The Pelican

The pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. It is also a regular feature in the sights you will see when you visit any California beach. Recently, I was surprised to find a flock of them along the shores of inland lake/reservoir located almost 40 miles inland in Southern California. Being a longtime fan of Ogden Nash, this reminded me of his famous poem/limerick in which the pelican is the chief protagonist.

A wonderful bird is the pelican.

His bill can hold more than his belican.

He can hold in his beak

Enough food for a week,

But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

-Ogden Nash

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