These are American White Pelicans.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_White_Pelicanhttp://www.flickr.com/search/?q=white%20pelican&w=57791024%40N00They migrate every fall from the Northern Canadian prairies down through the middle American states to the tropics in the fall, and then go back up North in the spring.
we get thousands of them in Central Illinois. i live on the river and it's amazing to see a flock of 50-70 take off at one time just skimming over the Illinois River. i've read they exist around here now because their migratory route got messed up with the 1993 Mississippi flood that also impacted the Illinois. normally they wouldn't come up the Illinois, but all that water confused them and altered their route. so they migrate and "vacation" here until it's get colder and they move further South. we live on the river and they hang out around the islands across from our house. pretty amazing to see!
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