Pelican, that Wondrous Bird

July 19, 2016

Brown pelican, Westport, WA

Brown pelican, Westport, WA

The beach at Westport, Washington sports a long jetty — the perfect place to watch seagulls, pelicans, and other birds fly by at almost eye-level.  When I saw this brown pelican, I was reminded of this humorous poem:

“Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.
Though I’m damned if I know how the helican.”
— Dixon Lanier Merritt

In one of those serendipitous occurrences, one of the bloggers I follow, Linda at “The Task at Hand,” just served up a post about pelicans.  Luckily she had done the research and I could properly attribute the poem to Merritt.  Her timely words saved me some time in writing my post!

Watercolor sketch of brown pelican in flight

Watercolor sketch of brown pelican in flight


2 Responses to “Pelican, that Wondrous Bird”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Your pelican’s one of the most elegant I’ve seen. They’re truly sweet, funny, awkward birds — and more fun to watch than nearly any other species. It’s amazing that I produced the Merritt poem for you — it’s a perfect fit here.

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