Was doing a perimeter check in the Portage Marsh on July 30th - when I spied a jaeger standing offshore on a sandbar. I dutifully turned and walked back to my yard "proper" (about a 20 minute round trip) before hoofing it out to Portage Point to try to ID (I'd rather have a jaeger sp. for the yard than a species specific jaeger -- even given the decent probability of a state bird in LTJA).
By the time I got to the point the jaeger was gone and while scanning I heard something calling behind me which when I turned around was about 10 feet over my head; a subadult Long-tailed Jaeger. The bird made multiple dive bombs of Lilly (jaeger bait) and I calling consistently. I felt Native Alaskan with my dog Stickeen (a John Muir reference). It was surreal given the behavior, time of year, and the fact I was on the north shore of Lake Michigan and not the north slope of Alaska. The bird greeted us the next morning and provided a morning and afternoon of pure bliss as it tooled around Portage Point and Bay and harassed everything under the sun. At some point, while watching with Chris Vogel, he spotted another jaeger offshore -- similar in all respects to a LTJA but a touch too far to confirm ID. I was hoping for a breeding pair.