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Red-footed Booby
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  1. Searcher Pelagic Results LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2018 @ 10:35pm, 12 day(s) ago
    The annual Searcher pelagic trip departed San Diego about noon on Labor Day and was back to the dock Friday morning at 730 AM. Highlights were many. Monday afternoon was spent crossing the 9 mile bank and working our way up the 30 mile. Highlights were excellent looks at a couple of Brown Boobies as well as close passes by a RED-FOOTED BOOBY. Ashy, Black, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, plus a few leaders and participants were able to glimpse and photo one or two LEAST STORM_PETRELS along the way.
    We decided to start day 2 at Santa Barbara Island where we saw the continuing immature NAZCA BOOBY plus about 80 Brown Boobies. From Santa Barbara we worked our way northwest along the Santa Cruz basin, seeing good numbers of Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Arctic Terns, as well as the expected shearwater species. We were treated to another RED-FOOTED BOOBY not too far from SB Island. In the late afternoon we arrived at a bank south east of San Miguel Island called "The Condor Bank" as it was a fishing spot frequented by the original Condor board from Santa Barbara. Here we encountered large boils of 200lb Bluefin Tuna, and the bird show was spectacular. Several South Polar Skuas, a dozen jaegers, many hundreds of Pink-footed Shearwaters and likely a hundred Arctic Terns. The show was spectacular, and here we found yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY and a couple of Brown Boobies.
    After anchoring near San Miguel for the night, DAY 3 we headed out to The Rodriguez Dome about 30 miles to the west. We departed Miguel about 5 AM, and were on the dome about 730 AM. Just before arriving at Rodriguez we encountered yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY. Exceptional numbers of Buller's Shearwaters, 8 Guadalupe Murrelets (seen well by all onboard) as well as our first Red-billed Tropicbird of the trip were highlights of our day headed south. We had as many as 10 Black-footed Albatross with us at once, and there were several behind the boarWe finished the day at the San Juan Seamount. We encountered dozens of Blue Whales in this deep water as well as some Fin whales, and a couple of cooperative BAIRD"S-BEAKED Whales. Guadalupe Fur Seals were seen regularly. Our first TOWNSEND"S STORM-PETRELS
    DAY 4 was spent traveling traveling from the western edge of the Tanner and Cortez Banks to the San Clemente Island basin. We found a cooperative RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD on the water, as well our first of nearly a dozen COOK'S PETRELS. Leach's Storm-petrels were present in numbers, and we were able to get folks on a handful of TOWNSEND's Storm-Petrels. Inside the Cortez we had the familiar cry of "White Booby behind the boat", and had an immature booby circle the boat. This one seemed to show characters of MASKED BOOBY, but this bird was not as straightforward as the others, so we will be sending photos out to get some expert opinions before putting this one in the books.
    As we approached Sam Clemente we were treated to one of the most spectacular afternoons I have ever spent at sea. Boils of smaller bluefin tuna were everywhere, and there were literally thousands of Pink-footed Shearwaters wheeling about, as well as. hundreds of Arctic and Common Terns, dozens of Sabine's gulls and jaegers were in flight. We also saw about 35 Craveri's Murrelets in this area, some very close to the boat allowing great looks. We poked through flock after flock of birds until dark, eventually getting brief looks at a FLESH_FOOTED SHEARWATER. In the middle of this feeding frenzy we also saw yet another NAZCA BOOBY, this one a full adult.
    The high overcast conditions were also good for migrants, and we had Willow Flycatcher, Macgillvray'a Warbler as well as Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray as well as multiple cowbirds and several species of shorebird.
    One of the best trips I have done off SoCal and certainly continues the excellent results this year. Thanks to Celia Condit and Captain Art Taylor from Searcher Natural History Tours, my co-leaders Dave Pereksta, Dave Povey, and Rob Hynson. Thanks to all the participants as well.
