Oct 23, 2017. This was my first time witnessing what may have been a white pelican migration. I was at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge's North Skyway area and was standing on the sandy area where the kite boarders launch. Behind me was the access road to get here. On the other side of the fence along the access road, I could here the sound of cars buzzing by me on I-275.
This location is on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Skyway Bridge. On the horizon are views of Tampa Bay's St. Pete Beach, Fort DeSoto, and St. Petersburg. In the distance I saw a small dot that was growing. At first I thought this was a colony of black skimmers. When I realized this mass was heading my direction, I noticed the grouping and flight pattern were not the same as the black skimmer.