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   Masked Booby
Masked Booby
Sula dactylatra


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  1. OC Big Year 2013 -Final Tally LINK
    DATE: Jan 7, 2014 @ 9:05pm, 3 month(s) ago
    This post is a bit long but it summarizes my OC big year for 2013.  I am back home in the northeast (2014 has started out much colder for me), and so this report is somewhat delayed. 
    
    The preliminary count for my OC big year is 322 NIB 328 ABA, which ties Pike's old record of 322NIB and also includes the recently added Nutmeg Mannikin.  I had a nice rush of birds in late December that was made up of an American Redstart, Varied Thrush, Brown Booby, Lapland Longspur, and a Tundra Swan.
    
    December 31st was spent looking for some recent rarities reported on the inland CBC (Mtn Blubird, Orchard Oriole) but my best bird of the day was the continuing ZONE-TAILED HAWK along the Puma Ridge trail at Irvine Regional Park (this seems to be the best spot to see this bird in the county from ~10am-3pm).  An afternoon pelagic trip out of Long Beach ended up going in the wrong direction (towards Palos Verdes) but produced some nice views of 7 Grey Whales and 2 Fin Whales (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77523243@N00/11700564044/) and a memorable last sunset of the year (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77523243@N00/11700434583/in/photostream/).
    
    Special thanks to the OC birding community as a whole for their support and advice throughout the year.  There are so many people to thank, but Tom Benson was particularly helpful and I wouldn't have found nearly as many species had he not also decided to do a big year (from San Bernardino nonetheless!).  This year list wouldn't have been possible without the help of many other birders as well and there are too many to name individually but everything helped; all the way from Phyllis Anderson showing me a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in her backyard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77523243@N00/8956399680/in/photostream/), to spotting both whales and birds on near weekly Dana Point Ocean Institute Pelagic Trips.  It's been a great year!
    
    Here is my final checklist (which also includes 10 non-countable birds; Egyptian Goose, Mute Swan, Mandarin Goose, Indian Peafowl, Harris?s Hawk, Mitred Parakeet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Pin-tailed Whydah, & Orange Bishop) which can be downloaded from dropbox;
    
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16554933/ebird_US-OCBigYear2013_TAF_list_Final.xls
    
    I saw ~95% of the birds seen in OC this year and reported them all in ebird, so I thought I'd instead list some of the notable misses this year (**seen by Benson);
    Manx Shearwater**
    Evening Grosbeak
    Sage Thrasher**
    Black Scoter**
    Red-eyed Vireo
    
    Cassin?s Finch**Masked Booby
    PyrrhuloxiaPrairie Falcon
    Baird?s SandpiperMagnolia Warbler
    Painted RedstartScissor-tailed Flycatcher
    Flesh-footed Shearwater
    Mountain Bluebird
    
    Someone who had more time of their hands (i.e. retired) could probably find more birds in a year, but I probably won't be doing another big year any time soon!  It's interesting how much the county has changed since Pike's last attempt but how loss of habitat has been made up for by advances in technology (internet-enabled phones, ebird, birding apps, instantaneous alerts, etc.) and greater coverage from more birders.  An excellent year in pelagic birding (Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby) and an influx of montane species (Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, etc.) were critical in getting such a high year list.
    
    Best of luck to the next Big Year seeker!
    Tom Ford-Hutchinson
    Irvine, CA
    
    
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  3. Oct 29 Harbor Breeze report LINK
    DATE: Oct 30, 2013 @ 6:18pm, 6 month(s) ago
    A number of birders went out on the 3 PM Harbor Breeze whale watch this afternoon (Oct 29) out of Long Beach. The adult Masked Booby was present on the buoy on both the outbound and inbound trips. From the buoy we headed almost directly out toward Catalina and eventually entered Orange County waters near the offshore oil platforms. There we encountered a feeding flock of birds that included the expected gulls, shearwaters, a few Northern Fulmars, Cassin's Auklets, and Pomarine Jaegers. We did not see the Flesh-footed Shearwater, and in fact we did not go anywhere close to where this bird was seen last weekend.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    Sent from my Galaxy S®III
    
    
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  5. Masked and Brown Boobies off Huntington Beach 9/2/2013 LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2013 @ 10:28am, 8 month(s) ago
    OC Birders,
    
    My apologies for the late report, but it took me a while to analyze the locations of some birds on our whale watching trip out of San Pedro (Los Angeles County) yesterday Monday Sept-2-2013.
    
