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Photo: A squadron of pelicans lands for a nap

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Our photo of the day comes from Atascadero Lake, California.

Group animal names are endlessly endearing – a murder of crows, a shrewdness of apes, a parliament of owls – and pelicans get in on the fun too. So what do we call this cluster of white ones, photographed by Sam McMillan? Pelican collective nouns include a brief, a pod, a pouch, a scoop, and my favorite, a squadron ... even if this squadron has landed for a group nap.

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