Manx Shearwater

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This species has been recorded at locations shown on this map.

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Date Gridref Site Quantity Recorder Comment
17/08/1957 NR2066 Saligo Bay 0 Walker, A.F.G
17/08/1957 NR0101 From ferry 0 Walker, A.F.G
08/08/1963 NR2370 Sanaigmore 5 Cornelius, L.
15/08/1963 NR2370 Sanaigmore 1 Youngson, P.
05/10/1971 NR4173 Bunnahabhain 1 Local resident captured by boys
28/05/1972 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 4 Harrop, J.M
28/05/1972 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 4 Harrop, J.M. gales
13/07/1972 NR2961 Loch Indaal; Oa area 20 Booth, C.G.
28/04/1973 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 27 Verrall, K.
05/05/1973 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 10 Verrall, K.
09/06/1973 NR0101 From ferry 1000 John, A N of Gigha, frenzied activity above water.
09/06/1973 NR1651 Orsay 60 John, A Heading W in 10 mins.
12/06/1973 NR1651 Orsay 60 John, A. going W in 10 mins.
01/07/1973 NR0101 From ferry 0 Langsbury, G Several on crossing.
19/08/1973 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 17 Verrall, K. 15 to S; 2 to N.
26/08/1973 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 5 Verrall, K. to S.
02/09/1973 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 62 Verrall, K. to S.
09/09/1973 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 34 Verrall, K. to S.
19/05/1974 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 737 Verrall, K. 7am-noon
02/06/1974 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 894 Verrall, K. 07/11/2012
30/06/1974 NR2066 Saligo Bay 8 Payne, K
30/06/1974 NR1851 Cnoc Undail 1 Payne, K Sea watch.
30/06/1974 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 42 Payne, K. 20.30 - 21.15; 16 to S; 26 to N.
30/06/1974 NR2066 Saligo 8 Payne, K.
04/07/1974 NR1553 Rubha na Faing 42 Payne, K
24/08/1974 NR2641 Mull of Oa, RSPB The Oa 25 Barden, P
17/08/1975 NR2066 Saligo Bay 0 Michael
17/08/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Michael Passage SSW.
17/08/1975 NR2063 Machir Bay 0 Michael
17/08/1975 NR1652 Portnahaven 0 Michael Passage NNE.
17/08/1975 NR4370 Sound of Islay 1 Michael
17/08/1975 NR4370 Sound of Islay 1000 Michael In rafts.
20/08/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 62 Allen, M.J, Bently, M & Peters, A
20/08/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 62 Bentley & Peters 50 - 11.00 - 12.00; SSW; 12 - 12.00 - 13.00; SSW
29/08/1975 NR4370 Sound of Islay 1000 Allen, M.J. in rafts.
08/09/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 306 Verrall, K., & Catlin, L. in 4 hrs
10/09/1975 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 319 Verrall, K., & Catlin, L. in 3 hrs
21/03/1976 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Allen, M.J. flying S
02/05/1976 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 607 Verrall, K. to S
21/05/1976 NR2063 Machir Bay 1 Hickling, R.A.O Ring EF87991.
21/05/1976 NR2063 Machir Bay 0 Hickling, R.A.O. Corpse with ring EF87991135 km
08/08/1976 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 921 Verrall, K. to S in 3hrs (SB 10:3)
15/08/1976 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 695 Verrall, K. in 3hrs
18/09/1976 NR4370 Sound of Islay 1 Rooze, P.M
02/10/1976 NR4970 Jura (unspecified location) 2 Walker, A.F.G & Owen, J
02/10/1976 NR44 Islay (south-east): Lagavulin to Kildalton 6 Walker, A.F.G & Owen, J
21/11/1976 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Verrall, K. going S
11/05/1977 NR2066 Saligo Bay 20 Hickling, R.A.O Feeding close inshore.
11/05/1977 NR2066 Saligo 20 Hickling, R.A.O. feeding
25/05/1977 NR3545 Port Ellen 20 Hickling, R.A.O.
25/05/1977 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 20 Hickling, R.A.O Round ferry as entered harbour.
04/06/1977 NR44 Islay (south-east): Lagavulin to Kildalton 2 Elliott, R.E. Off SE shores.
07/06/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 60 Robinson, S.T Count heading N in 15 mins.
07/06/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 60 Robinson, S.T. to S in 15 mins
19/06/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 40 Langsbury, G
02/07/1977 NR0101 From ferry 65 Unknown Between Gigha and Port Ellen.
