Southern California

Far From Home, Nazca Booby Attracts Bird Watchers to Dana Point

The bird primarily breeds on the Galapagos and Malpelo archipelagos, so a sighting this far north is rare

Bird enthusiasts flocked to Southern California to get a glimpse of a rare bird normally seen on the Galapagos Islands.

The Orange County Register reports the Nazca Booby was spotted Monday in Dana Point.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says the bird breeds primarily on the Galapagos and Malpelo archipelagos, but on occasion can be found offshore from mainland South America, with small breeding populations along the Ecuadorian and Peruvian coasts as well as in the Pacific Coast of Central America.

The bird was spotted in Newport Beach two weeks ago, then again on Sunday.

Bird enthusiast Robin Lowe speculates warm weather brought the bird to the area. She says it also could have had something to do with the squid off the local waters, on which this species feeds.

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