    Todd McGrath SKUA@... The Woodlands, TX
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  3. Farallon highlights LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2018 @ 8:09pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi birders,
    Over the last few days, the Point Blue crew experienced ideal weather ( overcast skies, limited visibility, and light winds) for sending migrants to Southeast Farallon Island. And oh my, how they came. In addition to the normal western birds, we found the following: Red-footed Booby-1 (1st record since 1975), Scripps's Murrelet-1, Least Flycatcher-2, Eastern Warbling Vireo-1, Red-eyed Vireo-1, Green-tailed Towhee-1, Bobolink-2, Ovenbird-1, Tennessee Warbler-4, Connecticut Warbler-1, Mourning Warbler-1, American Redstart-3, Magnolia Warbler-1, Blackburnian Warbler-1, Chestnut-sided Warbler-2, Blackpoll Warbler-1, and Canada Warbler-1 (our 4th this fall).
    Southeast Farallon Island, a part of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, is off limits to the public, but the juvenile Red-footed Booby, which was seen yesterday and today, may be visible on a whale watching boat to the island. Although there have been 3 Brown Boobies on Sugarloaf Islet lately, we have yet to see the Red-footed Booby land there. Yesterday afternoon it landed briefly on Saddle Rock before the Western Gulls chased it off. It then flew around the island with the pelicans for a couple hours before sunset. Today we saw it briefly around 2:15 PM. The booby could be roosting somewhere else on the island that we are unaware of.
    To see full checklists of the birds we're seeing with photos, check out our profile in eBird:
    John Garrett, Sarah Hecocks, Kurt Ongman, Amanda Spears, James R Tietz
    Southeast Farallon Island, CA
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  5. Red-footed Booby at Point Pinos, Monterey County LINK
    DATE: Aug 25, 2018 @ 8:51pm, 25 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    This afternoon I had a flyby Red-footed Booby heading southwest around Point Pinos. I'll add better photos to this checklist soon, but stuck in a back-of-the-camera placeholder for now. This is another data point in a bona fide invasion year for this species in California:
    Brian L. Sullivan
    Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    Information Science and Technology
    Digital Publications Lead
    eBird Project Leader
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  7. San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2018 @ 5:42am, 31 day(s) ago
    The 12-hour pelagic trip from San Diego on Sunday, 19 August, out as far
    as the 30-Mile Bank aboard GRANDE and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon
    Society was wildly successful for quality birds. Best for San Diego
    waters was the LAYSAN ALBATROSS that plopped down near the boat only
    10.5 nm WSW of Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma), on our way back in. Before
    that, the best birds had been yet another, new RED-FOOTED BOOBY 24.4 nm
    WSW of La Jolla, also sitting on the water near the boat, and a close
    fly-by sub-adult MASKED BOOBY at the "182" site on the 30-Mile Bank.
    (Both of these birds were recognizably DIFFERENT from the ones we saw in
    the same general waters just two days earlier!!) At the end of the day,
    we heard that yet another RED-FOOTED BOOBY was riding along on another
    fishing boat, so we met that boat at the mouth of the bay and enjoyed
    following that bird back to the dock! Combined with the 3 BROWN BOOBIES
    seen, we had a three-booby day. A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS made repeated
    passes close to the boat out at the 30-Mile, where there was also a
    distant SOUTH POLAR SKUA. And a total of 12 (6 pairs) of flighty
    CRAVERI'S MURRELETS were tallied, all well offshore. A BLACK TERN was
    seen by some, as was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE as we left the dock in the
    early morning. Photos of many of these birds will undoubtedly be posted
    by others. Offshore totals for the trip included:
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 90
    Sooty Shearwater: 2
    Black-vented Shearwater: 300
    Black Storm-Petrel: 350
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 4
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 15 (high)
    Least Storm-Petrel: 0 (a couple "maybe's" that were not seen well
    enough or photo'd)
    Brown Booby: 3
    Red-necked Phalarope: 50
    Red Phalarope: 200
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    Parasitic Jaeger: 2
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1
    Cassin's Auklet: 6
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    Blue Whale: 1
    The next San Diego pelagic trips are scheduled for 23 September and 21
    October. See for more information.
