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sea bird


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sea bird a bird that frequents coastal waters and the open ocean: gulls; pelicans; gannets; cormorants; albatrosses; petrels; etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 100,000 birds and sea animals are killed every year due to plastic garbage
    • Sea bird (Zoöl) Any swimming bird frequenting the sea; a sea fowl.
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In literature:

And a pinnace, like a fluttered bird, came flying from far away: 'Spanish ships of war at sea!
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
So they catch sea birds that way?
"Golden Stories" by Various
How still she lay, the beauty, still as a bird, poising on the sea.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
When ocean birds flock on shore, a tempest is brewing on the sea.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
As he did so, the bird spread its wings and flew swiftly out across the sea in the direction of Japan.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
She remembered now that he had talked about sea birds' eggs and how to get them.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
She watched a bird pass towards the sea.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Mingled with these noises came the screams and cries of scores of sea-birds, wheeling and darting about.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
There is a noise as of a million birds, fluttering their wings above the sea.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
I skipped over water, I danced over sea, And all the birds in the air couldn't catch me.
"The Little Mother Goose" by Anonymous
I have often mistaken it for some floating sea bird of an unknown species.
"Edward FitzGerald and "Posh" "Herring Merchants"" by James Blyth
Some said these birds made nests which floated on the sea.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
The male birds come in from sea in the month of September, and prepare the burrows for the reception of the hens.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
We are twenty miles from the sea, and almost as many from a great river, and therefore see but little of sea birds.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
Also, it may be well thus to distinguish it from birds of the sea-shore.
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
This was the arrival of great numbers of sea-birds.
"Fighting the Whales" by R. M. Ballantyne
Now it was a whale, then a shoal of fish of some kind, and sea-birds floating here and there.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
The rest were nought but cruel spires, on which no foot but that of sea-birds could go.
"Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Now, how does a sea-bird contrive to remain so long on the water?
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
It was Mr Markham, the second mate, who first saw the great bird looming in the distance, as it sailed over the sea towards them.
"The Red Eric" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

It hither steers!……..No….beating breast,
Too well I see what bade thee glow;
The sea-bird hastening to its nest,
To taste a joy I ne'er shall know.
"The Lucayan's Song" by Amelia Opie
Unless you come while still the world is green,
A place of birds and the blue dreaming sea,
In vain has all the singing summer been,
Unless you come, and share it all with me.
"Invitation" by Richard Le Gallienne
Thy father's boat, I see its swaying shroud
Like a white sea-gull, swinging to and fro
Against the ledges of a crimson cloud,
A tiny bird with flutt'ring wing of snow.
Oh, baby, sleep, my baby, sleep.
"The Fisher's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Sad eyes! the blue sea laughs, as heretofore.
Ah, singing birds your happy music pour!
Ah, poets, leave the sordid earth awhile;
Flit to these ancient gods we still adore:
"It may be we shall touch the happy isle!"
"Ballade Of The Voyage To Cythera" by Andrew Lang
Dark was the dawn, and o'er the deep
The boist'rous whirlwinds blew;
The Sea-bird wheel'd its circling sweep,
And all was drear to view—
When on the beach that binds the western shore
The love-lorn ZELMA stood, list'ning the tempest's roar.
"The Negro Girl" by Mary Darby Robinson
'Tis light to love thee living, girl, when hope is full and fair,
In the springtide of thy beauty, when there is no sorrow there--
No sorrow on thy brow, and no shadow on thy heart!
When, like a floating sea-bird, bright and beautiful thou art!
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart

In news:

If you were to travel to the northern coastal regions, you might see the guillemot, a small sea bird that lives on the rocky arctic cliffs.
This Week's Creature Feature Blue-Water Boaters Sought for Sea Bird Count.
Oregon town cancels fireworks to spare sea birds.
Town officials in Depoe Bay, Ore. Have reportedly announced the cancellation of the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show on July 3 following pressure from federal wildlife managers who said the noise disrupts sea birds in the area.
CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on how birds and other sea life drenched in oil are being cared for.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — I trailed my fingers in the water as the Zodiac pulled away from the Sea Bird and headed for the forest, a dark line on the shore.
As if on cue, a sea lion surfaced below the dam, feasting on a fish as birds circled overheard.
There's something cool besides the weather at American Camp: bold and exotic looking bird species are flocking by air and by sea.
Take a look at some amazing images of sea birds.
We need your help fighting the latest attack that threatens birds, sea turtles, and pedestrians at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.
Put everyones favorite sea bird on your desktop.
Plastic bag s not only end up as litter, but they also kill birds and sea creatures, compromising our already fragile ecosystems.
But another Hawaiian bird lives most of its life at sea.
A large, bronze sea gull sculpture donated to the city's permanent art collection is still looking for a home after the council denied a new plan for the bird.
On Aug 26, 1973, with the headline " Sea Gull Becomes Downtown Jailbird," The Dispatch reported that a bird had been weaving in and out of traffic on the East Freeway (I-70) and was picked up and taken downtown to police headquarters.

In science:

And God said: “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics