The Backshore Bird Blog

January 1-8 Sightings

Common Eider Pair With a name like Common Eider and the fact that it is one of the most common species found along Peaks Island’s shore one might think that this species is ‘common’ and rather uninteresting. On the contrary, this species is one of the most interesting and dynamic of all. Sometimes they form predictable, large groups – moving methodically among favorite foraging sites, and traveling out to sea for their nightly repose: Common Eider Flock Going Out to Sea Photo © Patty Wainright Other times they are completely unpredictable, both in their the comings and goings, and their flighty and capricious antics. Posturing and displaying males can already be seen – creating great dra

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