In addition to those birds that breed on the Island, several other species are regular visitors and can be seen on the Island in small numbers each year. These are species of migratory shorebirds that breed in the northern hemisphere around the Arctic Circle and Alaska, and then spend their winter in the southern hemisphere on areas of shoreline on continents and islands. They include the Eastern Golden plover, Whimbrel, Ruddy turnstones, Bar-tailed godwit, Red-necked stint, Wandering and Grey-tailed tattler. A regular winter visitor is the Double banded plover from New Zealand.
Additionally, in autumn and winter months a number of albatross species move north into waters around Lord Howe Island, and these area seen when out on fishing trips, or special seabird pelagic cruises from the Island.