Brown pelican sighting a 'sensation' at Atwood Lake

August 29, 2012

A brown pelican confirmed to be spotted around the Atwood Lake Region is causing a stir in the immediate and birding communities.

The bird first was spotted on Friday, Aug. 24, and since then, daily sightings have been confirmed and a few photos have been distributed.

A story in the New Philadelphia Times-Reporter published on Wednesday, Aug. 29, provides additional details. To read the story, click on the following link:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife reports that the brown pelican at Atwood Lake is only the sixth confirmed sighting of the species - ever! Experts suggest that the effects of Hurricane Isaac may have sent the bird off its normal flying course.

While viewing is not guaranteed, birding fans have been heading to Atwood Lake with high-powered cameras hoping to catch a glimpse - and a photo or two - of the brown pelican.

The lake, which offers free public boat launch ramps all year long, also has two marinas with boat rentals at Atwood Lake Boats East and Atwood Lake Boats West. For more details visit:

You also can follow updates on the bird by visiting the MWCD's pages on Facebook and Twitter.


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