St. Martin

Jan 15, 2014 6:49 PM by Kari Beal

Hundreds of pelicans flock to Catahoula Lake in St. Martinville

A rare, glistening sight at Catahoula Lake in St. Martinville. Hundreds of white pelicans are flocking to the area. Yesterday, around 500 birds gathered below the bridge on Catahoula Highway. Residents say they've never seen anything like this before, but it's a pleasant surprise.

"I've lived here all my life, almost 73 years. I've never seen this before. It's the first time I've seen that many white pelicans up here. It has to be that there's a lot of food for them to come up this far," said Catahoula resident Jackie Theriot

Many people huddled over the bridge Tuesday just to get a glimpse of the event.

"They were amazed and amused that there were so many birds. And to see the pelicans swim in harmony and fish together, it was quite a scene," Theriot said.

These birds don't usually travel to this part of the state, but hundreds of pelicans still roamed the waters today. The Department of Louisiana's Wildlife and Fisheries Agency is looking into exactly why these birds are here. Residents suspect they're here for food.

"Hopefully it won't cause too many problems if they stay," said Theriot.

Theriot said the only concern he has is that too much fecal matter could get into the water.

Residents said anyone who hopes to catch a glimpse of the pelicans should drive by Catahoula Highway around 7 in the morning. That's when the largest number of pelicans are out. Below is a map of the location. Click here for Google Maps view. Or GPS 4564 Catahoula Hwy
St Martinville, LA 70582 ‎

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