    Our preliminary review of the location suggests that both the adult Masked Booby (found by Darren Dowell) and immature Brown Booby (John Garrett) were seen in Orange County waters. The Masked Booby also crossed into LA County waters.
    
    The flickr link below provides an overview of where the birds were seen if anyone is interested in chasing them. Both birds were SW of the oil rigs off Huntington Beach near the edge of the San Pedro Escarpment: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27774764@N06/9665614730/
    
    The trip was the noon whale watching cruise run by Harbor Breeze. Unfortunately they follow different routes every day depending on weather conditions and where they think they will see the most whales. Don't expect them to stop, slow down or to change their route to help you see birds.
    
    Here is the eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15082071 Better photos were obtained by others. The photos seem good enough to rule out Nasca Booby.
    
    Dave Bell
    Pasadena, CA
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  7. Potential Booby resighting/picture... LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2011 @ 6:42am, 2 year(s) ago
    I'm being cautious here.... as I don't know if the picture I linked to is the
    one being referred to for the potential Booby sighting on the 30th..... in
    addition, it's possible the wrong photo was placed on the OrangeCountyBirding
    photo album.
    
    I've received one off list id of a Great Blue Heron for the photo.... my own
    impression was possibly a Black-crowned Night Heron.
    
    I've asked if there are other photos available......
    
    We certainly don't want to raise false hopes on the internet about seeing the
    Masked Booby again in Dana Point if this "sighting" isn't substantial.
    
    So other opinions would be welcomed.
    
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
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  9. Booby Picture from 12/30? LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2011 @ 6:05am, 2 year(s) ago
    Sara Bethurum posted (for the first time using the procedure) a photo she got
    from her friend on the Masked Booby sighting from the 30th.
    
    I think this is her picture:
    http://tinyurl.com/74tb4t4
    
    Posted on OrangeCountyBirding....
    
    Opinions?
    
    If the Masked Booby is back, then a message to Calbirds is in order.
    
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point
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  11. Masked Booby at Dana Point LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 2011 @ 3:12am, 2 year(s) ago
    A friend took this photo this morning (12/30) while kayaking Dana Point Harbor.
    ?Apparently the masked booby is still hanging out on the breakwater.?
    ?
    Sara Bethurum
    San Juan Capistrano
    
    
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  13. No Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 25, 2011 @ 7:33am, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi All,?I waited all afternoon,?Sat. Dec. 24,??for the Masked Booby to show to
    no avail. Perhaps it moved to a different area along the jetty? ?Lynn
    MillerRiverside, CA
    
    
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  15. No masked booby this morning LINK
    DATE: Dec 24, 2011 @ 7:19pm, 2 year(s) ago
    I was present at Dana Point this morning (Dec 24) from 750-1040, but the Masked
    Booby was not. Bah humbug!
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  17. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 24, 2011 @ 6:03am, 2 year(s) ago
    I went to Dana Point today (early afternoon) with Tommye Hite to check up on the
    reported masked Booby. We saw him it sitting on the breakwater wall as reported
    before. There were quite a number of birders observing the bird. On the way down
    to Dana Point we stopped at Bolsa Chica and saw a Eurasian Wigeon. Photos at
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/evimeyer/6562781715/in/photostream
    
    Evi Meyer
    Palos Verdes Estates
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  19. Masked Booby and others LINK
    DATE: Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:59pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Happy Friday Birders
    
    I arrived at Dana Point Harbor around 9:45 this morning.
    At first I had no luck finding the bird. I stuck around a short while and the
    bird showed up soon after.
    I found another birder named Pam, and we observed it together for a short time.
    I left at 11:00 with it still present. The bird was far down toward the very
    south end of the breakwater, about 20 feet right of the highest point on the
    rocks.
    Even the Harbor Patrol stopped to ask if we were watching the Masked Booby. I
    guess everyone knows about the bird!!
    