    --Paul Lehman and leader contingent, San Diego
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  9. Red-footed booby on a fishing boat at Point Loma harbor LINK
    DATE: Aug 19, 2018 @ 6:52pm, 31 day(s) ago
    A red-footed booby has been riding on the bow of the sport fishing boat Liberty since yesterday in San Diego Bay harbor all the way to the Coronados islands and now back to San Diego Harbor as of 7 p. M. on Sunday. The boat is moored at Fisherman's Landing at Point Loma which is one Landing north of Point Loma Sportfishing. the San Diego pelagic trip on Sunday was excellent with many good birds, including another, new red-footed booby and a new masked booby and a laysan albatross and 10 Craveri's. Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  11. offshore San Diego: RED-FOOTED & MASKED Boobies, Least Stormies, Craveri's, Long-taileds LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2018 @ 3:40pm, 33 day(s) ago
    Several of us headed offshore on Friday the 17th from San Diego for 7+
    hours out to the 30-Mile Bank and return. Some good birds found, some
    late-summer specialties, and some dead zones. Totals offshore included:
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY: a dark-morph bird flew right by the boat 25.9 nm W of
    La Jolla. Photos. This bird looks very much like the bird(s) seen a
    week or so ago both at the end of the Mission Bay Jetty and offshore
    from a whalewatch boat (but which was much closer to shore than our bird).
    MASKED BOOBY: a near-adult was sitting on the water also near the
    30-Mile Bank, some 23.1 nm W of Point Loma. Photos. It seems as
    though, as of late, that Masked has become rarer than Nazca off CA....
    Least Storm-Petrel: total of 8, all at or near the 30-Mile Bank. None
    closer to shore.
    Craveri's Murrelet: total of 6 (plus 2 murrelet sp.), all pairs at or
    near the 30-Mile Bank
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 2 juveniles, one only 6.6 nm W of La Jolla, and the
    other out at the 30-Mile Bank where more typical
    Other species seen:
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 25
    Sooty Shearwater: 1
    Black-vented Shearwater: 50
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: total of ca. 30 birds is quite high for this late in
    the season off San Diego; peak numbers often in late May and June
    Black Storm-Petrel: total of 1800 included 1600 in several rafts on
    30-Mile Bank
    Cassin's Auklet: 3
    Pomarine Jaeger: 3
    Parasitic Jaeger: 1
    Red Phalarope: 100+
    Red-necked Phalarope: 40
    Sabine's Gull: 3 (incl. 1 juv.)
    Western Gull: 50
    Elegant Tern: 25
    The next scheduled pelagic trip off San Diego is this coming Sunday, but
    it is sold out. The next trip after that is in latter September and
    still has space. See for more information.
    --Paul Lehman and group, San Diego
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  13. Re: Red-footed Booby at Moss Landing LINK
    DATE: Aug 14, 2018 @ 11:18am, 36 day(s) ago
    Final update: Yesterday's Red-footed Booby in Moss Landing marina fell
    from its sailboat mast perch mid-day and was picked up by the local SPCA
    Wildlife Rescue. I have spoken to them today. The booby was emaciated
    and had no protein in its blood; this means it was basically starving.
    They put it on an intravenous diet but, sadly, it died overnight.
    The body is scheduled for a necropsy by Fish & Game. I have expressed
    that, if possible, the birding community would like the specimen
    preserved in a museum. That may or may not happen.
    Some of you know that another Red-footed Booby was found dead on a Moss
    Landing area beach in July; it, also, may have been unable to find
    sufficient food.
    I need to make a correction in the story of this booby: The bird did not
    "ride into the harbor" on the Blue Ocean boat "High Spirits." Instead,
    as Blue Ocean was going out on their afternoon whale-watch on Sunday,
    Kate Cummings of Blue Ocean spotted the booby riding on a fishing boat,
    called "Fishure," and she photographed it from "High Spirits" as the
    fishing boat was heading into Moss Landing harbor. That is the photo
    that appears on Blue Ocean's Facebook page. We presume that the booby
    had previously landed on the fishing boat somewhere offshore Moss
    Landing [any additional details on that point would be welcome].
