Touring pelicans make pit stop at Rockford

April 21, 2010

Photos by Tom Eighmy

Ogle County resident Tom Eighmy found these white pelicans resting on an island in the middle of the Rock River along Route 2. He said the birds were first spotted Tuesday, April 13, flying past his house. Later, he said, “someone told us they were on the island,” so he went out to see them. They came by every night from Tuesday the 13th through Friday, April 16. The pelicans settled for a while along the river between Rockford and Byron. Eighmy estimates there were about 50-60 birds.

One Comment

  1. Granny

    June 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    We came by there today and stopped for lunch by the coil manufacturing plant along flooded Rock River. Watched ?white vultures flying overhead in big groups. Eventually they landed on and around island then paraded out in a group of at least 100 and took of in pairs or maybe 5 at a time until all but one were gone. Astounding visit!

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