09/07/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 81 Unknown
24/07/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1700 Verrall, K. .(SB 10:4)
20/08/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Youngman, R.E
23/08/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 Youngman, R.E. N
31/08/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 13 Youngman, R.E
31/08/1977 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 13 Youngman, R.E. S
08/10/1977 NR45 Islay (east): Ardmore to McArthur's Head 1 Elliott, R.E. Just east of Islay
03/11/1977 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 1 Davies, M
30/03/1979 NR3052 Laggan Bay 1 Elliott, R.E. Near aerodrome. Not confirmed manx shearwater.
07/04/1979 NR3545 Port Ellen 2 Walker, A.F.G.
07/04/1979 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 2 Walker, A.F.G
07/06/1979 NR0101 From ferry 0 University of Cambridge, Extra-Mural Studies. Large numbers present on journey both to and from Islay.
22/08/1979 NR1652 Portnahaven 60 Robinson, S.T Counted in 5 mins.
21/10/1979 NR2063 Machir Bay 1 Carr, G
21/10/1979 NR2063 Machir Bay 1 Carr, G. 2 wks dead
31/05/1980 NR0101 From ferry 3 Carr, G Over sea between Tarbert and Islay.
04/06/1980 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 1 Booth, C.G. ring FRD 9653; ringed as pullus 11/07/1980 on Bardsey Island; Aberdaron; Wales
04/06/1980 NR3445 Kilnaughton Bay 1 Booth, C.G. freshly dead; ring FRD 9653; ringed as pullus 11/7/1980 on Bardsey Island; Aberdaron; Wales
28/08/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E. Many to the SE of Frenchman's Rocks.
28/08/1980 NR1755 Lossit Bay 1 Elliott, R.E.
01/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Elliott, R.E. Many to the SE
10/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 376 Unknown Seen during 5 hours of watching.
10/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 376 Verrall, K. to S in 5hrs
16/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 104 Unknown Seen during 3 hours of watching.
16/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 104 Verrall, K. to S in 2.5hrs
17/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 315 Unknown Seen during 3 hour watch.
17/09/1980 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 315 Verrall, K. to S in 3hrs
23/05/1981 NR0101 From ferry 9 Carr, G
06/06/1981 NR0101 From ferry 150 Carr, G
26/08/1981 NR1864 Coul Point 646 Newton, S.F Max. count in 2 hours.
26/08/1981 NR1864 Coul Point 646 Newton, S. S in 2hrs
16/04/1982 NR3943 Texa 12 Carlisle RSPB Visit 12- 15 off Texa.
18/04/1982 NR3845 Laphroaig 12 Carlisle RSPB
04/09/1982 NR0101 From ferry 0 Smith, M Large rafts between Gigha and the Sound of Islay.
04/09/1982 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Smith, M Small passage through.
11/05/1984 NR1553 Rubha na Faing 19 K.N.
26/06/1985 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 4 Carter, N
24/08/1985 NR4370 Sound of Islay 0 Edensor, T
06/09/1985 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 4 Elliott, R.E. To N.
04/05/1986 NR1651 Orsay 1 Dawson, J & Still, L South point.
04/05/1986 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 12 Palk, R.H
25/05/1986 NR4553 Trudernish Point 1 Liford, R.G
10/08/1986 NR0101 From ferry, Port Ellen to Kennacraig 10 Coleman, A.E
06/09/1986 NR1864 Coul Point 1 Elliott, R.E. To S.
13/04/1987 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 5 Walker, A.F.G
25/04/1987 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 Murray, A.A
20/09/1987 NR4370 Sound of Islay 1 Taylor
14/11/1987 NR0101 From ferry, Port Askaig to Kennacraig 1 Rhodes, G.H
01/05/1993 NR0101 Ferry crossing 2 Bennion, J.
31/07/1993 NR2066 Saligo 826 Welch, S. NW7 08.30-09.00hrs. > S, slowed to a trickle by lunchtime, none from 17.00-17.30hrs.
01/08/1993 NR2066 Saligo 8 Welch, S. 08.45-09.00hrs. >S
03/08/1993 NR2066 Saligo 464 Welch, S. NW5 - driving rain-count done in 5min. increments due to visibility thro' specs!
16/08/1993 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 40 Craddock, P. & S. passed in an hour at noon
28/08/1993 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. two and half hrs. Seawatch - Mediterranean sp.
28/08/1993 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 8 Williams, S.
13/03/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; 1st of yr
22/03/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
24/03/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
01/05/1994 NR0101 Ferry crossing 30 Johnson, C. A few singles & a party of at least 30 close to Islay
17/08/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. 2-3 centre 1aries white
20/08/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. 1 inner 1ary white
04/09/1994 NR1864 Coul Point 100 Walker, D. Seawatch 1500-1800
08/09/1994 NR1864 Coul Point 100 Walker, D. Seawatch evening
10/09/1994 NR1864 Coul Point 500 Walker, D. Seawatch 0700-1600
11/09/1994 NR1864 Coul Point 100 Walker, D. Seawatch 1500-1800
06/10/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
07/10/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 9 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
08/10/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
23/10/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
28/10/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
31/10/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
01/11/1994 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; last of yr
06/04/1995 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; 1st local
09/09/1995 NR0101 Ferry crossing 50 Hesp, L. Very calm sea, most birds sat in rafts, taking off as ferry approached.
