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Rare Sighting of Brown Boobies in Baltimore

Yesterday, reports surfaced of a rare sighting of brown booby birds in Baltimore’s Locust Point.

Published September 23, 2015

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Photos via Baltimore Sun.

Brown boobies are certainly out of place here in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. These large seabirds typically inhabit tropical areas, including the coastal beaches of the Florida Keys and Hawaii. 

Brown boobies will, however, leave home and travel up the coast in search of food. Our General Curator Jack Cover theorizes the annual movement of menhaden into deeper waters may have attracted the boobies to Baltimore. 

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If confirmed, this would be the second sighting of a brown booby in the state of Maryland. 

To learn more about this species, visit the Audubon Society’s field guide page. 

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