Re: Bait Barge Booby (10/25/2020)
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!
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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