Returns of Banded California Brown Pelicans
Returns of Banded California Brown Pelicans.-Early returns of pelicans banded at Anacapa Island, Ventura County, California, in April, 1939, and May, 1940, were reported by me in 1942 in the Condor (44: 116-121). Since that time eight additional returns have come in as follows, all but the last one banded on May 1.5, 1940.
How obtained Date Place
Shot Season, 1942” 4 miles S San Rafael, Calif.
Found injured May 22, 1944 Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, Calif.
Found dead Aug. 22,1944 Near Femdale, Calif.
Shot , Jan. 1, 1945 About 4 km. from mouth of Rio Acaponeta, , Nayarit, Mexico
Found April 30, 1945 Ensenada, Baja Calif., Mexico
Dead on beach Nov. 4, 1945 Santa Cruz, Calif.
Caught on fish hook About April 1, 1947 Huntington Beach, Calif.
Found dead Jan. 4, 1946 Between Coronado and Imperial Beach, Calif.
Thus 8 (7.62 per cent) of the 105 nestings banded on April 16, 1939, and 63 (14.00 per cent) of the 450 banded on May 15, 1940, have been returned. The localities reported are all within the range established by the early returns. The oldest birds so far heard from are the last two listed here: 6 years and about 11 months, and 6 years and about 9 months, respectively.
The bid found at Ensenada may possibly have been nesting in the vicinity, but the question of whether or not there is any attachment to the natal colony is not answered by these returns.-R. M. BOND, Soil Conservation Service, Portland, Oregon, December 22, 1947.