Date: 11/1/19 10:13 am From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] FW: Red-footed booby
Kevin Yates, the observer who reported the booby has given me permission to share his full post with OBOL. See the email exchange below.
I talked to Kevin. He lives in Milton-Freewater. He lived in Michigan for 20 years.
He said the bird he saw was flying east over the RR tracks between I-84 and the Columbia River.
He said the bird he saw had a grayish-blue bill, and the Brown Boobies he sees online have lighter bills.
From: C Kevin Yates [mailto:<cbrd1978...>]
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:45 PM
To: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...>
Subject: Re: Red-footed booby
Yes Paul you can definitely share the info. The other unique thing about this bird was that there were no other markings or color on the bird. I've looked at shearwaters and albatrosses, but nothing matches with what I saw. I'll do some more research on the brown booby.
My phone number is
616-298-1916. Give me a ring sometime. I can talk to you about it better over the phone.
Hello my name is Kevin Yates and I am an active birder. I've been birding for at least 50 [years] our more and have a little over 600 birds on my lifelist.
I saw an unusual bird yesterday morning I'm guessing around mid morning somewhere between Biggs Junction and Arlington.
I am a truck driver and as I was driving east on I-84, I saw a bird flying east a little higher up along the south side of the Columbia River/freeway. I got a really good look as I drove by. It was a pelagic bird that was uniformly dark brown all over, had a five foot wingspan, a fairly long tail, a heavy stout bill that came down to a point. The wings at the elbow came back at a fairly Sharp angle from the rest of the wing and had pointed wing tips. The body looked like a long torpedo shape.
I've seen a lot of gulls over the years. I have 2 bird books in the truck plus my binoculars. Barska 10x30x60 zoom.
I was going to pull over and have better look, but I was under the gun to get over to Twin Falls,ID to pick up the rest of the load.
I've also done a lot of searching on Google and I keep coming back to the Red-footed booby.
A birding friend of mine up in La Grande sent me your email.
Maybe you can help dial in on what I saw, seems as though it was a bit misplaced.