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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Northern Eider

Hebrides bird sightings - Northern Eider
Bill much more orange-yellow than the Common Eider's
(which has greenish bill)

Northern Eider

(Boreal Eider, North Atlantic Eider, Northern Common Eider)

Somateria mollissima borealis, Nearctic race borealis


Photograph © Andy Robinson
Riof - Uig - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
March 2006

 

Our Eider photographs:

Eider
Eider
Northern eider
Eider
group

Eider
pair

 

  • Northern Eider (Boreal Eider, North Atlantic Eider, Northern Common Eider)
  • Somateria mollissima borealis, Nearctic race borealis
  • UK: Vagrant/Accidental, BBRC No records 1950 -2006
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records)
  • Range: Greenland, US West Coast , Baffin Island, Northern Labrador, Hudson Bay
  • Bill much more orange-yellow than the Common Eider's (which has greenish bill). Breast paler-buff and brighter. Females brighter bills than Common Eider and plumage rich reddish..
  • Similar birds Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck , Shelduck,

 

 

Northern Eider in the Western Isles

Very rare visitor (five or less records)

 

(It is not yet on the Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Male and female ducks and their collective nouns

Some people use the word duck only for an adult female and drake for an adult male whilst others say hen and drake.

Waterfowl collective nouns (From WIKI):
waterfowl (on water) A raft
waterfowl A bunch of waterfowl
waterfowl (less than 30) A knob
ducks, swimming A paddling of ducks
waterfowl A plump
ducks, idle in water A raft of ducks
ducks, diving A dopping of ducks
ducks, on ground A badelynge of ducks
ducks, flying A flight, plump, or team of ducks
ducks A brace, bunch, flock, skein, sord, string, brace, flush

 

 

Other local bird photographs

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