The great thing about the Booby is that she really left - not just disappeared. And not only did she leave on her own accord (I guess the channel marker got slippery with all of that snow and frost on it), but she flew past the tour boat that has been taking hundreds of people out to see her for the past few months on her way out of the sound and gave everyone one last view on her way to open ocean. A fitting ending to a terrific few months. Check out the post on NJBirds for more details about the departure written by Sam Galick.
As a recap, here is my best photo of the bird taken from our whale watching trip in August and the link to my blog post from that day cleverly entitled "Now, About that Booby . . . "
Our Southern Friend for the Summer - Female Brown Booby
Now onto winter birds and hopefully a replacement rarity. Maybe another Ivory Gull? Who knows, but that is what keeps us interested until spring!