Some suggestions on finding the Mission Bay jetty red-footed booby
I went out yesterday afternoon with some friends to find the RFBO that has been at the end of the south jetty in Mission Bay.
Our experience was that sometimes it sat in the water in the channel, sometimes it flew out to sea a little [especially as fishing boats came back into the channel], sometimes it sat on the north side of the jetty in the shade, and mostly it sat on or near the concrete slab at the end of the jetty. When it was on the slab, it moved around, and frequently was out of sight.
I was able to see the bird distantly in the channel and on the north side of the jetty from Hospitality Point, and it probably would have been visible from the north side of the channel, but at a great distance.
Getting around from one vantage point to another in that area requires a lot of driving.
My suggestion is that you just go to the end of Dog Beach, walk as far out on the sand to the NW as you can, and patiently wait for it to come back to the slab area.
I think when it follows boats in towards Quivira Basin, it soon returns to the tip of the jetty.
Needless to say, a scope is necessary.
Heat haze was terrible yesterday from 2:00-4:30. And it was pretty darn hot out in the sun.
Do note that Dog Beach is filthy, replete with human and canine ordure. I saw dozens of dogs—and even one human—defecating on the sand whose owners did not clean up after them, and anywhere in the public, paved, areas the stench of urine is overwhelming.
Wear a HAZMAT suit if possible.
It might be possible to get a better, although brief, look from the Privateer [San Diego Whale Watch]. You might ask the captain and naturalist to actively look for it, maybe slow down as you reach the end of the jetty.
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Stan Walens, San Diego
August 11, 2018; 11:15 a.m.
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