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Auks, Petrels, Shearwaters and Gannets

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Group: 
Birds

These are species that in Dorset we usually only see out at sea although the Fulmar nests on the cliffs.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialis
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A quite common, although not numerous, sea bird along the Dorset coast and regularly breeds on the cliffs.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Sooty Shearwater

Puffinus gruseus
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An Arctic breeding species occasionally seen off of the Dorset coast.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Corys Shearwater

Calonectris diomedea
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Seen in the Channel Islands but rarely as far north as Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Great Shearwater

Puffinus gravis
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Most frequently seen off Britain's Atlantic coast and seldom as far east as Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Brett Spencer

Manx Shearwater

Puffinus puffinus
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Seen at sea as a passage migrant


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Balearic Shearwater

Puffinus maurretanicus
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A species from the coasts of Europe but sometimes seen at sea off of Dorset shores.


 

 

Photo by:
Dominic Couzens

Storm Petrel

Hydrobates pelagicus
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A species of the western coast of Britain that occasionally comes up the Channel to the Dorset coast.


 

 

Photo by:
Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group

Leachs Petrel

Oceanodroma leucorhoa
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Nesting on remote Scottish islands the Leach's petrel can be seen from time to time off the Dorset coast in winter.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Gannet

Morus bassanus
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Sea going bird seen only off shore from the Dorset coast.


 

 

Photo by:
Hamish Murray

Guillemot

Uria aalge
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A sea bird that nests on ledges on the limestone cliffs of Purbeck and Portland


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Razorbill

Alca torda
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A member of the auk family that can be found in small numbers amongst the guillemots on the Dorset coast in summer.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Little Auk

Alle alle
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A  winter species in northern Britain and only rarely ventures this far south.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Puffin

Fratercula arctica
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Sadly very few pairs, if any, now breed along the Dorset coast but they are occasionally seen.


 

 

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