A blue-footed booby was spotted in Pacific Palisades near Gladstone’s Restaurant early Wednesday morning, reports Socalwild.
Independent biologist Dan Cooper said, “I think I have looked out at the Pacific Ocean thousands of times looking for birds, but I have never expected to see this bird.”
According to E-bird, the same booby was spotted by local birder David Bell in the same area. Bell said, “About an hour later it came in closer to shore to join a group of feeding cormorants, pelicans and gulls around a pod of porpoises. The obvious irregular white spots above made it immediately obvious that it was a blue footed booby, a species I have seen many times in Mexico and occasionally elsewhere.”
According to E-bird, the last reported sighting of the rare bird in Los Angeles County was in 1965 in Bonelli Park in San Dimas.