While driving by the lake earlier this week (on our way to town for Younger Daughter to get her driving learner's permit!), we saw a parade of pelicans.
They're surprisingly common around here.
For all their ungainly appearance, pelicans are extraordinarily graceful birds, particularly when they move synchronously to herd fish.
I feel very fortunate to live in a place where we can see pelicans.
UPDATE: Reader Sue in Oregon submitted this Ogden Nash limerick, which I thought was hilarious:
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
BUT I'M DAMNED IF I SEE HOW THE HELICAN!"