Monday, December 2, 2013
I had to be in San Diego today, so I got up early and drove an hour north to Lake Skinner Recreational Area with hopes of finding a Blue-footed Booby. Several had been seen in this area recently. I had no problem finding the lake, with a little help from "Susie," my Apple Maps assistant! I paid my $6 fee, and the attendant showed me a beautiful picture someone had recently taken of the booby, with the added caution, "Some people see them and some don't. I haven't. Good luck." With that stirring endorsement, I headed down to the lake. Today luck was with me. Within 15 minutes, I found four of them, sitting on the edge of the far dock at the small marina. I stood on the shore of the lake and watch them for 30 minutes. They rested, preened and moved around a little but never left the dock. The scope views I had were magnificent, with the sun directly behind my back. What a fun experience to see this bird in the United States.