Manx Shearwater Seasonal Occurrence & Geographic Distribution

*Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus

Lower Coast Status: Accidental in fall; two records from the Lower Coast, 13 September 2002 and 10 October 2015.

TX Status: Very Rare. There are nine documented records for the state, all of which involve individuals discovered on the central or lower coast.

Habitat: pelagic waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Manx Shearwater prefers colder water than Audubon’s.

Similar Species: See Audubon’s Shearwater

*Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation.            © Copyright  Brad McKinney  31 October 31, 2004 (updated Sep 2009)

SEASONAL OCCURRENCE GRAPH OF MANX SHEARWATER

The graph below shows the number and date of all Manx Shearwater sightings on all Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2015:

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MANX SHEARWATER – TEXAS PELAGICS SIGHTINGS DISTRIBUTION:

This map shows the geographic distribution of 2 Manx Shearwater sightings on Texas Pelagics (red stars) both from South Padre Island. 

One Manx Shearwater sightings occurred at the jetties of South Padre Island. A second sighting was on the outer shelf, but closer to shore than Audubon’s Shearwaters occur. 


View Rare Seabirds Distribution in a larger map

Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.

Click on each sighting symbol and the data label will appear showing the time, date and the number of birds seen.

Click on the link on the bottom of the map to view a larger map.

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MANX SHEARWATER PHOTOS of October 10, 2015 record on TEXAS PELAGIC;

Brad McKinney and Erik Bruhnke captured some great photos of this Manx Shearwater. With their permission I’ve copied them from Facebook and are presenting them again below where they can be easily accessed for future reference. (Past posts on Facebook can be difficult to find.)

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Photo 12; Date: 20151010;  The Manx was our pot-o-gold at the end of the rainbow!
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