Pelicans On The Prairie

A couple weeks ago, a flock of American White Pelicans visited our neighborhood. They were taking a rest stop on their migration north, and decided to hang out on a farm pond just north of our place. Did you know that this pelican is one of the largest birds in North America? They have nine foot wingspan, but in spite of their large size, they are very graceful fliers.

I took this short video of the flock on my way to work:

They left that afternoon, in a hurry to get to their breeding grounds further north. They’ll spend the summer raising their young in the Dakotas, or further north in Canada.

They only stayed with us one day, but it was nice to have them while they were here.

What birds do you see migrating through in your area?