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Bait Barge Booby (10/25/2020)

Sunday morning, Oct 25, I was able to spot an all-brownish Booby hanging around the bait barges, scoping S from the SW end of Shelter Island. Presumably the continuing Red-footed (which was photographed on the barge yesterday evening ~5pm by Scott Terry, per eBird).

At that distance (~1 mile) it was a challenge to see clear details and I only got a few brief looks in flight, so in theory I can’t rule out a juvenile Brown Booby. Every time it landed it disappeared into the dense crowd of birds on the barge.

So if anyone is floating by on a boat today, keep an eye out!

Eitan Altman
San Carlos
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