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A White American pelican flaps its wings on Portage Lake earlier this week. Residents spotted a dozen of the large birds that arrived on Memorial Day weekend. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Pelicans land on Portage Lake for the holiday

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Over Memorial Day weekend, a flock of pelicans started gathering on Portage Lake.

"I counted a dozen this morning, said lake resident Marilyn Peterson on Wednesday. "My husband has counted as many as 18."

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The Petersons said it's been a couple years since they've seen pelicans. The American White Pelicans are somewhat sporadic visitors, the couple maintains.

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