EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A tropical bird never before seen in Massachusetts has been rescued from a Cape Cod beach after it was likely blown off course by Hurricane Jose.

Wild Care, a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Eastham, says the masked booby was found Tuesday at a Wellfleet beach.

Wild Care Executive Director Stephanie Ellis tells the Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/2xAINDN ) the bird was thin, weak and experiencing respiratory discomfort likely due to a fungal infection.

bird Bird Blown Off Course By Hurricane Jose Never Seen Before In Mass.

The rescued masked booby found at a Wellfleet beach September 26. (Photo credit: Wild Care Cape Cod – Facebook)

Massachusetts Audubon science coordinator Mark Faherty says a masked booby has never before been reported on the state’s soil.

He says a charter captain reported seeing one about 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Nantucket in 2015.

The seabirds are more common in the Gulf of Mexico.

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