They're back! Every year bird watchers wait for the arrival of the white pelicans in Baton Rouge. A few days ago the first ones got here, and the flock has been growing every day since. Pelicans aren't like geese. With geese, one day there aren't any, the next day there are millions.
The pelican is a cautious bird. First an advance scouting party turns up. This year the first few showed up on the University Lakes just before Thanksgiving. Then, while you and I were haunting the malls and tree farms, the flock began arriving in big numbers. Nobody seems to know why they all of a sudden a few years ago took such a shine to the University Lakes, but they're now welcome visitors -- awaited each year with anticipation.