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BirdNote: Kittiwake, Kittiwake

Carol Horner

Named for its rhythmic calls, the Black-legged Kittiwake as it is known in North America - it's also known as the Common Kittiwake - is a dapper, oceanic gull.

As described by Roger Tory Peterson, the tips of its pale gray wings "are cut straight across, as if they had been dipped in ink."

Unlike many gulls, kittiwakes spend most of the year at sea and are seldom seen inland. Watch the video, below, of kittiwakes nesting at Shoup Glacier in Alaska.