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BOB'S BLOG: Birders following fate of rare Brown Booby

By Bob Wood
November 07, 2013 - 164 comments

In my last blog piece, I joked about the possibility of a rare bird, a Brown Booby, visiting my town.  SEE HERE. 

Imagine my surprise when, on Halloween Day, shortly after that piece was published, news came that the Brown Booby had arrived and was photographed in my area (Long Point/Port Rowan).

The Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America describes this bird as a “rare visitor from Florida.”  However, there had been one hanging around the Niagara River for a couple of weeks.

Since then the story has not been so good.

Toward the end of last week, the bird was discovered along the road to Mohawk Point on Lake Erie just west of Lowbanks in the Haldimand Region.

(Brown Booby photo taken November 2, 2013 at Mohawk Point, Ontario, Canada by G. Rising. See original site HERE.)

It wasn’t well, not surprising as it is a warm-water ocean bird.

Some birders contemplated capturing it with the hope of taking it to a rehabilitation centre. One group watched for about an hour last Saturday November 2nd andwas surprised when the bird took flight flying west towards Rock Point Provincial Park.

Noted birder Bob Curry, author of The Birds of Hamilton and Surrounding Area was part of the group.

In an e-mail report to Ontario birders, Curry had this to offer:

 “My guess is that it will likely die but that, now, we will not find it.”

The Brown Booby hasn’t been seen since.

We have our fingers crossed. 

Bob Wood is a housing and poverty advocate and former two-term Burlington City Councillor who has built a bed-and-breakfast with his wife on Lake Erie. 


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