Preliminary Sept 27 – 29, 2023 Trip Report

by | Oct 5, 2023

Second 48-Hour TX Pelagic Report Sept 27 – 29, 2023.

Prior to today probably fewer than a dozen birders have this bird on their Texas List. Today 29 very lucky birders added RED-FOOTED BOOBY to their TX and Life Lists. We made TX Pelagic history with the first RFBO for any TX Pelagic ever. It was one of my top four needed birds for a Texas pelagic. The bird circled the boat for at least 15 minutes while it dove after flying fish. It was accompanied by a Brown Booby for a few minutes and chased by a Pomarine Jaeger for a few minutes too. Thousands of photos taken.
A full report to be posted soon.

1. Red-necked Phalarope – Spotted by Ryan.
2. Pomarine Jaeger – Seen chasing the RFBO for a couple minutes close to the boat.
3. Sabine’s Gull – Only seen at a distance by a couple people, photographed.
4. Bridled Tern – Close up extended views sitting on a small square of driftwood.
5. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel – quite a view good views, late in season for them.
6. Cory’s Shearwater (Scopoli’s) – many seen flying by.
7. Audubon’s Shearwater – several seen flying by.
8. Manx Shearwater – photos revealed one.
9. Magnificent Frigatebird – seen many time.
10. Brown Booby – many seen including one that the RFBO chased.
11. RED-FOOTED BOOBY – First TX Pelagic trip record. 11th Texas Record of a very rare but increasingly found seabird.

Here is a map of the trip track as recorded by my GPS.

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