Included in these seabirds are the gulls, terns, kittiwakes, guillemots, jaegers, skuas, shearwaters, storm-petrels, petrels, puffins, gannet, boobies, razorbill, dovekie, murres, cormorants, auklets, murrelets, albatrosses, fulmar, pelicans, tropicbirds, frigatebirds, noddies, and skimmer. All of these bird species can be seen at one time or another on the oceans and some of these bird species can be found on fresh water.
Most seabirds at one time or another can be seen flying along coastlines or overland, some by choice and others pushed off course by bad weather and strong winds. There are those such as the albatrosses that one might have a better opportunity of seeing from a boat or a ship.
The birds and the bird species identified above are a general summary of the seabirds of North America. There is hybridizing among the species which creates sub-species and these should be identified on an individual basis and there are others that may be vagrants from the surrounding continents.