|MARC number||#||Location||County||Arrival date||Departure date||Observers||Report|
|2002-27||Harwich (Sept. 1), Chatham Light area (Sept. 2-3), Hyannis (Sept. 4)||Barnstable||9/1/2002||9/4/2002||T. + M. Gooley, B. Nikula||7|
|2005-21||1||South Beach Island, Chatham||Barnstable||7/22/2005||7/22/2005||G. Hirth, R. Merrill (ph)||10|
|2006-31||1||Tuckernuck Island||Nantucket||10/9/2006||10/9/2006||Veit, Perkins (ph), Sutherland (ph)||12|
Digibin (!!) Magnificent Frigatebird, South Beach, Chatham. 22 July 2005.
Photo by R. Merrill.
This large, elegant and graceful ocean wanderer has been recorded up to 6 times in Massachusetts. Confusion with other frigatebird species is a serious identification challenge, and given the genus’ propensity for great wandering, careful documentation is required to determine the exact species observed. Further adding fuel to the fire is the documented record of a Lesser Frigatebird from Maine.