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Take your pick: Roast turkey with all the trimmings in the UK, above, or the rather less appealing prospect of 'preserved' little auk in Greenland - its amazing how different a traditional Christmas dinner around the world can be
Large numbers of the birds were seen at Saltburn, but further north on the Farne Islands records were broken when 28,000 little auks were recorded.
The first record was set last Thursday when 18,000 Little Auks - a small seabird - were recorded around the Farnes, easily beating the UK's previous best sighting of 11,000 recorded at Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire coast in January 1995.
But I want old stories to be true/what price lives of lemmings/great auks, dodos, first-born of Egypt/against the death of a legend.
The largest-known nesting colony of Great Auks, however, was found on Funk Island (historically known as Penguin Island), located off the coast of Newfoundland; in 1841, the last of Funk Island's auks was killed.
Now we learn that Great Auks, the marauding Shetland bonxies, which used to feed on fish discarded at sea, are feeding instead on young puffins and guillemots because, with the shrinking of the fleet, there are so few discards any more.
Ellis presents sea creatures that either are extinct or are seriously threatened, including whales, great auks, cod, and coral.
The islands are internationally renowned for their bird life with large colonies of kittiwakes, razorbills, auks and puffins.
In this final contribution on the identification of the birds painted in the Palaeolithic Grotte Cosquer as Great Auks, it is noticed that the birds need to be seen within a Palaeolithic hunter-gatherer's view of the world, which is not the same as that of a modern natural historian or taxonomist.
Totally unwary, the great auks dumbly stood their ground and let Cartier's crew club them to death.
Holyhead harbour and Point Lynas are other places to see this scarcest of Welsh breeding auks.
GALE force winds have blown thousands of Little Auks on to the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast.
SEVERAL Little Auks - miniature relatives of the Puffin - have been spotted around the coast after dispersing southwards from their colonies on high Arctic islands.
A less gladiatorial interpretation of this scene is that P1 and P2 are swimming underwater -- as Great Auks were supremely adapted to do -- and that P3 is merely swimming on the surface.