WINTER storms have created an amazing “wreck” of one of the world’s smallest seabirds.
PUBLISHED: 13:01, Fri, Jan 8, 2016
More than 100 little auks have been blown ashore by high winds and rough waters over the past few days and are now being nursed back to health before they can be released.
The auks, about the same size as a starling, have been turning up in gardens and vegetable patches when they should be feeding on plankton well out in the North Sea, leading to a surge of calls to an animal welfare charity.
There have also been reports of thousands of little auks passing by coastal headlands and piers as they head towards shore looking for shelter from the gales.