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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. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] June 10 pelagic trip report: Masked/Nazca Booby LINK
    DATE: Jun 13, 2017 @ 7:37pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Just a quick follow-up to my previous pelagic trip report from June 10. While out at the oil platforms, we saw a booby that we initially identified as a subadult Masked Booby. After reviewing the photos, this booby appears to be a juvenile or first cycle bird that is just under one year old (based on molt and plumage). Given the difficulty of distinguishing Masked and Nazca Boobies at this age, it is probably best to consider this individual a Masked/Nazca Booby (i.e., unidentified to species). A few photos may be seen in the eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37519626 .
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  3. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] June 10 pelagic trip report: Eurasian Collared-Dove!!! LINK
    DATE: Jun 11, 2017 @ 9:17am, 5 month(s) ago
    I have posted a few mediocre but identifiable photos of the Ashy Storm-Petrel from yesterday's pelagic trip, and more importantly a photo of the Eurasian Collared-Dove.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    
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  5. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] June 10 pelagic trip report: Eurasian Collared-Dove!!! LINK
    DATE: Jun 10, 2017 @ 9:54pm, 5 month(s) ago
    My contribution for the Juvi Masked Booby.
    
    https://flic.kr/p/VEMwJi
    
    I had a few shots of one of the Ashy Storm-Petrel, but they're not even worthy of posting. Hopefully others might have a few to share.
    
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
    
    On Jun 10, 2017 at 8:27 PM, < Thomasabenson@... [OrangeCountyBirding] > wrote:
    
     San Bernardino Valley Audubon sponsored a pelagic trip today (June 10) out of Dana Point aboard the Ocean Institute's R/V Sea Explorer. We basically made a large loop, traveling from Dana Point to Lausen Sea Mount to the oil platforms off Huntington Beach and back to Dana Point. Our first rarity of the day was a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE that landed on the boat just as we were approaching Lausen Sea Mount, and stayed with us until we were about half way to the oil platforms. Sadly, that was the highlight of our day and we probably should have returned back to port from there. There were a few storm-petrels around the sea mount, so we decided to lay down a chum/fish oil slick and were able to attract over 60 Black Storm-Petrels and two or three ASHY STORM-PETRELS. We then continued on to the oil platforms where a subadult MASKED BOOBY came flying in over the boat and then landed on top of Platform Ellen, and we saw four adult female Brown Boobies on Platform Edith where they have become somewhat regular. We also encountered good numbers of Sooty Shearwaters along with a few Pink-footed Shearwaters throughout the day, and close to a thousand Black-vented Shearwaters just a few miles off the coast of Laguna and Dana Point. A total of five Cassin's Auklets were seen by a few on board. A few people have posted photos on Flickr already, hopefully they will share the links to those photos here.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    PS Several of us stopped at Talbert Regional Park and re-found the White-eyed Vireo following the boat trip. I have a few photos of that bird on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
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  7. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] June 10 pelagic trip report: Eurasian Collared-Dove!!! LINK
    DATE: Jun 10, 2017 @ 9:31pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Here's a few shots of the Masked Booby, and one of a Brown Booby from today's pelagic.
    Photos
    
    Trish Gussler, Anaheim
    
    On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 8:27 PM, Thomasabenson@... [OrangeCountyBirding] < OrangeCountyBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     San Bernardino Valley Audubon sponsored a pelagic trip today (June 10) out of Dana Point aboard the Ocean Institute's R/V Sea Explorer. We basically made a large loop, traveling from Dana Point to Lausen Sea Mount to the oil platforms off Huntington Beach and back to Dana Point. Our first rarity of the day was a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE that landed on the boat just as we were approaching Lausen Sea Mount, and stayed with us until we were about half way to the oil platforms. Sadly, that was the highlight of our day and we probably should have returned back to port from there. There were a few storm-petrels around the sea mount, so we decided to lay down a chum/fish oil slick and were able to attract over 60 Black Storm-Petrels and two or three ASHY STORM-PETRELS. We then continued on to the oil platforms where a subadult MASKED BOOBY came flying in over the boat and then landed on top of Platform Ellen, and we saw four adult female Brown Boobies on Platform Edith where they have become somewhat regular. We also encountered good numbers of Sooty Shearwaters along with a few Pink-footed Shearwaters throughout the day, and close to a thousand Black-vented Shearwaters just a few miles off the coast of Laguna and Dana Point. A total of five Cassin's Auklets were seen by a few on board. A few people have posted photos on Flickr already, hopefully they will share the links to those photos here.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    PS Several of us stopped at Talbert Regional Park and re-found the White-eyed Vireo following the boat trip. I have a few photos of that bird on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/ photos/40928097@N07/
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  9. June 10 pelagic trip report: Eurasian Collared-Dove!!! LINK
    DATE: Jun 10, 2017 @ 8:27pm, 5 month(s) ago
    San Bernardino Valley Audubon sponsored a pelagic trip today (June 10) out of Dana Point aboard the Ocean Institute's R/V Sea Explorer. We basically made a large loop, traveling from Dana Point to Lausen Sea Mount to the oil platforms off Huntington Beach and back to Dana Point. Our first rarity of the day was a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE that landed on the boat just as we were approaching Lausen Sea Mount, and stayed with us until we were about half way to the oil platforms. Sadly, that was the highlight of our day and we probably should have returned back to port from there. There were a few storm-petrels around the sea mount, so we decided to lay down a chum/fish oil slick and were able to attract over 60 Black Storm-Petrels and two or three ASHY STORM-PETRELS. We then continued on to the oil platforms where a subadult MASKED BOOBY came flying in over the boat and then landed on top of Platform Ellen, and we saw four adult female Brown Boobies on Platform Edith where they have become somewhat regular. We also encountered good numbers of Sooty Shearwaters along with a few Pink-footed Shearwaters throughout the day, and close to a thousand Black-vented Shearwaters just a few miles off the coast of Laguna and Dana Point. A total of five Cassin's Auklets were seen by a few on board. A few people have posted photos on Flickr already, hopefully they will share the links to those photos here.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    
    PS Several of us stopped at Talbert Regional Park and re-found the White-eyed Vireo following the boat trip. I have a few photos of that bird on my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/40928097@N07/
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  11. Masked Booby Article in Dana Point News LINK
    DATE: Feb 20, 2015 @ 9:08am, 3 year(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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  13. Masked Booby Retrieved LINK
    DATE: Jan 30, 2015 @ 10:11am, 3 year(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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  15. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] dead stuff and specimen-collecting LINK
    DATE: Jan 30, 2015 @ 7:32pm, 3 year(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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  17. dead stuff and specimen-collecting LINK
    DATE: Jan 30, 2015 @ 7:13pm, 3 year(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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  19. FW: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 2:36pm, 3 year(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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  21. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 1:24pm, 3 year(s) ago
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    “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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  23. Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:43pm, 3 year(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
    
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  25. Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:40pm, 3 year(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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  27. Masked Booby at Doheny State Beach LINK
    DATE: Jan 28, 2015 @ 12:38pm, 3 year(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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  29. OC Big Year 2013 -Final Tally LINK
    DATE: Jan 7, 2014 @ 9:05pm, 4 year(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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