A flock of American white pelicans settled on Lake Conway on Monday, drawing the interest of "birders" and casual lake observers. According to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission bird conservation biologist Karen Rowe, it’s not uncommon for the pelicans to have a layover and eat their fill of fish in Arkansas lakes near their migratory route, which follows the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers between Mississippi and the northern Great Plains. Though frequent visitors during migratory season, the pelicans don’t linger for very long and often come as a surprise to those who only casually observe the wildlife of the lake, Rowe said. Those looking for a rarer bird in Arkansas should keep their eyes out for a trumpeter swan, she added, which has been re-introduced to the state and should return here to winter. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY DARREN HUCKEY