11516MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY-San Mateo County
- Aug 25, 2014
Forwarding a message regarding a Masked/Nazca Booby, see message below. Ron saw a juvenal-plumaged Masked/Nazca Booby pass by headed south from Moss Beach seawatch.
Leonie for Ron
There was ( 8 ) mile visibility at Half Moon Bay early this morning. So, I was out the
door to Moss Beach for a seawatch.
Time ( 07:00-09:30 ) Sky high overcast Visibility clear out to near the horizon
Wind south 7 knots
At ( 07:50 ) I got on a booby coming in from the north. Passing straight out from
where I was scoping it was a juvenal-plumaged MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY.
What I observed I was able to eliminate Brown Booby and Blue-footed Booby.
I noted the features of the Masked/Nazca Booby, but I could not get a good view
if it had a white collar or was lacking one. I watched it flying south until it was out
Other birds noted during the seawatch
( 3,000 ) Sooty Shearwaters were flying north. There were ( 52 ) Black-vented
Shearwaters with most flying with the Sooty Shearwaters. There was
( 1 ) Pink-footed Shearwater. ( 3 ) Adult pale morph Parasitic Jaegers were
trailing Elegant Terns south. Brandt's Cormorants flying north had a leucistic
individual standing out among the group. The only shorebirds southbound were
( 78 ) Red-necked Phalaropes.