I stood amazed as they flew directly over me and my house. They were flying fairly low - it felt like Pterodactyls were flying over me. It really freaked out Fatty Cat as they flew over. She was puffed up so big and slinking around trying to get under something.
Anyway, of course, I was in shock at having seen such a sight. All I could remember to identify them with was the black wing tips. Looking through my field guide that night, I started looking for CRANES with black wing tips . . . which led me to Whooping Cranes. Boy, was I excited!! Did I actually see Whooping Cranes?!
Well, after doing some online searching I thought I really had and I posted this sighting here on my blog. But then I got a comment from OperationMigration that shot that idea right down. I then figured out how to email them and asked if they could give me some other ideas about a big crane-like bird with black wing tips. They emailed back: Wood Stork or maybe Sandhill Cranes.
So this morning on 5/13, I looked again at the field book, first at Wood Storks, which I thought maybe could be it, but then I came across the American White Pelican with its black wing tips Why I didn't see this the first time, I'll never know!!
. . . so that's what that was!!! Pelicans.