I didn't attempt to continue the background pattern in this little area between pelicans. Life is just too short for that headache.
Now I've started stitching the individual pelican heads, top-knots and beaks. Beak doesn't sound right. The head is basketweave and I'm using the diagonal mosaic for the top-knots and beaks.
EDIT: I remembered--pelicans have bills. Glad I finally remembered that!