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   Masked Booby
Masked Booby
Sula dactylatra


   Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) - MABO (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Masked Booby Article in Dana Point News LINK
    DATE: Feb 20, 2015 @ 9:08am, 14 day(s) ago
    Group,This week's Dana Point News (http://www.danapointtimes.com/current-issue/) has a story about the Masked Booby which was found at the Dana Point Jetty. The day after it's discovery, it was found dead on the jetty, and retrieved a few days later for the Los Angeles Natural History collection.I and others were interviewed by the news person. There is one error I can see in the article. I indicated I was involved in the Dana Point section of the San Juan Capistrano Christmas Bird Count and that morphed to being responsible for the logistics of the whole count area.In any case, take a look. The photo taken of the live bird is on the cover of the News.Joel WeintraubDana Point, CA
    
    
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  3. Masked Booby Retrieved LINK
    DATE: Jan 30, 2015 @ 10:11am, 35 day(s) ago
    Before 10 am this morning Bob Hodgin on his surfboard paddled out to the jetty and retrieved the dead Masked Booby. The specimen looks in good shape. It will go to the LA County Museum.Join me in thanking Bob.....and here's pictures...https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12108455/IMG_1209.JPGhttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12108455/IMG_1211.JPGJoel WeintraubDana Point, CA
    
    
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  5. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] dead stuff and specimen-collecting LINK
    DATE: Jan 30, 2015 @ 7:32pm, 35 day(s) ago
    I have put on my Dropbox a picture of the end of the outer Jetty at Dana
    Point Harbor and the Booby.
    
    The right side of the jetty picture where the bird is.... I've cropped and
    expanded, and put a circle around the rock that the dead Booby was at
    yesterday.
    
    Yesterday while at the harbor I emailed the staff at Doheny, who had an
    interest in the bird, that it was there if they wanted the specimen.
    
    In an case:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12108455/vs220_ug.pdf
    shows the jetty area and location of the rock. Note the rock to the right
    is a sort of long rectangle/trapezoid with the top wider than the bottom,
    lighter in color and stands out, and the specimen was about 20 ft to the
    left.
    
    and
    
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12108455/Booby%20DP.JPG
    shows the dead bird. During the hour I spent there it did not move, and the
    position of the bird and wing indicated that it was lifeless. The picture
    was taken from the island across the boat channel using a Swarovski scope
    with an iPhone handheld... taken through the scope.
    
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
    
    
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  7. dead stuff and specimen-collecting LINK
    DATE: Jan 30, 2015 @ 7:13pm, 35 day(s) ago
    There are at least two dead birds in the county that Kimball Garrett at the LA Natural History Museum would love to have in his collection. One is the second-cycle Masked Booby reportedly draped across the rocks at the end of the jetty bordering Dana Point harbor. The other is the first-cycle Common/Yellow-billed Loon that is in the pickleweed closely adjacent to the midpoint of the boardwalk at Bolsa Chica. The yellowy tone and gentle gonydeal angle of the bill on this bird could fit a Yellow-billed, but bill measurements would be required to make an identification. Should an intrepid birder/citizen scientist be willing to collect either of these specimens, it has been suggested that the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach on PCH near the terminus of Newland Street would likely be willing to store them in their freezer until they could be picked up by Kimball. I made inquiries via email to confirm this with them earlier today, but have yet to receive a response. I won't be near Doheny any time soon, but I might be willing to gather the loon. However, I wouldn't want to rain on anyone's parade should they be determined to get first crack at the bird. (A pole with a gripping device would be very useful).
    
    Jim Pike
    HB
    
    
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  9. FW: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 2:36pm, 37 day(s) ago
    I just got off the phone with Joel, who called from Doheny and wanted me to relay this to the group. He said he was in Doheny Harbor, and was viewing the outer jetty from the ?island? (near the east end of Dana Dr.), and found what looks like a dead booby on rocks near the top of the jetty. The bird appears to show the same features of the bird that was photographed (alive) yesterday (apparently a subadult Masked Booby). The bird is approximately 300? from the end of the outer jetty, and from the way its laying atop one of the rocks on the harbor side of the jetty, it appears to be deceased. Joel is there now (at about 2:20).
    
