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After my last post about the Blue-footed Boobies (Code 4) in California, the northward momentum of the invasion seemed to fizzle out. They made it as far north as Sonoma County and seemed to be poised to continue moving north, but then..nothing. Well, not entirely nothing: on Sep 24 while leading a whalewatching cruise, Kyle Howard and Captain Geoff found a Blue-footed Booby near Stubbs Island, north of Telegraph Cove on the north side of Vancouver Island.

Blue-footed Booby. Photo from the Stubbs Island Whale Watching website by Kyle Howard.

Blue-footed Booby. Photo from the Stubbs Island Whale Watching website by Kyle Howard.

Other than a sight report that was not accepted, this is the first record for British Columbia. Not surprisingly, it’s also a first for all of Canada. Since then, there have been no additional sightings from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, or northern California. This one is a real outlier.

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John Puschock

John Puschock

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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  • Roy Atkins

    Don’t know if it matters or not but the bird was actually first spotted by Roy Atkins and Julian Sykes who were leading a holiday for a Scottish Wildlife holidays company called Speyside Wildlife. We were on the whale watching trip and first spotted and identified the bird and pointed it out to Geoff and Kyle. Could not believe our eyes and knew it must be a very good record but did not realise the significance of our find until later. Cheers Roy Atkins

    • Russell Cannings

      Thanks for the clarification Roy–could you possibly send me an email ([email protected]) with a little summary of the sighting? Would be good to have on record for the BC bird records committee.

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