23/09/1995 NR0101 Ferry crossing 20 Hesp, L.
01/10/1995 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 31 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; v high total for Oct
05/10/1995 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 35 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; v high total for Oct
07/10/1995 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 21 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; v high total for Oct
15/10/1995 NR3545 Port Ellen 1 Phillips, M. Just outside bay
11/06/1996 NR4370 Sound of Islay 180 Gordon, J.
27/10/1996 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 Cronin, C. with SBRC
06/11/1996 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; last of yr
10/02/1997 NR4369 Port Askaig 1 Duncan, J.C. >N
26/02/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 ap Rheinallt, T. 2>S 1>N (poss only 2 total)
30/03/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
31/03/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S
07/06/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 5 Bradbury, P.N.
23/06/1997 NR3147 Kintra 9 Hutcheson, M.
20/08/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 110 Rae, S.
23/08/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 150 Rae, S.
23/08/1997 NR0101 Ferry crossing 10 Rae, S.
26/08/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 600 Robinson, P. >S 0600-0915
30/08/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 4000 Robinson, P. Estimated in one hour
30/08/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 4000 Robinson, P. Between 0730 & 0830, 6500 betw.0615-0915
24/10/1997 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Edinburgh YOC
22/04/1998 NR1852 Wester Ellister 2 Cook, A. Close in off Port Elister heading north.
28/05/1998 NR1852 Wester Ellister 1 McKay, C.R.
05/07/1998 NR2961 Loch Indaal (unspecified) 1 Holding, D.J. & A.E. Flying south.
25/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 226 Robinson, P. 213S 13N in 3 hrs
25/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 226 Robinson, P. 213 south, 13 north.
27/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 95 Robinson, P. 93S 2N in 2.5 hrs
27/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 95 Robinson, P. 93 south, 2 north.
30/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 179 Robinson, P. 174S 5N in 2 hrs
30/08/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 179 Robinson, P. 174 south, 5 north.
02/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1544 Robinson, P. 1542 south, 2 north.
03/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 522 Robinson, P. South.
03/09/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 522 Robinson, P. S in 2 hrs
18/09/1998 NR0101 Ferry crossing 50 Gibson, S. Off Gigha heading towards Kennacraig.
11/10/1998 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 McKay, C.R. >SW in 2 hrs
23/10/1998 NR4370 Sound of Islay 2 Stephens, M. N. of sound of Islay.
05/11/1998 NR1652 Portnahaven 1 Travis, C. Flying south.
06/05/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 20 Shakespeare, A.W. Flying past in 1 hr, 16.00-17.00
21/05/1999 NR2053 Easter Ellister 116 Whitehouse, A. Flying S in 1.5 hrs offshore
04/06/1999 NR2053 Easter Ellister 50 Whitehouse, A. Offshore
16/06/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 110 Whitehouse, A.
19/06/1999 NR2053 Easter Ellister 320 Whitehouse, A. S in 1.5 hrs
20/06/1999 NR2370 Sanaigmore 50 McKay, C.R.
14/07/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 328 Whitehouse, A. 320>S 8>N in 1.5 hrs
20/07/1999 NR2053 Easter Ellister 100 Whitehouse, A. >S in 2 hrs
21/07/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 880 Whitehouse, A. S in 2 hrs
25/07/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1642 Whitehouse, A. S in 1.5 hrs
13/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 12500 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; est. total in 2.5 hr
14/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6000 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; est. total in 3 hr
15/08/1999 NR2370 Sanaigmore 50 McKay, C.R.
16/08/1999 NR2053 Easter Ellister 300 Whitehouse, A. >S in 20 mins
24/08/1999 NR1652 Mackenzie Island 1000 Whitehouse, A. Feeding offshore
25/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6000 Robinson, P. >S in 1.5 hrs
26/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 363 Robinson, P. >S in 1 hr
28/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6000 Robinson, P. >S in 2 hrs
29/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 147 Robinson, P. >S in 0.5 hr
31/08/1999 NR2053 Easter Ellister 100 Whitehouse, A. Feeding offshore
31/08/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Whitehouse, A. Summary for month: 5879 in 9.25 hrs, mean hrly rate 635.6, max 1977>S in 1 hr on 4th
01/09/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 146 Robinson, P. >S in 1 hr
01/09/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Whitehouse, A. Monthly summary: 1177 in 4 hrs mean hourly rate 294.25, max 720 in 2 hrs on 7th
02/09/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1942 Robinson, P. >S in 0.75 hr
01/10/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 0 Whitehouse, A. Monthly summary: 32 in 12.75 hrs. Mean hourly rate 2.5; max 20 in 3 hrs on 1st
02/11/1999 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Whitehouse, A. >S
19/04/2000 NR2053 Easter Ellister 1 Whitehouse, A. >N
23/04/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 7 Whitehouse, A. >N (seen over 30 mins.)
