once faced extinction.

I counted 28 pelicans in this group.

The brown pelican which once faced extinction due to exposure to certain pesticides, now banned, appears to be thriving along the Monterey coastline.

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