Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.
Red-throated Loons, arctic nesters, can be seen on Lake Superior during their fall migration. Birders consider such a sighting an event, because this is not a species commonly seen here. One is good, two is better, more is better yet. So, how about today's report from New Jersey. A birder conducting a seawatch in Cape May County, counting migrants, recorded more than 16,500 Red-throated Loons today. It was a spectacle, with hundreds of loons often in sight at the same time. Hourly counts never were less than 2,000 birds. The information comes from the email network BirdChat, as posted by a man named Tony Leukering. Here is a Red-throated Loon photo taken three years ago in Alaska.