    On the return of the Blue Ocean trip at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Kate looked
    around the harbor and found the booby roosting on the same sailboat
    where it was seen by many of us on Monday morning. Some photos are in
    this checklist
    In all, a sad ending to a lovely lost bird.
    Don Roberson
    Monterey County bird records compiler.
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  15. Re: Boobies and oceanography.... LINK
    DATE: Aug 14, 2018 @ 4:37pm, 36 day(s) ago
    Don's message did not go out to the group. Copied below. Regarding flying fish, I think that Nazca will take them if it can, but they are much less maneuverable than Red-footed so my thought is that they are less likely to forage on them as regularly as Red-footed. Bait brought up to the surface by tuna and dolphins seem to be the more likely food sources taken by Nazca. I have never seen a Nazca take a flying fish personally. On the Galapagos (work on Espanola), tracked Nazca will do overnight foraging trips, so longer trips to find fish than nearshore foraging species. They tend to fly offshore to the South and East, so likely remain in colder water, although not truly "cold" water.
    Don's message here:
    "Very nice summary of current and somewhat anomalous conditions! Thanks.
    During my 4 months in the ETP in fall 1989, we encountered many Red-foots foraging for flying-fish around our research ship, especially in deep, warm open ocean. Someone mentioned this week that Nazca is also a species that uses flying-fish regularly; yet, their normal range is in cold up-welling oceanic waters. I don't recall Nazcas in the Galapagos going after flying-fish. But maybe I just don't remember. Did you see that"
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  17. Boobies and oceanography.... LINK
    DATE: Aug 14, 2018 @ 2:58pm, 36 day(s) ago
    Hello all,
    Thanks Don for the update on the Monterey Red-footed Booby. Sorry to hear it did not survive. But it opens up a discussion on what is going on in southern California right now regarding water temperatures. The record high temperature off La Jolla was just broken, this is the warmest the ocean has been in recorded history at that latitude:
    Similarly, the recent SST (Sea Surface Temperatures) anomalies are very high and positive for a region encompassing southernmost CA and northernmost Baja. Here is the map to show that:
    This pattern has become more extreme in recent weeks, basically during the month of August. Who knows if we have peaked or if it continues to increase. There is no El Nio right now, but it is predicted to begin by fall or winter with a pretty good probability. In the above image of SST anomalies, the alternating cold and warm patches along the equator are the Kelvin Waves that slosh warm water from the western pacific to the east, part of the behavior expected during the build up of an El Nio. Whether the warm anomaly in So Cal is part of this situation or not, is for others to determine but just keep in mind that there is no El Nio going on right now. But there may be a situation where food abundance has shifted to the negative due to this warm water anomaly in CA, and it may extend to the south depending on the dynamics of this, and also how the subsurface water temperatures are doing. This may be a factor in what is creating the elevated number of boobies in CA. Keep in mind that Nazca (and Masked) and in particular Red-footed are the more pelagic of the boobies in the Eastern Pacific. So this is quite different from an invasion of Blue-footed or Brown which are nearshore boobies. Whatever the food issue that is out there affecting these birds, it may be offshore where it is happening.
    This last breeding season in Galapagos was a really good one for seabirds, as water there was cold and food rich. Numbers of juvenile Nazca, Blue-footed and Red-footed boobies coming off those colonies should be high, as are numbers of Waved Albatross and other seabirds there. The Monterey Red-footed and the various Nazca recently are too old to come from this most recent breeding cohort. But if this booby incursion continues, we may now have a bigger pool of potential birds that may wander north looking for food. The fledging period for most Galapagos seabirds is protracted, but roughly its July to September.
    Here in Half Moon Bay, ocean temperatures have been normal and cold. We are not getting the warm effect (yet). There was some warm water incursion just in the last few days to about 30 miles offshore, we shall see if this situation stays to southern CA, or if it filters north as the summer and fall progresses.
    In any case, stuff to ponder. We are out twice this next weekend, so two more point of data from Half Moon Bay and Bodega forthcoming.
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  19. Re: [MBBIRDS] Red-footed Booby at Moss Landing LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2018 @ 2:15pm, 37 day(s) ago
    A further update -- the subadult Red-footed Booby was seen to fall from
    its roost on the sailboat mast in Moss Landing harbor within the last
    hour, got tangled in lines, and then fell to the deck of the boat.