13/05/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 20 Whitehouse, A.
07/06/2000 NR2060 Kilchiaran Farm 200 Whitehouse, A. >s, over half hour
16/06/2000 NR2558 Port Charlotte, Loch Indaal 2 Whitehouse, A.
05/08/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; Balearic
07/08/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; Balearic
07/08/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3000 ap Rheinallt, T. >S per hour for 4 hr
21/08/2000 NR2558 Port Charlotte 28 Whitehouse, A.
23/08/2000 NR2558 Port Charlotte 30 Whitehouse, A.
28/08/2000 NR0101 Ferry crossing 350 Roper, S.
28/08/2000 NR2558 Port Charlotte 2 Whitehouse, A.
30/08/2000 NR2558 Port Charlotte 43 Whitehouse, A.
06/09/2000 NR2974 Ardnave Point 2000 ap Rheinallt, T. >W in 1 hr
09/09/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 120 Dickson, J. In 1 hour
14/09/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; Balearic
23/10/2000 NR2873 Ardnave (unspecified) 2 Carr, G.
24/10/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; late record
25/10/2000 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. >S; late record
29/12/2000 NR1651 Port Wemyss 1 Richards, B.
12/08/2001 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 5000 ap Rheinallt, T. Estimated total >S in 2.75 hrs
18/08/2001 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 7500 ap Rheinallt, T. Estimated total >S in 2.5 hrs
25/08/2001 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 ap Rheinallt, T. Normal plumage except for completely white head
02/09/2001 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 20000 ap Rheinallt, T. >S in 4.5 hrs, then v few in remaining 2.5 hrs
14/04/2002 NR3645 Port Ellen Bay 40 ap Rheinallt, T. Off Pt Ellen from ferry
02/05/2002 NR0101 Ferry crossing 1 Ellisdon, D. 20 mins out from Port Ellen
28/07/2002 NR2163 Kilchoman 25 Spray, C., & Chisholm, H. Feeding flock offshore
13/08/2002 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6000 ap Rheinallt, T. Estimated >S in 3 hours
29/08/2002 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 6000 ap Rheinallt, T. Estimated >S in 5 hrs
31/08/2002 NR2974 Ardnave Point 2000 ap Rheinallt, T. Estimated >W in 3 hrs
04/05/2004 NR0101 From ferry 1 Calle Ljungberg Kennacraig to Port Askaig
06/05/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 3 Calle Ljungberg
11/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 220 C R McKay S in 2 h
12/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 224 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt S in 1 h sample count.
14/09/2004 NR2972 Tayovullin, Loch Gruinart 1 C R McKay
15/09/2004 NR2974 Ardnave Point 212 C R McKay >W in 2h
20/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 2584 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt >S in 6h. Calculated from 5 minute sample counts every 15 mins.
21/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 760 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt 7h seawatch totals calculated from 15 minute sample counts made each hour
22/09/2004 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 64 C R McKay, T ap Rheinallt 2h seawatch totals calculated from 15 min sample counts made at 30 min past the hour.
17/10/2004 NR2661 Bruichladdich, Loch Indaal 1 Peter Swallow (BT)
24/10/2004 NR2863 Traigh an Luig, Loch Indaal 1 Julie Hogg (BT) flying over Loch Indaal towards Bridgend in wet windy weather
03/05/2005 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 1 McKay, C Moving N in 1.5 hours of watching.
08/05/2005 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 50 Mearns, R & B Passing during an untimed count.
16/05/2006 NR4653 Claggain Bay 2 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
29/05/2008 NR277726 Ardnave 9 How
16/09/2009 NR277726 Ardnave 8 Fotheringham
08/05/2010 NR0101 Ferry 1 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
26/06/2010 NR3060 Islay (unspecified location) 1 Cheesley, P & H
21/08/2010 NR0101 From ferry 100 Featherstone, M
17/10/2010 NR165529 Port a Reidhleinn 2 Greenwood, A & Ashall, J
04/06/2011 NR0101 From ferry - Kennacraig to Port Askaig 1 Mark & Sally Johnson
12/09/2011 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 442 Peter Roberts
13/09/2011 NR1553 Frenchman's Rocks 544 Peter Roberts