Brown pelicans of Alameda’s Breakwater Island – September 2013

Breakwater Island runs along the south side of the Alameda Point Channel.  It was officially transferred from the Navy to the City of Alameda in June of 2013.  It is the largest night roosting site for California brown pelicans in San Francisco Bay.  During the warm months, hundreds of pelicans can be seen on the breakwater.  An early September kayak trip past Breakwater Island found their numbers down to a few dozen, most likely due to good fishing elsewhere in the Bay Area.  By December most of the pelicans will have migrated south to places such as the Channel Islands where they nest.

Brown pelicans on Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelicans of Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelicans of Breakwater Island, Alameda

Young brown pelican on Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelicans of Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelican on Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelican on Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelican on Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelicans on Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelicans of Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelicans of Breakwater Island, Alameda

Brown pelican flying toward Breakwater Island, Alameda

Breakwater Island.  Alameda Point is to the right.  San Francisco Bay is to the left.  San Francisco is in the background.
Breakwater Island. Alameda Point is to the right. San Francisco Bay is to the left. San Francisco is in the background.

Author: richard94501

My blog is Alameda Point Environmental Report covering environmental issues from wildlife to cleanup at the former Navy base in Alameda now called Alameda Point. Articles on my blog are frequently printed in the Alameda Sun newspaper. I also host a Twitter site and a Flickr photo site. I hope you find my stories and photos of interest. Richard Bangert Alameda, California

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