Hi NF Birds;
I was recently contacted by Peter Mitchell, a long-time birder from Montreal, who spent the May-September period of 2012 in St. Anthony. While there he made note of a Brown Booby that was in the Northern Peninsula area for several days in mid-July, between the Strait of Belle Isle and off St. Anthony. He saw it from the ferry to Blanc Sablon, and it later appeared on a whale-watching tour boat out of St. Anthony (no proof it is the same bird involved in all the sightings, but seems likely).
He did not know who to contact regarding this sighting (he has no computer and is never on-lone), and eventually contacted me by phone earlier this week (and obviously well after the sighting was over).
The sighting is not a fantasy, and for corroboration one need look no further than the following article and photographs that appeared in "The Northern Pen", on 23 July 2012.
Peter informs me the bird was subsequently found dead, but that the corpse was not preserved. I will try to contact Peter to get more details of the specific dates of the various occurrences.
It is worth noting that New Brunswick had its first ever Brown Booby last May 20 when a bit alighted on a boat off Grand Manan.
White's Lake, Nova Scotia