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Birds of the St. Croix River Valley: Minnesota and Wisconsin

FAMILY PELECANIDAE

Pelicans


White Pelican

White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorynchos)

Status: Casual migrant.

Distribution: White pelicans have been observed in the Valley at least 10 times: St. Croix County-28-30 April 1941 (Schorger 1954), May 1950, and 2-6 November 1975 (Lesher 1976). Polk County-23 April 1867 (Schorger 1954), and 24 April to 12 June 1947. Burnett County-10 July 1970 (Crex Meadows files), and 30 October 1883 (Schorger 1954). Washington County-16 April 1976. Chisago County-about 60 white pelicans were observed migrating upstream at Taylor's Falls on 14 April 1979 (Turner 1979). Pine County-18 September 1972 (M. Link, personal communication).

Habitat: Most records of white pelicans have been of birds using large lakes, man-made impoundments, or open stretches of the St. Croix River.


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