The bird watchers and naturalists of Northeast Ohio are all out, looking for and keeping tabs on a very rare visitor.
Jen Brumfield, a Cleveland Metroparks Naturalist, was the first to spot the brown pelican in Cleveland back on June 24. Rare because this is a coastal pelican that lives in the south, but it has been hanging around the East 55th Street Marina in Cleveland.
"For one to stay here this many months in a row, it is incredible. It's one for the record books for sure," says Brumfield.
One theory on why the pelican is here is that Tropical Storm Andrew blew it in and because of Lake Erie's fish population, the bird stayed.
"We've got a lot of eyes on this bird making sure it's healthy, watching to see of it is malnourished, if it's showing signs of weakness," says Brumfield.
The pelican has been spotted trying to fly south a couple of times, but it always comes back to Lake Erie. The fear is if the lake freezes over, this pelican who plunges into the lake to fish, will die.
"If the bird does show signs of severe weakness not being able to fly not being able to forge on it's own we would attempt to come and then attempt to capture for the purpose rescue and attempt to take it to rehabilitation," says Brumfield.
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