The dovekie, or black guillemot (Uria grylle), breeds in great numbers in the Orkney islands.
A dovekie, in its white winter plumage, and two seals have been seen lately.
The dovekie is sometimes called a little auk to distinguish it from the larger species of the family.
This little bird belongs to the family of auks and puffins, the guillemots and the dovekie.
Though the wings of the dovekie are small in proportion to the size of its body it flies well and rapidly.
The dovekie builds a simple nest usually in the crevices of rocky cliffs bordering the sea coast.