One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for black guillemot
- ‘I had the delightful privilege at lunchtime to watch the most charming little birdies on the sea - black guillemots or tysties.’
- ‘One of the advantages of fishing close to the nest location is that tysties can afford to have two eggs.’
- ‘As well as many types of gull you will see eider ducks, mergansers, black guillemots (known as tysties in Orkney) shags and cormorants.’
- ‘But what I did get was a superb sighting of four tysties, sitting on a ledge just a few yards away from me.’
- ‘Scapa Beach has been particularly badly affected, with over 200 guillemots found as well as puffins, razorbills and tysties.’
- ‘Walk along the edge opposite the stacks, looking for shags, tysties, eider ducks, grey seals.’
- ‘Male and female tysties look alike throughout the year.’
Late 18th century: of Norse origin.
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