White Pelican and Ring-Necked Duck in Humboldt County, California
White Pelican and Ring-necked Duck in Humboldt County, California.--On the morning of September 11, 1947, three White Pelicans (Pelecmus erythrorhymhos) were noted flying over the edge of the northern arm of Humboldt Bay, California. On the afternoon of the same date, the three were again noted high up over the Samoa Channel of Humboldt Bay. On the morning of September 14, 1947, a single one flew over Eureka and the Eureka Channel of the bay.
A single Ring-necked Duck (Nyroca collaris) was closely observed at Big Lagoon, Humboldt County, California. The bird, a male, was swimming and diving parallel to the highway bridge which spans the lagoon. Although there was considerable traffic on the bridge, and the observer hung over the rail, the bird appeared undisturbed and remained within fifteen to twenty feet of the bridge.
Both these species are recorded from many parts of the state of California, but there seem to be no data on them from this northern coastal region-ROBERT R. TALMADGE, Eureka, California, December 17,1947.