Birders Flock to Va. Beach to See Brown Booby

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – A squat, yellow-legged seabird more common to Caribbean waters has been sighted off this resort city, creating a stir among birders.

Since 1982, only one brown booby has been seen in Virginia, and a mere six have been confirmed in state history.

A biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a booby sighting is akin to spotting another more southern native, a manatee, in the Chesapeake Bay.

“Brown boobies in Virginia Beach? I would say, ‘Wow, that’s really rare,’ ” said Eric Davis, the federal biologist.

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