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American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos


Typically breed on islands in shallow wetlands in the interior of the continent. They spend winters mainly on coastal waters, bays, and estuaries, or a little distance inland.


This sighting was a bit of a surprise and according to the reference site "All About Birds" and also to my field guide out of normal range. Central Tennessee is a bit east of their migration range and well out of their summer range. My local friend didn't remember ever seen Pelicans here. He thought maybe a few bad storms they've had lately might have force them off course.

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Spotted on Jul 1, 2017
Submitted on Jul 9, 2017

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