“Overpowered by the blustery storm, a handful of small seafaring birds called dovekies were blown ashore along the Cape, wildlife officials said. Concerned residents found the black and white animals exhausted, cold, and hungry and brought them to local animal care centers to recover.[…]
“Stranded dovekies are a fairly common storm-related phenomenon on the Cape, [Theresa] Barbo [director of the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable] said.
“The birds, which resemble baby penguins and have a wingspan of about a foot, spend about 11 months of the year at sea, only coming on land to nest, she said.
“Dovekies are excellent swimmers, she said, but for all their grace in the water, they are fairly clumsy on land, making it difficult for the birds once they are blown inland.”