I received a report from a man who lives on Pike Bay of Lake Vermilion on Tuesday.
"I wish you could see what I’m seeing," he said. "There are 58 loons in one group on Pike Bay."
The bay represented the only significant piece of open water on the lake, the caller said, and the loons had apparently congregated there before venturing farther on to other lakes. He had seen as many as 13 in a group before, but never so many as on Tuesday.
Loons also congregate, or stage, in the fall before migrating south to the Carolinas and Florida. A friend and I once counted about 75 of them on Basswood Lake north of Ely on a September canoe trip.