    I also visited SJWS, which was very slow for the most part. I did get lucky
    though, and finally got a Clark's Grebe for my life list. I also got to observe
    a Turkey Vulture dining on a Coot. NOMS!!!!
    
    Good Birding
    
    Trish Gussler
    Anaheim
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  21. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:53pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Masked Booby was sitting pretty at about 10:15 this morning in the same place
    everybody else has found it.
    
    Also got to Santiago Oaks when I had more time and patience was the key. I
    waited an hour, eating lunch and checking my emails, and the Yellow-belled
    Sapsucker finally showed up in the pepper tree above the steps. With the Little
    Gull at Prado that's three lifers today.
    
    Pam Quittmeyer
    Redlands, CA
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  23. Masked Booby Red-throated Loon, ??Spotted Redshank?? LINK
    DATE: Dec 23, 2011 @ 1:08am, 2 year(s) ago
    Sooner or later I'm going to figure this out.?
    
    Thank you all for info on the Masked Booby at Dana Point.? Arrived at 7:30
    [12-21] and had to wait but not long as it appeared a little after 8:30AM.? Met
    another that checks with OC Birding [Harry] and we had a good chat waiting for
    our sighting of this booby.? It was just what I was looking for.? Someone to
    tell me when a unusual bird was in the area.? Another great feature was meeting
    another birder with the same excitement.? I really enjoy checking out these
    different sightings and once again thank you for accepting me as part of this
    group.? While I was in Dana Point I saw a Red-throated Loon and got some great
    shots of it.? On the way home I stopped at Back Bay and got some great shots at
    what appears to be a Spotted Redshank.? I'm not positive of this as 4 of the
    pic's show red legs but a couple show orange.? The bill looks like a Redshank
    but what is throwing me is the white streak behind the eye doesn't appear.?
    Anyway for your info.? This was at near low tide on the first mud flats.
    
    Mike Straub
    Orange, Ca.
    
    
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  25. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 22, 2011 @ 4:54pm, 2 year(s) ago
    The Masked Booby is still present at Dana Point. I spotted him (with the help
    of several other birders present) about 50 feet from the end of the break wall,
    just below several stairs that lead up to the light pole at the end of the break
    wall, at 8:00am this morning (Dec 22, Thurs).
    Kevin Doherty
    Lake Forest, CA
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  27. Masked Booby Tuesday 2:15 pm is back LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:18pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Masked Booby back on the far breakwater at harbor entrance.
    
    Gary Nunn,
    Pacific Beach
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Dec 20, 2011, at 8:22 AM, "ms.townsley"
    wrote:
    
    > If you had been at Dana Point Harbor this morning at 7:30 am you
    > would have witnessed my dance of joy as I scoped the Masked Booby! I
    > was looking at the east end of the breakwater from the loop parking
    > lot. If you can see the Fish & Game vessel Thresher, you are in the
    > right place.
    >
    > Michelle Townsley
    > Ecstatic Orange County born, Ventura County resident
    >
    >
    
    
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  29. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2011 @ 5:48pm, 2 year(s) ago
    As a photographer, I LOVE your creativity David. The picts and Video were
    great fun to watch.
    
    Email FinalB_9-2011
    
    
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  31. Masked Booby Tuesday AM LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2011 @ 4:22pm, 2 year(s) ago
    If you had been at Dana Point Harbor this morning at 7:30 am you would have
    witnessed my dance of joy as I scoped the Masked Booby! I was looking at the
    east end of the breakwater from the loop parking lot. If you can see the Fish &
    Game vessel Thresher, you are in the right place.
    
    Michelle Townsley
    Ecstatic Orange County born, Ventura County resident
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  33. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2011 @ 6:07am, 2 year(s) ago
    Dinuk Magammana and I went to Dana Point
    yesterday (18 Dec) to chase the Masked Booby.
    
