The pair of American white pelicans we posted about in the middle of last week stuck around for the weekend. Chris Takacs reports that on Saturday at 7 am the duo was spotted from Laurel Hill in Secaucus briefly flying around the Hackensack River and Saw Mill Wildlife Management Area. This breed of bird is a very rare sight for the Meadowlands region.
Next, the pelicans were seen at 12:30 pm from DeKorte Park in the mudflats near Saw Mill Creek – Chris’ photo was taken from DeKorte. They then moved to the corner of the Transco Trail and the NJ Turnpike and at about 2 pm flew back over the Turnpike and settled in the water just near the Turnpike Bridge. They were later scene from Laurel Hill at 5:30 pm
Last summer a lone American white pelican was spotted on the Saw Mill Creek mudflats in DeKorte Park. George, as the pelican was called, could be seen all the way through Oct. 17, at least 104 days.
Could one of these pelicans be George? Hopefully they stick around.