Flock of brown pelicans make rare appearance in Victoria's Inner Harbour

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By Sandra McCulloch, Times Colonist   December 6, 2012

A large contingent of brown pelicans has dropped into Victoria harbour for what's expected to be a short stay.

About two dozen pelicans, including at least two adults, are hanging out on rocky outcroppings - from Ogden Point and Fishermen's Wharf to the small island in the harbour where a wind sock assists the takeoff and landing of float planes.

It's not the first time brown pelicans have been spotted in Greater Victoria, but there are more of them than Victoria birder Ann Nightingale has seen at one time.

The range of the brown pelican has been moving northward up the coast over the years "likely due to climate change," Nightingale said.

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