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Be on the lookout for loons!

Published On: Feb 12 2013 05:35:12 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 12 2013 06:33:24 PM EST

Some federally protected birds have been blown off course... and landed in Berks County.

Officials say a flock of migrating birds has gotten blown off course and now they need your help!

The red-throated loons were migrating to the Maryland/Virginia shore, but along the way, some became stranded in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties, said officials with the Pocono Wildlife Center.

The birds' legs are designed for water only, and they can't stand or walk on land, officials said.


Eight of the birds were rescued off Route 183 at the Blue Marsh Reservoir near Bernville, Berks Co.

They often fly at night and according to wildlife experts, in the dark, wet asphalt looks like water to the birds.

If you see any of the loons, call the Pocono Wildlife Center at 610-435-4729 to pick them up, or contact your local police department.