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Re: birds/pelicans

And when we lived in Daytona Beach, one of our friends who was a beach
patrol cop told us they constantly had problems with college kids
throwing alka seltzer tablets up in the air so the pelicans would swoop
up and eat them but then die from it because they were unable to
"burp"...I always loved watching these animals at the beach when we
lived there...we don't have pelicans in Iowa, obviously, so I found
these strange looking creatures rather adorable...they are one of the
few things I do miss about Florida :-)

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Thu 02/20,  < Aplfgcnys@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: Aplfgcnys@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 18:18:26 EST
Subject: Re: [CHAT] birds

Pelicans are just bizarre. And somehow unbelievable.  I saw white pelicans at 
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and at the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge near Buffalo, NY. 
 Neither place was where I expected to see them, but there they were.  Brown 
pelicans at Chincoteague just look comical.  I still think the GBH is the 
most prehistoric-looking.  Auralie

In a message dated 02/20/2003 5:36:07 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
jsinger@igc.org writes:

> my wife might disagree with you. she maintains that pelicans are the last 
> link to flying dinosaurs. but they're not very interesting when they 
> walk--they just waddle like a duck.
> At 09:33 AM 2/20/03 -0500, you wrote:
> >In a message dated 02/19/2003 7:59:05 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> >jsinger@igc.org writes:
> >
> >>i've had to stop my truck to allow a slow moving great blue
> >>heron to cross the road. they move so deliberately slow, placing one foot
> >>so methodically in front of the other. i've come to think of them as
> >>mechanical objects just because of how they move. but they make 
> >eye-contact
> >>
> >>with you--big amber eyes with iridescent blue in the iris. and that's why
> >>you don't run the dumb things over; they've got your number.
> >>
> >
> >I always think they look prehistoric.  In my mind, they support the
> >connection of birds and dinosaurs more than any other birds.

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