Pelicans visit Lake Riverside Estates

A pelican leaps from the water onto the dock to join his flock mates at Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Delisa Mannix photo
As they do several times a year, a flock of American White Pelicans made an appearance at the Lake Riverside Estates’ shallow lake. Often seen riding the thermals high above the small community, the group of white birds with yellow-orange beaks and feet and black wingtips splash land in the safe waters for a fish dinner. American White Pelicans commonly forage in the shallow waters of inland marshes, lakes and rivers. During migrations, they stop in these places to forage and rest. They do not normally winter inland, though the Salton Sea in Southern California is an exception. Flapping its wings for balance, this pelican perches on one of the bubblers in the water at Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Deli
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