Last weekend, two of the Chester Island birds, CH19 and CH23, crossed the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula. The trip took about 24 hours from Louisiana, where both birds had traveled after breeding. CH 19 crossed from Grand Isle, LA to the northern coast of the Yucatan, while CH 23 crossed from Vermilion Bay to the western side of the peninsula.
Several of the other pelicans are beginning to migrate, with some traveling along the Mexican coast and others headed toward Key West. I'll continue to share some more of their movements as they settle in for the winter.