Definition of rookery
1a : the nests or breeding place of a colony of rooks; also : a colony of rooksb : a breeding ground or haunt especially of gregarious birds or mammals (such as penguins or seals); also : a colony of such birds or mammals
2 : a crowded dilapidated tenement or group of dwellings
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The towering sea cave just north of Florence is home to a Steller sea lion rookery, which generally stays inside the cave in the fall and winter, heading out to the rocky shores outside come spring and summer.
In April, trained volunteers from Audubon and Oakland Zoo began making daily checks of the streets surrounding the rookery.
The bird discovered a tasty treat near a rookery at the Ballard Locks.
In the 1990s, harbor seals began gathering there and creating a rookery.
Mature white sharks prefer the open ocean, or marine mammal rookeries at the Farallon or Channel Islands.
The Arnavons—four forested bumps within the Solomon Islands that support between 300 and 600 nesting females annually and a total nesting population of 2,000 to 4,000—form the largest rookery in the South Pacific.
On one slope was an elephant seal rookery, with 500-pound juveniles lolling on the rocks.
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