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dovekie:

see aukauk
, common name for a member of the family Alcidae (alcid family), swimming and diving birds of the N Atlantic and Pacific, which includes the guillemots and puffins. Their legs are set far back on their bodies, making them clumsy on land, where they seldom venture except to
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Dovekie

 

(Alle alle also little auk, a bird of the family Alcidae of the order Charadriiformes. It measures approximately 25 cm long and weighs about 150 g. The coloration is black above and white below.

The dovekie is distributed in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean and the western part of the Arctic Ocean and spends most of the year in the ocean. It nests in large colonies along rock coasts in the arctic. In the USSR it nests in Novaia Zemlia, Franz Josef Land, and Severnaia Zemlia. The eggs (usually one, some-times two) are deposited directly on the ground beneath rocks. The bird feeds on small marine invertebrates. It is of local commercial importance for its meat.

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I'm betting those observers hardy enough to buffet the cold and wind are now seeing through their scopes and binoculars huge numbers of gannets, along with a few penguin-like puffins, murres, razorbills, dovekies and guillemots.
Audubon Fall Pelagic Trip, aboard the MV/Granite State with leader Steve Mirick, search the length of Jeffrey's Ledge 20 miles offshore for gannets, puffins, petrels, shearwaters, skuas, dovekies, murres and razorbills, as well as whales and dolphins.
At 0930 hrs (NST) after ~2 hrs of continued observation of seabirds passing close to land, consisting of large numbers of Dovekies (Alle alle) and smaller numbers of Common and Thick-billed (U.
Rarely seen, penguin-like murres, razorbills, puffins, dovekies and diving gannets will all make their appearance, most flying back out to sea right after the storm ends.