Possible Occurrence of the Blue-Footed Booby in Southern California
Possible Occurrence of the Blue-footed Booby in Southern California
A Sula of this type was seen by Mr. Edward J. Brown and the writer, between Anaheim Landing and Sunset Beach, Orange County, California, on October 26, 1921. It came from the ocean and made a complete circle around us at a distance of about a hundred yards. While ordinarily opposed to the publication of sight records, it seems to me permissible in this case; for a bird exhibiting such striking coloration and flight could hardly be mistaken for anything else. No claim is made for admission to the state list of the above species as we, of course, cannot say further than that it was a black and white Sula. As S. nebouxi, according to the A. O. U. Check-list, breeds in the Gulf of Lower California, the bird probably belonged to that form.
A. J. Van Rossem
Los Angeles, California, November 5, 1921