Thursday, January 11, 2018

Brown Pelican

Erika and I spent most of the afternoon of 8 July 2017 exploring the grounds of the Ensenada Lodge in western Costa Rica. We found a Brown Pelican guarding the end of a rickety pier. We were familiar with Brown Pelicans along the coasts of the United States. They range south into northern South America. Other posts on the species can be found by searching this blog.

Ogden Nash did not write the famous pelican limerick:

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the helican!

Instead this poem was written by Dixon Lanier Merritt (1879–1972). He was not only a poet and humorist, but also a founding member of the Tennessee Ornithological Soceity (Wikipedia).

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