Saturday 24 February 2018

Tropical bird ends up in Cape Cod after being blown off course by Hurricane Jose

Hurricane Jose (right) alongside Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Jose (right) alongside Hurricane Irma

A tropical bird never before seen in the US state of Massachusetts has been rescued from a Cape Cod beach.

It is thought the masked booby was blown off course by Hurricane Jose.

Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Eastham in the northern US state, says the bird was found on Tuesday at a Wellfleet beach.

Wild Care executive director Stephanie Ellis told the Cape Cod Times the bird was thin, weak and experiencing respiratory discomfort likely due to a fungal infection.

Science coordinator Mark Faherty says a masked booby has never before been reported on the state's soil.

He said a charter captain reported seeing one about 100 miles south of Nantucket in 2015.

The seabirds are more common in the Gulf of Mexico.


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