Red-footed Booby – No

Went out on a Pelagic trip with Larry and Philip Manfredi and Roberto Torres today.  Thanks, Roberto for bringing your boat.  It was slow , even by Florida standards. We had three Audubon’s Shearwaters, 15 Bridled Terns, 2 Sooty Terns, Brown Boobies, a N. Gannet and two storm-petrel species- Wilson’s Storm-Petrel (12) and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (2) both of which were year-birds for me.

Bridled Tern on 6-22 Pelagic Trip (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

We didn’t have the Red-footed Booby. I was sure hoping for that one. On the bright side we caught 13 Dorado (Dolphin Fish) and had an enjoyable time. Larry’s son Philip who’s ten years old handled himself well.  Roberto has a whole lot of energy.  He was able to film this Band-rumped Storm-Petrel on our trip.

Willson's Storm-Petrel on 6-22 Pelagic Trip (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

To make matters worse, it looks like I may be stuck tomorrow in Houston which would mess up the North Dakota trip which may be jacked up anyway due to the floods.  If this all happens expect an end run or hail mary tomorrow. May try to make lemonade out of lemons.

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4 Responses to Red-footed Booby – No

  1. Deanna Campbell says:

    Hey John!

    If North Dakota is out, you can easily get you those three birds up Calgary way – Sprague’s Pipit, Baird’s Sparrow and Chestnut-collared Longspur… Maybe you could even run over to Victoria on WestJet and get your Skylark…
    There are lots of flights to Calgary from Houston – both oil towns…


  2. Brendan O'Sullivan says:

    Hello John,
    I have been following your blog with interest. I was wondering if you thought about chasing the Hooded Crow currently being seen at Staten Island, New York. I know Hooded Crow is not on the ABA list but, you never know, this may be the one to put it there!
    All the best for the remainder of the year.

  3. Brendan O'Sullivan says:

    The topic , I see, has been mentioned in a previous message so there is no need to post mine. Thanks

  4. John Vanderpoel says:


    I think there is about a 30% chance that Hooded Crow will be added to the AOU list, so I’m planning a visit from Boston.

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