Two dozen pelicans spotted in Lake Michigan

CLAYBANKS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Residents in Oceana County spotted some unusual visitors Monday--a flock of pelicans.

Phil Bower contacted the WZZM 13 Information Center after spotting at least 26 white American pelicans bobbing in Lake Michigan.

The pelican sighting is unusual, but not unheard of, according to Chuck Pistis of the Michigan Sea Grant Extension program.

"I've seen a handful over the years," he told the Grand Haven Tribune when a pelican was spotted in Spring Lake two years ago.

White pelicans typically spend the winter in the Gulf of Mexico and migrate north to Canada for nesting.

"Occasionally, we get a bird or birds that stray," Pistis said. "There's abundant food for them here, so they'll spend some time and rest up."

The southern visitors resemble swans, except for their long, orange beaks and the dark feathers under their wings when they take flight.


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