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Wewahitchka, FL

February 28, 2013
5:55 PM

Post #9434958

this is a flock of birds seen doing a spiral circle in N.W. Florida. What r they and what r they doing ?

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Charleston, SC

February 28, 2013
7:16 PM

Post #9435025

They are White Pelicans and they are flying in a spiral circle. :p Things like air currents and thermals (rising warm air) affect how birds like this fly sometimes.


Merritt Island, FL
(Zone 10a)

February 28, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9435030

Whoops, while I was typing, flatpickit answered your question...

Those are all American White Pelicans.

They are much larger than our resident Brown Pelicans (9-10ft wingspan vs. about a 5-6ft wingspan for the Brown).

The American White does not nest in Florida-just spends the winter with us. It's common to see those large flocks of White Pelicans all winter.

Brown Pelicans don't flock like that; they usually fly in small lines or v-formations of only a few birds much closer to the ground.

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