In previous years I have seen many free birds around the beach there but this year there are not even any free pelicans on the boardwalk or beach ... what has changed?
On my trip to the Keys in Jan ,I saw many birds..all kinds at the beaches, also at the rehab.Many pelicans ,gulls , commorants and small birds.
Agree with all answers! We were there a few weeks ago...saw pelicans on top of the cages...seemed like they had friends inside :) also yes TONS of pelicans at Robbies. I created a Bunch of new paintings from them while there :) at ebay now...chasingflowers
they are such beautiful birds! We will be back there in three more weeks:))
They have new management at the center and wanted to clean up the pelican area. I believe they are rebuilding it and will return soon
At the rehab area we didn't see birds on the boardwalk, but there were birds standing on the top of the "shed" which weren't caged. Thus was iyr only time there so can't say if things were different.
We saw a few on the boardwalk in January, but not nearly the amount as in previous years. We saw a spoonbill at the edge of the water in the sanctuary.
The wading bird population is down but from research I have done there isn't a definitive reason they discovered yet. There are still ibis you can find around eating areas and beaches. I saw quite a few at pennekamp park. There are also tons of pelicans at robbies marina where they steal the tarpon food!
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