An occasional winter visitor.
The Little Auk is the smallest in size of the cliff birds, and does not belong to our coasts, to which it is only a visitor in the winter, in very limited numbers, from Polar Seas, where it resides in immense multitudes. It is not unfrequently picked up dead upon the shore, or at some distance inland, after rough weather. Sir Hugh Owen shot a Little Auk in Goodwick Bay in 1880, where he has often seen it, and describes it as having a very musical loud whistle, and as being always tame. He has also seen it and heard its whistling note in early autumn. It is included by Mr. Mathias in his list.