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Manx Shearwater in Outer Banks NC?

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Got these pics today and I believe it is a Manx Shearwater.  Not sure as I have only seen them one other time.  ID help/confirm would be appreciated.

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This is a sulid based on the shape, long neck, long truangular bill. Based on plumage looks like a young Northern Gannet.

Manx Shearwater is shaped similar to other shearwaters but is small.

PS: The easiest place in the US to see Manx Shearwater from shore is Revere Beach, Massachusetts, in May - near the pink apartments. Extremely reliable.
 

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Thanks AlexHenry.  I am quite familiar with adult Northern Gannet, and knew the color was wrong for that, but am unaware of what a young one looks like.  Now I am going on a search of that.  Bill shape makes more sense as Gannet.  Gannet have been being seen quite regularly here (I just arrived today)

 

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It’s a gannet. Just looked for Manx off Jennette’s Pier on the OBX a few days ago and missed. Good flight of Razorbills though. 

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14 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

This is a sulid based on the shape, long neck, long truangular bill. Based on plumage looks like a young Northern Gannet.

Manx Shearwater is shaped similar to other shearwaters but is small.

PS: The easiest place in the US to see Manx Shearwater from shore is Revere Beach, Massachusetts, in May - near the pink apartments. Extremely reliable.
 

I’ll be there this May looking for them. 

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6 minutes ago, blackburnian said:

I’ll be there this May looking for them. 

eBird bar charts:

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If you go hit Nahant Thicket or Marblehead Neck for songbird migrants!

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