[Tweeters] Blue-footed Booby on Samish Island - August 6, 2006

lpatters at ix.netcom.com lpatters at ix.netcom.com
Thu Aug 10 13:06:24 PDT 2006

Has anyone been looking for the Booby this week?

Larry Schwitters

-----Original Message-----
>From: Ryan Merrill <rmerrill27 at gmail.com>
>Sent: Aug 7, 2006 1:50 AM
>To: Tweeters at u.washington.edu
>Subject: [Tweeters] Blue-footed Booby on Samish Island - August 6, 2006
> <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>This afternoon on Samish Island in Skagit County
>I watched a BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY flying in circles with a few hundred gulls for
>about 40 minutes near the park on Wharf Road.  About 3:40 it flew
>south/southwest over Padilla Bay toward March
>Point before I lost it in the haze.  The gull flock it was with appeared to
>have relocated in that direction and was flocking between Guemes and
>Saddlebag Islands.  I would guess that the booby joined the gulls there
>again and could certainly remain with that flock.  Hopefully it can be
>relocated in the upcoming days.  The one previous Washington record was near
>Everett in September 1935.
>The few pictures I got are online.  There is a red mark on the belly that
>I'm not sure what to make of.  It appears that it could be red paint.

>Ryan Merrill
>Kirkland, WA

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