Rare seabird spotted at Patagonia Lake in SE Arizona - Tucson News Now

Rare seabird spotted at Patagonia Lake in SE Ariz.

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A seabird has flown far from its domain along the Gulf of California and settled for the past couple of weeks at Patagonia Lake northeast of Nogales.

The blue-footed booby has been at Patagonia Lake State Park since about Aug. 15 and biologists say it's the first one ever documented in southeast Arizona.

Boobies are about 32 inches long with a long, pointed bill and are in the pelican family of birds.

They have vibrant blue feet when they reach adulthood.

The Arizona Daily Star says the birds normally range from the Gulf of California down the eastern Pacific along the coasts of Central and South America.

They sometimes show up along the west coast of the United States and on rare occasions at inland lakes in California and Arizona.

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