Still more common than the glaucous gull in the lands of the High North is kryckian, the kittiwake.
Among the birds of the north the kittiwake is the best builder; for its nest is walled with straw and mud, and is very firm.
The nest of the kittiwake is situated on ledges of maritime cliffs round our coast, and at the Farne Islands.
Near the sea the list is augmented by the marsh bunting, the curlew, and gulls of different kinds, including the kittiwake.
The young of the kittiwake, previous to its first moult, is sometimes called the Tarrock.
The kittiwake is perhaps more exclusively a fish-feeder than any other British Gull.
This kittiwake is very much like the former, excepting that the legs are bright red, the mantle is darker and the bill shorter.
The kittiwake Gull takes its name from the cry with which in the breeding season it assails any intruder on its domain.
The kittiwake is sixteen inches in length, has a pearly gray mantle, black tips to the primaries, and remainder of plumage white.
Tarrock, tar′ok, n. the young of the kittiwake: the tern: guillemot.