Every year for at least a decade these rare birds have been showing up around High Rock Lake. American white pelicans have a normal range that spans from the Gulf of Mexico to central Canada.
They usually arrive late January and stay until the early to mid April. The pelicans can be seen all over High Rock Lake and they usually follow flocks of cormorants that feed on schools of bait fish. Most days when they are here you can spot at least a few just below the dam on Bringle Ferry Road.
Pelican Pics from 2023
The American white pelicans arrived around the second week of January 2023. The first sightings of the birds were near the Flat Creek Access on the Tuckertown Reservoir and a few were seen near Tamarac Marina about the same time.