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BirdNote: Crested Auklets Winter In The Bering Sea

Ryan P. O'Donnell

The Bering Sea in winter, framed as it is by Alaska and Siberia, is frigid, stormy, and dark. But remarkably, some birds seem right at home there.

The Crested Auklet is one such bird. And they have some unique qualities.

Crested Auklets bark like Chihuahuas. Also, these seabirds exude an odor of oranges from a chemical they produce that repels ticks. They nest in immense colonies on Bering Sea islands, and remain nearby through winter, in flocks of many thousands. The auklets present a superb natural spectacle - sight, sound, and smell!