DANA POINT, Calif. — Bird enthusiasts flocked to Southern California to get a glimpse of a rare species normally seen on the Galapagos Islands.

The Orange County Register reports the Nazca Booby was spotted Monday in Dana Point.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says the bird breeds primarily on the Galapagos and Malpelo archipelagos, but on occasion can be found offshore from South America and Central America.

The bird was spotted in Newport Beach two weeks ago, then again over the weekend.

Enthusiast Robin Lowe speculates warm weather brought the bird to the area. She says it also could have had something to do with the squid in local waters. The booby likes to feast on squid.

Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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