    Wildlife Rescue is enroute and should be there soon, if not there already.
    Don Roberson (not on scene but passing on information)
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  21. Red-footed Booby at Moss Landing LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2018 @ 10:49am, 37 day(s) ago
    As of this moment, the subadult Red-footed Booby that rode into Moss
    Landing harbor last evening, and then flew to roost on a sailboat, is
    still present and sleeping on the main mast of sailboat La Quarida in
    the middle of south harbor as Moss Landing. It can be seen well from the
    town of Moss Landing, just before Phil's Fish Market, among the
    sailboats moored in the harbor. It is sleeping heavily and during the
    hour I was there, raised its head only briefly twice. It is foggy in
    Moss Landing at present so the bird seems unlikely to go anywhere soon.
    The boat it rode in on -- Blue Ocean's "High Spirits" -- left on a
    whale-watch trip at 9 a.m. and the booby did not even stir when that
    boatload stopped to look at it. Outermost primaries on right wing
    heavily frayed.
    Good luck, Don
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  23. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2018 @ 9:38am, 3 month(s) ago
    California birders, The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in late July. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you. Tom Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee 2018-039 Masked Booby, 1 May 18, Port of Los Angeles, LA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-040 Masked Booby, 1 May 18, San Diego Harbor, SD (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-043 Masked Booby, 13 May 18, off Dana Point Headlands, ORA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-052 Masked Booby, 31 May 18, off Dana Point Headlands, ORA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-058 Masked Booby, 9 Jun 18, Pt. La Jolla, SD (documentation from 2 observers,
    addl documentation requested) 2018-059 Masked Booby, 10 Jun 18, Offshore San Diego County, SD (no documentation received, documentation requested) 2018-063 Masked Booby, 11 Jun 18, Catalina Island, LA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-064 Masked Booby, 7 Jun 18,off Manhattan Beach, LA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-065 Masked Booby, 15 Jun 18, off Long Beach, LA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-036 Nazca Booby, 1-5 May 18, Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve, SD (single observer and specimen, documentation complete) 2018-050 Nazca Booby, 25 May 18, San Nicolas Island, VEN (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-060 Nazca Booby, 10 Jun 18, Offshore San Diego County, SD (no documentation received, documentation requested) 2018-041 Masked/Nazca Booby, 12 May 18, Pt.
    Dume , LA (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-051 Masked/Nazca Booby, 28 May 18, Offshore San Diego County, SD (single observer, documentation complete) 2018-038 Red-footed Booby, 6 May 18, Pt. Cabrillo, SD (single observer, documentation complete) What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( ). Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email. Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo cant be obtained or vocalizations
    cant be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that arent preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present. 
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  25. Red-footed Booby present today LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2017 @ 9:46am, 10 month(s) ago
    Red-footed Booby seen today perched on a ladder on the intermediate levee. Seen best this morning from the boat launch ramp area.
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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  27. Red-footed Booby continues 11/30 at Pillar Pt. Harbor, Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2017 @ 10:02am, 10 month(s) ago
    Just wanted to let folks know the Red-footed Booby was seen yesterday 11/30 between the hours of 9:00am and 12:30pm. It was on the same inner free-standing breakwater as it has been seen on consistently. Yesterday, it had positioned itself about 60 yds to the right of the ladder that is on the left most end of this breakwater. We got good views of it from the end of Johnson Pier. We also were able to view it from the paved walkway just south of the kayak rental.
    Malia DeFelice
    Half Moon Bay, CA
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  29. Fwd: Red-footed Booby-Half Moon Bay San Mateo County LINK
    DATE: Nov 25, 2017 @ 7:09am, 10 month(s) ago
    > The RED-FOOTED BOOBY is on the breakwater in the Princeton Harbor on a “ladder” grooming.
    > Beautiful morning, lots of birds, party boats and a slight breeze.
    > Enjoy the day!
    > Leonie Batkin
    > Ron Thorn
    > Sent from my iPhone 
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