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Photo Rest Stop

Photo Rest Stop
Photo Rest Stop
REST STOP — Only a few of an estimated 5,000 white pelicans that visited Reelfoot Lake this week are shown in this photo taken by Ginny Acree of Reelfoot Lake, formerly of Union City. Mrs. Acree said the photo was taken Sunday as the birds were gathered at stumps near Rat Island Sound. “We saw them when they came through last spring, and now they’re back. They’re still here. I guess they’re taking a long rest,” she said today. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency biologist Paul Brown said the big birds are on their annual fall migration from Canada and the Great Lakes region to the Gulf Coast and Central America. “We see them in spring and fall, going both directions,” Brown said. “They are like everything else that migrates the Mississippi Flyway: They like Reelfoot Lake. It’s got a lot of stumps for them to rest on and feed up, then go on south. All the ducks, geese, eagles and pelicans like Reelfoot Lake.” Published in The Messenger 10.24.08

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