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  Order Procellariiformes - Tube-nosed Swimmers
   Family Procellariidae - Petrels, Shearwaters, Diving Petrels
  Tube-nosed Swimmers are pelagic seabirds which have their nostrils enclosed in a tube or tubes. Their upper mandible is covered by several scales (forming a "compound rhamphotheca") and their bill has a hooked tip.
   The Encyclopedia of Life includes the petrels in the Ciconiiformes.
Procellariids are pelagic birds of medium size. They have heavy bodies, short tails, and long narrow wings. Their sense of small may aid them in locating food and, perhaps, finding their burrows at night - they nest in colonies and are active mainly at night. They include several groups - fulmars, gadfly petrels, large shearwaters, shearwaters, and the diving-petrels (small with short wings - Southern Hemisphere counterparts of northern auks).
 
Tube-nosed Swimmers on Seabrook
Finding Procellariids
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  Northern Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis 
 
    Cornell     USGS     Wiki     ToL     EoL
        FALL - SPRING - Visitor / Rare - accidental
            PELAGIC (offshore)
 
 
   Northern Fulmars breed in the Arctic and around the British Isles. They nest on sea cliffs or low and flat rocky islands with the nearest breeding populations in Greenland and Newfoundland on our eastern seaboard. They have light and dark adults (color phases or morphs). They are stocky and thick-necked. The bill is short and stout with tubes on the dorsal lateral surface. All have a pale patch on the inner primaries. They winter in the North Atlantic south to the Newfoundland Banks and Georges Bank off Massachusetts with occasional sightings south to South Carolina. Feeding flocks at sea are noisy. Other procellariids tend to be silent at sea.      
Fulmar
     
Northern Fulmar. Eisturmvoge.
Woodcut from Brehms Tierleben, 1892
   NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Huntington Beach - exceptional October.
   P&G: Hypothetical, Reported March 1978, Mt. Pleasant.
   Avendex: 3 coastal records (Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Huntington Beach). November, February-March.
   Potter: Fulmars (mostly light-phase birds) appear to be regular visitors off our coast mostly in the fall and spring and erratically in winter.
  ●    Note its absence from all of our coastal lists except Huntington Beach - it would be accidental if seen on Seabrook.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
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