The Ozarks is blessed with being in the middle of the Mississippi Flyway of waterfowl migration. We have ample large bodies of water for birds to rest upon during migration and no mountain ranges to impede their progress. This means that we’re likely to see many kinds of birds in passing that do not live here permanently.
This is the case with the White Pelican. In October and November we’ve seen White Pelicans at Truman Reservoir in Henry County, Missouri. We didn’t know what they were at first, and we sure didn’t think of pelicans, but the second time we saw them we were in kayaks and could get a closer look. Sure enough. Pelicans.