Reader photos: White pelicans

/Linda Valentine photos

Linda Valentine sent in these photos of white pelicans on a Western Kenosha County lake this morning at about 8 a.m. She writes:

They were led by one and in a relatively straight line, then the leader would make their head turn and stab the water and all the others then would catch up and form a circle and each , but as a unit would poke in and feed, tails up in the air…. they continued this, the lead bird always the lead bird.. I watched for 15 minutes and they continued… in that time, they had covered about 200 ft. I have been here 16 years and this is the first I have seen this many or this activity.

The DNR says white pelicans — once-scarce pouched birds — are now appearing in ever-growing numbers in Wisconsin.


One Comment

  1. Sandra Bachman says:

    About three weeks ago while walking from my car to my apartment, across from the Marina on Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wi., I saw a large bird gliding in front of my building. It was white with a huge wingspan, and a long beak. It was heading towards the lake. I was so excited. I have been wanting to see a pelican in Kenosha, and I’m sure that’s what it was. I have not seen one since.

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