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    #ABArare – Blue-footed Booby – Arizona

    Richard Wilson found a Blue-footed Booby (Code 4) at Patagonia Lake State Park near Nogales on Aug 15. This is the first photo-documented record for southeast Arizona and the ABA Area's second in as many weeks. Last week's Blue-footed, which was in New Mexico, was taken to a rehabber several days ago, so this latest report is certainly a different individual.

    ABArare Blue-footed Booby Arizona Core 01

    ABArare Blue-footed Booby Arizona Core 03
    photos by Andrew Core

    The Blue-footed Booby was seen again on Aug 16 and 17. On the 16th, it was seen flying by the beach area on the east side of the lake and also near the dam on the west side (map here). On the morning of the 17th, it was on the west side. Watch the Arizona/New Mexico listserv for updates.

    Patagonia Lake State Park is about 10 miles northeast of Nogales. There is a fee to enter ($10 for one person). Camp sites are available for an additional fee.

    ABArare Blue-footed Booby Arizona Core 02
    photo by Andrew Core

     

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    John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
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