Hypothetical Seabirds for the Gulf of Mexico or Texas

This table lists all the seabirds never seen in Texas but that have been found in the Gulf of Mexico or in the Atlantic offshore from the Southeast United States from Florida north to North Carolina. It just might be worthwhile to be aware that these pelagic seabirds could potentially show up someday in the Gulf of Mexico, or if they are already documented in the Gulf of Mexico they could potentially show up in Texas. It is important to remember that the South Polar Skua found on the October 2004 Texas Pelagic was the first documented record for the Gulf of Mexico.

   (Hypothetical for Texas)    ABA CODE GULF OF MEXICO & / or SE US ATLANTIC COAST STATES STATUS
 1  Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys 5  NC: Accidental 2 records off N. Carolina
 2   Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 1  NC: Fairly common in early Spring and Uncommon in late Fall off NC
 3   Trindade Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana 3  NC: Rare visitor late May to Late Sept in Gulf Stream off NC
 4   Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow 3  NC: Rare – very rare (25+ recs) in late Spring and Summer off Outer Banks
 5   Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae 3  NC: Rare visitor off NC in late May & early June
 6   Zino’s Petrel Pterodroma madeira 5  NC: One record for N. Am, 16 Sept 1995 off Cape Hatteras; Possibly casual in Fall on East Coast
  7    Bulwer’s Petrel Bulweria bulwerii 5  NC: Accidental off Outer Banks, NC July + Aug
 8   Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris edwardsii 5  NC: Accidental one record 15 Aug 2004 off Hatteras; MD 1 record? 21 Oct 2006
 9    Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris 2  FL: Accidental; One Florida Gulf Record
 10    Barolo Shearwater Puffinus assimilis 5  EC: Accidental NC sight records (?), NS, MA, SC
11   White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina 3  EC: Rare off Atlantic Coast from NC to MA in Late summer
 12    European Storm-Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 4  NC: More than 12 photo records off Outer Banks in late spring
 13    Black-bellied Storm-Petrel Fregetta tropica 5  NC: Accidental 4 records; 31 May 2004; 16 Jul 2006; 23 Jun 2007; 14 Aug 2010
14   Swinhoe’s Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis 5  NC: Accidental 2 records; off Outer Banks, NC; 8 Aug 1998;6 Jun 2009
 15    White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus 3  FL: Rare but regular Mar-Nov at Dry Tortugas
 16    Great Skua Stercorarius skua 3  NC: Rare to UC but regular Jan to mid-March
17   Dovekie Alle alle
2  FL: Occasional Nov-Dec
 18    Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia 1  FL: Accidental Nov-Dec
 19    Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle 1  NC: Accidental winter visitor to the coast, 2 accepted records
 20    Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix  NC: Accidental visitor; two records 15 Dec 2002; 29 Apr 2011
 21    Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus  FL: Accidental 3 records as of 1995; 16 Mar 1994, Dec
22   Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus 2  FL: Accidental; one record Ponce inlet, 15 Dec 2009
 23    Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica 1  FL: Accidental; 4 records for FL; Dec – Feb

NC: North Carolina status in blue are links to detailed descriptions of that species status in North Carolina.


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