More on Masked Booby
- Gary Meredith and I arrived at La Jolla this morning about 8:20 am.
We were told the Masked Booby had left about 20 minutes earlier.
About 9:40 am I saw the bird approaching the rocky cliff area. At
times, it was mobbed by a Western Gull. I took digital photos from
Cave Street using a big C5 telescope at distance, and have posted a
collage of those photos on Calbirds in FILES, PHOTOS, PELAGIC BIRDS
(subfolders). I do want to add to the directions to the bird as we
did get confused at the end. It turns out that "old Shell Shop"
familiar to San Diego birders (obviously) was once a Shell Shop but
nowhere on the sign of the store does the word Shell appear nor are
there any shells in evidence in the store's windows. Instead, the
store/shop on the right side of the road just above the Booby roost
has the words "The Cave" on the sign. Second... the instructions say
there is a walkway along the cliffs... I assumed that meant a hiking
trail above "Shell Shop" but it doesn't... instead what is meant is
that one walks along Cave Street on a bluff. If you walk down from
"Shell Shop" along a dirt path to a viewing area where there is a
congregation of Cormorants and Pelicans you probably won't see the
Booby which, when we were there, was sitting on a lower shelf.
Instead the best viewing from my vantage point was from Cave Street
anywhere from below the first small parking area on the right along
the street to the next parking area on the right. Although it is
convenient to park near "Shell Shop", there are only about 1/2 dozen
parking spots and I'm sure the "The Cave" people are not going to be
happy about the taking of those parking spots. There is a two hour
limit on those spots, while the next parking area on the right has a 3
hour limit. Good luck... it's a pretty bird... a lot easier to see
than the Masked Booby that turned up at Pt. Mugu a few years ago.
Dana Point, CA