Rain and wind from Hurricane Isaac isnít expected in Northeast Ohio until this weekend, but experts say a victim of the storm has already arrived.
A rare brown pelican has turned up here.
The bird has been spotted at Atwood Lake southeast of Canton in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties.
The sighting is only the sixth time that the brown pelican has been spotted in the state.
The discovery has birdwatchers flocking to the lake, said Darrin Lautenschleger, public affairs administrator at the Muskingum Conservancy Watershed District that manages Atwood Lake.
The hurricane is believed to have blown the bird into Ohio, according to experts with the Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesí Division of Wildlife.
The bird was first spotted late Friday and has been seen daily.
The first brown pelican spotted in Ohio was in 1990.
The birds have a wingspan of nearly 80 inches and weigh more than 8 pounds. They eat fish and catch them by diving.
How long the brown pelican might stay at Atwood Lake is unknown, experts said.