    We arrived at 11:03am. At the time the Booby
    hadn't been seen since the earlier morning, and
    there were a bunch of birders with spotting
    scopes waiting for the bird to show up again.
    Within 5 minutes of our arrival, the Booby was
    re-spotted on the jetty! Very exciting ? this was
    not only a life bird for me but a life family
    (Sulidae). The booby was amongst Brown Pelicans,
    California, Western and Heermann's Gulls,
    Double-crested Cormorants, and Rock Pigeons, on
    the jetty/breakwater. It was preening, and later settled down.
    
    Since, in the best case scenario, the Booby on
    the jetty would've been 470 feet from the best
    viewing spot on the island, I brought my large
    952.5mm f/7.5 refractor telescope. Unfortunately
    after arriving I realized that I'd forgotten to
    bring a key piece of metal, the T-adapter/EOS
    mount to hook my DSLR up to the scope! I was
    really upset, until twenty minutes later it
    occurred to me that I could jerry-rig something
    that might just work. Sure enough, balancing the
    camera+teleconverter (on a tripod with 1 removed
    leg) against the focuser of the telescope (on
    another tripod) was sufficiently stable.
    
    Photos:
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n14_IMG_9166_Masked_Booby.jpg
    http://kingbird.myphotos.cc/n14_IMG_9372_Masked_Booby.jpg
    
    Around 11:55am, we noticed that a couple of
    people (non-birders) were walking along the
    jetty, heading towards the end, and they were
    obviously going to have to walk right past the
    booby. In a demonstration of how unafraid boobies
    are of humans, this bird was the last to fly away
    after all the other birds hightailed it. The
    people were practically right on top of the booby
    before it flew away, and they didn't appear to
    have a clue that what was happening was at all special.
    Here is that sequence caught on video:
    http://vimeo.com/33898219
    
    My camera was at 33.45701?N,117.69413?W. The
    Masked Booby was perched on the jetty at
    33.45503?N,117.69324?W (triangulated using a wide-angle photo of the jetty).
    
    Birders arriving later, including Tom Miko, were
    lucky enough to refind the booby around 12:30pm
    (or maybe a bit earlier), perhaps a bit further
    west on the jetty, but not by much.
    
    David Ellsworth
    San Pedro, CA
    
    At 2011-12-17 11:55, Brian Daniels wrote:
    >Birders,
    >
    >Just got a call from Robert McNab about a
    >sub-adult Masked Booby sitting on the breakwater
    >about 200 meters from the end. Best way to view
    >this bird is to take Dana Point Harbor Drive
    >west to the Island Way bridge that leads to the
    >harbor entrance. Go to end and park and scan the
    >breakwater across the harbor entrance.
    >
    >Good birding,
    >
    >Brian Daniels,
    >Pasadena (at the moment), Los Angeles County
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  35. Masked booby and burrowing owl LINK
    DATE: Dec 20, 2011 @ 1:49am, 2 year(s) ago
    I, too, was able to find the masked booby at Dana Point today - thanks
    especially to the lady from San Diego with the scope!
    
    I also went to Bolsa Chica Street park, following the great directions
    that Charles Baker provided, and was lucky enough to have the owl pop out after
    about 4-5 minutes of waiting. Thanks to everyone for the help in allowing
    me to add these birds to my list!
    
    While I as at Dana Point, I took a couple of photos that I initially
    thought was a grebe. When I got home and saw the photos on a larger screen, I
    saw that it wasn't a grebe. I thought it might be a red-throated loon, but
    the eyerings don't match most of the photos/drawings in my books. Maybe a
    common loon, but the back speckling doesn't seem to match that bird. I
    will put two photos in the mystery album and will hope for some help.
    
    Thanks!
    
    Edana Salisbury
    Buena Park
    
    
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  37. Masked Booby present midday LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2011 @ 9:13pm, 2 year(s) ago
    The Masked Booby was present near the end of the breakwater from 11:30 am until
    1 pm. The bird has hardly moved since I've been here.
    