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
    
    From: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com [mailto:OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of orcorba@... [OrangeCountyBirding]
    Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:25 PM
    To: orcorba@...; OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach
    ok.... more information:
    
    ?It was sighted about 2:30 yesterday afternoon on the jetty at the north end of Doheny. Thanks for your help on this. The person who took the photo said it seemed to be tired and looked to be sleeping. ?
    
    From: mailto:OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:38 PM
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com<mailto:OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com>
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach
    
    Group,
    
    I received from one of the rangers a picture of a Masked Booby... sitting on rocks.... at "Doheny State Beach" "recently".
    
    I have asked for more information. I'll let the group know about that if I get a response.
    
    I emailed and showed Doug Willick the bird.... the picture is full frame.
    
    Joel Weintraub
    
    Dana Point, CA
    
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  11. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 1:24pm, 37 day(s) ago
    ok.... more information:
    
    ?It was sighted about 2:30 yesterday afternoon on the jetty at the
    north end of Doheny. Thanks for your help on this. The person who
    took the photo said it seemed to be tired and looked to be sleeping.
    ?
    
    From: mailto:OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:38 PM
    To: OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State
    Beach
    
    Group,I
    received from one of the rangers a picture of a Masked Booby... sitting on
    rocks.... at "Doheny State Beach" "recently".I have asked for more
    information. I'll let the group know about that if I get a
    response.I emailed and showed Doug Willick the bird.... the picture is
    full frame.
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
    
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  13. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:43pm, 37 day(s) ago
    We extensively scanned the whole jetty on Monday, while making wisecracks about looking for Masked Boobies (in reference to the previous bird), and never saw one.
    Tom Miko
    Claremont ("City of Trees"!)
    LA County
    
    On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:38 PM, orcorba@... [OrangeCountyBirding] <OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     Group,I received from one of the rangers a picture of a Masked Booby... sitting on rocks.... at "Doheny State Beach"  "recently".I have asked for more information.  I'll let the group know about that if I get a response.I emailed and showed Doug Willick the bird.... the picture is full frame.
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
    
    --
    Thomas Geza Miko
    http://www.tgmiko.com/
    Claremont, Los Angeles County, California
    909.241.3300
    
    
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  15. Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:40pm, 37 day(s) ago
    I received a picture of a subadult Masked Booby shown on rocks "recently" at "Doheny State Beach". I'm trying to get more information from the Ranger that sent the picture.I didn't see my previous attempt to tell the group.... so repeating it. If/when I get more information, I'll follow up with the group.Joel WeintraubDana Point, CA
    
    
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  17. Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:38pm, 37 day(s) ago
    Group,I received from one of the rangers a picture of a Masked Booby... sitting on rocks.... at "Doheny State Beach" "recently".I have asked for more information. I'll let the group know about that if I get a response.I emailed and showed Doug Willick the bird.... the picture is full frame.
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
    
    
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  19. OC Big Year 2013 -Final Tally LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  21. Oct 29 Harbor Breeze report LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  23. Masked and Brown Boobies off Huntington Beach 9/2/2013 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  25. Potential Booby resighting/picture... LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  27. Booby Picture from 12/30? LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  29. Masked Booby at Dana Point LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  31. No Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  33. No masked booby this morning LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  35. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  37. Masked Booby and others LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  39. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  41. Masked Booby Red-throated Loon, ??Spotted Redshank?? LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  43. Masked Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  45. Masked Booby Tuesday 2:15 pm is back LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  47. RE: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Dana Point Harbor LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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  49. Masked Booby Tuesday AM LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    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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