Tennessee River Gorge. These gorgeous birds aren't usually seen near Chattanooga. In fact, their brief appearance here has been turning the heads of quite a few serious bird watchers.
Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage facility near the Tennessee River Gardens."
Perhaps these guys were blown off course by the lines of thunderstorms that have swept through the area recently, or maybe they simply chose a different route.
Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer naturalist John Dever brought these images to our attention. Unfortunately these particular birds were not sighted during any excursions as they were spotted further downstream from the Explorer's normal route. But they are the kind of sightings Dever and others are constantly pointing out to passengers.
Want to learn more about American white pelicans? You can see their normal migratory patterns and even listen to their vocalizations on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.