Date: 9/15/20 6:58 pm From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Masked Booby, Tues. evening update
The sub-adult Masked Booby remained at Cold Spring (Cape May) Inlet through at least 6:45 this evening. It continued to alternate between periods of resting on the outer portion of the south jetty and flying laps around the mouth of the inlet, occasionally disappearing to the south for a short time. It was apparently last seen flying offshore at 6:45pm.
The best way to see the bird today was by boat. A couple options for tomorrow: 1) The Osprey. A special trip for the booby is scheduled for 8-9:30am, followed by regularly scheduled trips at 10am and 1:30pm. Details at ospreycruise.com. 2) Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center. Trips scheduled for 10am, 1:30pm, and 5:30pm. Details at capemaywhalewatch.com. Folks may also check in with The Skimmer (skimmer.com) and the Cape May Whale Watcher (capemaywhalewatcher.com).
Observers also had success scoping the booby from Poverty Beach, which is located beyond the corner of Beach and Wilmington avenues in Cape May City. Given the distance, the bird was more easily seen in flight from here. Please do not continue past Poverty Beach onto the beach at the Coast Guard Training Center. Access to the inlet is also no longer possible from the north side, via the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR.