CONEY ISLAND - A gray-hooded gull, a rare seagull with a distinct gray hood, red eyes and red feet, was spotted in Coney Island, leading many to break out their binoculars and flock to the boardwalk.

The bird's home base, according to officials from Cornell University and the New York City Audubon Society, is in South America, with similar species in Africa.

The last known sighting of this bird was recorded on Dec. 26, 1998 in Florida. The first sighting of the bird in New York was about a week ago. Since then, the bird has been seen multiple times.