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Booby sighting causes excitement

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Birdwatchers in Buffalo are buzzing over the sighting of a brown booby.

Birders flocked to the city's Lake Erie and Niagara River waterfronts this week to get a glimpse of the gull-like tropical diving bird normally found along the coasts of Central America.

It is the first time a brown booby has been sighted in the region.

It's unusual to spot one anywhere in the United States, except in Florida and Southern California, experts said.

"The probability of one here is in the millions," said Dominic Sherony, who is among dozens of people from around western New York and Ontario who have arrived in Buffalo with binoculars and cameras.

Birdwatchers are concerned that the bird, alone and far from its much warmer usual habitat, might not be able to find enough to eat in Buffalo. They are hopeful it will join the cormorants when they migrate south for winter.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 12, 2013 D7

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