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Bait Barge Red-footed Booby continuing 10/26/2020

The red footed booby continues at the bait barge on Monday afternoon, October 26, 2020, and is visible from Fort Rosecrans national Cemetery on the north end. Currently sitting on one of the lighting wires above the far east bait barge. 

Dan Jehl  
San Diego   


> On Oct 25, 2020, at 10:29 AM, Eitan Altman <eitanaltman@…> wrote:
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> UPDATE: for those, like me, who are idiots and didn’t realize this, the views of the bait barges are MUCH better from the cemetery. There is a small viewpoint with a bench where there is a gap in the memorial wall running along the NE edge of the cemetery (32.6920232, -117.2443486), from which there are unobstructed views down towards the bait barge (about 1/2 the distance as from Shelter Island). Additionally you are perpendicular to the barges, making it way easier to pick out individual birds!
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> From this much easier vantage it was a piece of cake to spot and confirm that it is indeed the young RED-FOOTED BOOBY. A county bird! Somehow I had missed out on this within the county so far despite its increasing occurrences.
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> Eitan Altman
> San Carlos
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>> On Oct 25, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Eitan Altman via groups.io <eitanaltman=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
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>> Sunday morning, Oct 25, I was able to spot an all-brownish Booby hanging around the bait barges, scoping S from the SW end of Shelter Island. Presumably the continuing Red-footed (which was photographed on the barge yesterday evening ~5pm by Scott Terry, per eBird).
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>> At that distance (~1 mile) it was a challenge to see clear details and I only got a few brief looks in flight, so in theory I can’t rule out a juvenile Brown Booby. Every time it landed it disappeared into the dense crowd of birds on the barge.
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>> So if anyone is floating by on a boat today, keep an eye out!
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>> Eitan Altman
>> San Carlos
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