    Brad Dawson
    Long Beach, CA
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  39. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:16pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Good views of the Masked Booby on the far eastern end of the breakwater from
    0930 until 0945 this morning, December 19th. Last seen flying southwest.
    
    Merry Christmas!
    
    Bob Schallmann
    Seal Beach
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  41. Masked Booby in Dana Point continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:01am, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    The Masked Booby in Dana Point continues at the east end of the
    breakwater. I left it at 14:17 this afternoon (12/18).
    
    Good birding,
    
    Steve Sosensky,
    SoCA Bird Guides www.sosensky.com/guides
    Nature Photos www.sosensky.com/nature_photos.htm
    Optics4Birding www.optics4birding.com
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 949-269-2161 33.56485 N, 117.72205 W
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  43. Masked Booby Continues LINK
    DATE: Dec 18, 2011 @ 3:42pm, 2 year(s) ago
    The bird was at the east end of the breakwater about 7:30 this morning.
    Brad Singer
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  45. Re: Fw: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Dana Point Harbor (Photos) LINK
    DATE: Dec 18, 2011 @ 1:19am, 2 year(s) ago
    The MASKED BOOBY was still present when I left around 4pm this
    afternoon. Here are few photos of the bird:
    
    http://kiwifoto.com/f/masked_booby_dana_point
    
    Hopefully we turn up something equally impressive on the Malibu CBC
    tomorrow!
    
    --
    Christopher Taylor
    Marina del Rey, CA
    http://kiwifoto.com
    
    ----- Forwarded message from Brian Daniels -----
    
    Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2011 19:55:20 -0000
    From: Brian Daniels
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Dana Point Harbor
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    User-Agent: eGroups-EW/0.82
    X-Mailer: Yahoo Groups Message Poster
    Message-ID:
    
    Birders,
    
    Just got a call from Robert McNab about a sub-adult Masked Booby sitting on the
    breakwater about 200 meters from the end. Best way to view this bird is to take
    Dana Point Harbor Drive west to the Island Way bridge that leads to the harbor
    entrance. Go to end and park and scan the breakwater across the harbor
    entrance.
    
    Good birding,
    
    Brian Daniels,
    Pasadena (at the moment), Los Angeles County
    
    ------------------------------------
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  47. Re: Masked Booby at Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 18, 2011 @ 1:05am, 2 year(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I posted a photo of the Masked Booby on my Flickr page :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/47862125@N03/6528453133/in/photostream
    and also in the Pelecaniformes folder on this site. Will post more as soon as I
    sort out photos on both cameras. It was present on the jetty at 2:00p viewable
    from the OCEAN side of the jetty (from a boat), but I did not see it at 4:00P
    when the boat came back into the harbor. Hoepfully it will return tomorrow.
    
    Thanks to Brian Daniels for getting the word out on this bird.
    
    Robert McNab
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    
    --- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, "Brian Daniels"
    wrote:
    >
    > Birders,
    >
    > Just got a call from Robert McNab about a sub-adult Masked Booby sitting on
    the breakwater about 200 meters from the end. Best way to view this bird is to
    take Dana Point Harbor Drive west to the Island Way bridge that leads to the
    harbor entrance. Go to end and park and scan the breakwater across the harbor
    entrance.
    >
    > Good birding,
    >
    > Brian Daniels,
    > Pasadena (at the moment), Los Angeles County
    >
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  49. Masked Booby - Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 17, 2011 @ 11:23pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Found the Masked Booby, possibly in a different position than Robert
    described in an earlier post. I had it about 150 yards from the end of the
    shorter north-south jetty. Cross to the island on Island Way, left at the
    T, and continue to end, parking at the OC Sheriff's substation. It flew
    in and landed on top of the jetty about 1:15 p.m. and stayed for several
    minutes as I unloaded and launched my canoe. Never got a closer look from
    the water. Yellow beak is quite colorful compared to the gulls and
    cormorants. Did not see it again as I was leaving.
    
    Jeff Cowell
    Aliso Viejo
    jeffrey.g.cowell@...
    
    
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