Birds of Seabrook Island

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  Order Charadriiformes - Plovers, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Auks
   Family Alcidae - Auks, Murres, Puffins, Guillemots

  Charadriiforms are a diverse group of shore and aquatic or wading or terrestrial birds. They include the sandgrouse, shore birds, gulls and terns, and alcids. The majority breed in the Northern Hemisphere.
   The Tree of Life includes shorebirds with the Ciconiiformes.
Auks are divers with palmate feet. They use their wings for power when swimming. They spend most of their time at sea and remain well offshore when not breeding. Their bill is compressed but variously shaped. They are characteristic of Northern seas.
     
     
  Dovekie, Alle alle
 
  Cornell      USGS     Wiki     ToL     EoL
        WINTER - Irregular
            PELAGIC - OFFSHORE
 
   The Dovekie is a very small, thick necked alcid with a large head and a short bill. It looks like a dumpy, diminutive murre - it is black above (including the head) and white below. Dovekies occur in open ocean except when nesting. They are the most numerous seabird in the north Atlantic and most abundant alcid in the world but fewer than 1000 pairs breed in North America. They hide their nests among rocks or in a crevice. They forage up to 60 miles from their breeding colony. They may dive for 20-30 seconds reaching 60 - 80 feet as they search for planktonic crustaceans. They are known in Europe as the Little Auk.   
 
     
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Cape Romain - accidental. Huntington Beach - exceptional January.
   P&G: Erratic winter visitor (locally common in 1932). 29 October - February.
   Avendex: 5 records. 300, Charleston, December 1, 1932.
   Potter: Offshore winter visitors from late October through February. Fairly common some years, unknown others.
  ●  Accidental.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

       
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