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Unusual Wildlife In Tucson, AZ: "A Wonderful Bird Is the Pelican"

A pelican lights on a lake in Tucson, Arizona (of all places!)

A pelican in Tucson, Arizona?

I was shooting a video with REALTOR Kevin Wood, Realty Execs just down the street.  Sitting at the kitchen table with the Flip Video camera, I was asking Kevin about the home he had just listed.

"Just down the street, there's a lake" he said.  I had to see for myself.  What I saw took my mind back to my high school english days, with the poet Ogden Nash.

A wonderful bird is the Pelican.

His beak can hold more than his belican.

He can hold in his beak

Enough food for a week,

But I'm darned if I know how the helican.

A lake in the middle of Tucson, Arizona.  Go figure~


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EDIT:  Here's a link to the home for sale

Large 4/2 SE Tucson Home with Huge Backyard and Lake Nearby

Comment balloon 34 commentsMike Jones • September 20 2009 01:31AM


I haven't heard that poem in a long time - since I was a kid, and my brother told me he wrote it.  He said he could make up stuff on the spot, the helican.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 11 years ago

I've found the pelican hangouts here in San Diego. Finally! There are three of them, two of which are accessible to walkers. They are probably my third favorite bird behind flamingos and hummingbirds. I also found three baby pelicans at the Wild Animal Park last week, so of course I had to do a blog on them over at my home inspection blog.

Imperial Beach, California

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 11 years ago

Mike - What a handsome looking fella and beautiful shots!

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 11 years ago

I love Pelicans... but I am surprised they are in AZ... helofadeal!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) about 11 years ago

Wonderful photo (as always) -- was not aware that pelicans were in Tuscon.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

I dont think I have ever heard that poem. What in the world is a pelican doing in you neck of the woods?

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 11 years ago

Mike's Multi-media cultural outlet!

With Poetry and Photos!

Thanks, Mike.  Ogden Nash is a fun favorite.  Nice shots too.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) about 11 years ago

I have often pondered som of lifes strangest things but I do not think that I have ever taken on the Pelican in the way Ogden Nash has.  Thank you for sharing both the picture and to poem with us this morning.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

You certainly tied that all together very well!  That's a very pretty lake shot with the mountain background that you've taken!

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 11 years ago


Thanks!  The 3 BR/2 BA home is just 4/10ths of a mile down the street from the location where I snapped this photo, and it's only $119,000.


You're welcome!


It's just FUN!


The lake is stocked with fish, and that pelican appreciates it.


Me neither...


That's good!  I love Nash.


Thanks for stopping by to say so!


Feel free to edit in a live link so we can check out the baby pelicans.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

A pelican n Arizona? I guess we all get lost sometimes.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike, I never heard that poem before and I love it!  We only occasionally see white pelicans here during migration.  Ours are the brown variety and they always come over when my husbands returns from his fishing trips. They know where the food is!


Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 11 years ago

My Dad used to love the pelicans when he lived in Florida. They always know where the good fish are. Didn't realize they lived in AZ too.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 11 years ago


Me neither!


This is the first white pelican I've seen ~ ever!


One of the snowbirds must have met him on Facebook, and invited him to Arizona.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Mike - I would never have thought pelicans to be in Arizona!  One doesn't equate water birds with the desert.  :)  Thanks for sharing - now I will never think of the desert in quite the same way.  But then ... you've been steadily changing my mind about it anyway!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Would never have expected a pelican in Arizona.  Of course, have always wondered how you see sea gulls so far from the ocean at times too.


Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Mike,  can you give us the address of the property? 


My mom recited that poem a few times when I was a kid. 

Posted by Cheryl Johnson about 11 years ago

Too funny. I was trying to take of picture of an egret at Tucson Nat'l on Friday. There are a lot of "exotic" birds out here. To me, the coolest is the "Harris" hawk. I was walking the course several years back and happened upon several of these hawks about 15 feet away. They were feeding on a dove. They did not back off at all. I was really surprised.

Nice pic....

Posted by Patrick Randles (Nova Home Loans) about 11 years ago

Hey Mike - I grew on a lake in MN that had tons of pelicans so this brought me right back home.  Loved it!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 11 years ago

Uncle Mike,

How did I know there would be a post about the lake this weekend? You can't pass up a photo op if you had to. You're a great photographer, storyteller, and friend. God bless you UM.

Posted by Kevin Wood,, Tucson, AZ Realtor (Keller Williams Southern Arizona) about 11 years ago

HI Mike,

Great photos we have walked around there many a time...time to return!

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 11 years ago

That's neat, Mike! Great photo of an unexpected bird to find in Tucson, and thanks for the Ogden Nash blast from the past.



Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) about 11 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  I am stumped -- I have this lake narrowed down to two neighborhoods here in Tucson (based on the price!) But I haven't seen pelicans at one of them!   Help!  Where is it?!  -- Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike: Funny poem but that first picture is so vibrant.  Was that with your Flip?  I don't think mine has ever gotten a picture like that with such clarity.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 11 years ago

Hey Birthday Bro - 9.24 is a great day to celebrate!  We appreciate you!  Hope you have a wonderful time reflecting on the gifts that God has presented you. 

Posted by John Morgan about 11 years ago

Kid brother,

Thanks for stopping by.  We had a great day yesterday.


No, I took the photo with my Panasonic Lumix.  Cheap at Costco--$225-$250.


South on Pantano, and then east on Stella.  I'd never seen it either.


I'm glad you like it!~Thanks for commenting.


I'd never seen it.  I'm glad you know where it is.


Thanks.  Now to get the video done...


I like to make people smile.  Glad you did.


Hawks on prey are pretty agressive.  One in my back yard allowed me within fifteen feet before it took off with it's meal (a dove.)


I'll get it for you.

Kim & Carol,

It's the first pelican I've ever seen here in Tucson.  Surprised me, too!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

What a beautiful photo!  The colors are so sharp!  My nephew once tossed a fish to a pelican and nearly choked it to death because the fish he tossed was dead and stiff as a board.  That poor bird.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 11 years ago


Poor nephew!  And that little Panasonic Lumix has a great glass lens!  (Leica)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

I had to go on a pelican searching expedition with my marketing guru a couple of weeks ago. I think we've found the three spots -- excluding the Wild Animal Park - where the pelicans hang out here. They are clumsy-looking birds, but I guess they get the job done.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 11 years ago

I don't remember when, but back when I lived in Tucson there were pelicans.  Someone claimed they blew in with a storm.  I don't remember much else since it had to be more than 26 years ago.  Seems like it was in the newspaper.  ????  Now I want to know. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago

By the way, those are beautiful shots.  I love the water on the top one, so pretty. 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) about 11 years ago


It's a great photo considering the subject matter is in Tucson!  LOL


We were watching America's Funniest Home Videos yesterday; a woman was offering food to a pelican, and it grabbed her whole arm in it's mouth!  (Much to the surprise and consternation of the woman, not to mention the pelican.)

Mike in Tucson



Here's a link to a post on the home for sale:

Large 4/2 SE Tucson Home with Huge Backyard and Lake Nearby

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago


How is Ginny? This is Marsha who used to clean your house.


Marsha Shonk

Posted by Marsha Shonk about 11 years ago


Ginny's doing well.  Please email me through Active Rain (see top right on this page under my photo) and we'll get in touch.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

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