This is an American white pelican. They live in North America. In Wisconsin, lots of pelicans migrate through, but some decide to stay here for the summer. The one in this picture lives at the NEW Zoo in Green Bay.
American white pelicans are big birds. They build a nest and the female lays 2 or 3 eggs. When they hatch, both the male and female take care of the chicks.
Unlike the brown pelican, which dives into the water from the air for fish, American white pelicans do not dive. They swim on top of the water and stick their beaks in for fish. They have a stretchy throat sac under their bill for holding fish. They like to fish in groups, so they can chase the fish to each other. You usually don’t see a pelican all by itself.
On Tuesday, my Grandpa Miller told us that there were a bunch of pelicans living in the Fox River at Olde Oneida Street near his office. So we went to go take a look. There were a whole bunch of pelicans sitting in a line on a wall in the river. The water was moving very fast, and some pelicans were sitting in the water riding down the river. Then they would fly up river, land in the water, and go for a ride again. They looked like they were having fun.
We went over to the other side of the river and got a nice closeup view of three pelicans swimming and perching on a branch.