Wilson’s Storm-Petrel – Seasonal Occurrence

*Wilson’s Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus):

Status: Offshore Louisiana Fairly Common off the Mississippi Delta May to August.

Texas Status: One bird photographed off Port O’Connor on June 11, 2015 by Petra Hockey. Previously on the Hypothetical list for Texas. Eight other previous sight records were undocumented. 

Link to page with photos of Petra Hockey’s Wilson’s Storm-Petrel.

Habitat: Widespread in the world’s oceans. Some authorities consider it the world’s most abundant seabird.  Certainly, it is the most abundant pelagic bird in the north Atlantic for much of the warmer months (Apr into Oct), even though it nests at islands in the far southern oceans. 

SEASONAL OCCURANCE GRAPH OF WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS:

The graph below shows the number and date of all Wilson’s Storm-Petrel sightings offshore Texas. Not seen yet on a Texas Pelagic trip.

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WILSON’S STORM-PETREL – TEXAS PELAGICS SIGHTINGS DISTRIBUTION:

This map shows the geographic location of 1 Wilson’s Storm-Petrel sightings (blue star) on Petra’s fishing trip from Port O’Connor.

The one record of the Wilson’s Storm-Petrel was from the middle shelf.

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.
WILSON’S STORM-PETREL PHOTOS from CAPE HATTERAS by Brad McKinney;

20150524-083151-Brad McKinney - WISP CH2015
Photo 1; Date-Time: 20150524-083151

20150524-083152-Brad McKinney - WISP3 CH2015
Photo 2; Date-Time: 20150524-083152

20150524-094830-Brad McKinney - WISP5 CH2015
Photo 3; Date-Time: 20150524-094830

20150524-082723-Brad McKinney - WISP2 CH2015
Photo 4; Date-Time: 20150524-082723

20150524-100451-Brad McKinney - WISP6 CH2015
Photo 5; Date-Time: 20150524-100451

20150524-100453-Brad McKinney - WISP7 CH2015
Photo 6; Date-Time: 20150524-100453

20150524-100454-Brad McKinney - WISP8 CH2015
Photo 7; Date-Time: 20150524-100454

20150524-094707-Brad McKinney - WISP11 CH2015
Photo 8; Date-Time: 20150524-094707

20150524-082736-Brad McKinney - WISP9 CH2015
Photo 9; Date-Time: 20150524-082736

20150524-082959-Brad McKinney - WISP10 CH2015
Photo 10; Date-Time: 20150524-082959

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