Date: 2/1/17 11:10 am From: Ricky Davis (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Manx Shearwater flight off Nags Head
Some may not have heard about this, but this past weekend - especially on Sunday, there was a massive movement of Manx Shearwaters, seen from shore!. During a 3 hour period (9am to Noon), a count of 217 birds was made. Practically all the birds were moving in a southerly direction, observed at distances as far as could be seen with a scope to as close as several hundred yards! Some were observed to stop and join feeding groups of Razorbills, gulls, and loons, but usually resumed their flight in a few minutes. Small numbers were observed in the days preceding and following the Sunday flight also.
Needless to say, after searching for previous Atlantic Coast from-shore sightings, this was unprecedented. If anyone knows of anything remotely like this from States farther north of NC (VA, NJ, MA) please let us know. Also we would like to know if there was any unusual weather, currents, food sources, that might have been a causative agent for this movement so close to shore.