Latest Eider Stories

2008-08-02 15:00:16

ROUND POND - The Little Brown Church in Round Pond will welcome Brunswick songwriter Jud Caswell at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6. A frequent performer at the King Eider Pub in Damariscotta, he has won eight nationally recognized songwriting contests, including the Dave Carter Memorial, Boston Folk Festival and Kerrville New Folk competitions. His song "Blackberry Time" is being taught in the songwriting curriculum at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Caswell grew up on a little farm...

2007-09-24 21:37:16

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Maybe it was the private room with soft moss for nesting, or the duck penthouse about 8 inches off the ground to simulate the raised ridges upon which Steller's eiders like to breed in arctic Alaska, or the older guy who had done some living on the wild side. Whatever it was, this girl got busy. She laid a whopping 23 eggs in two clutches, proving that Steller's eiders can successfully be bred in captivity. "She laid quite a few more eggs than expected," said Tuula...

Latest Eider Reference Libraries

2005-06-14 09:01:00

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a large sea duck which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat further south in temperate zones, where it can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters. The nest is built close to the sea and is lined with eiderdown which is plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining was (and in some areas, still is)...

2005-06-08 20:13:34

The King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) is a large sea duck which breeds along the arctic coasts of northeast Europe, North America and Asia. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 4-6 eggs are laid. It winters somewhat further south in winter to eastern Canada and Norway, where it can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters, and it is annual off the northeastern USA, Scotland and Kamchatka. This species dives for crustaceans and mollusks, with mussels being a favored...

2005-06-02 08:12:17

The Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) is a large sea duck that breeds on the coasts of Alaska and northeastern Siberia. It is slightly smaller than the Common Eider at 52-57cm. The male is unmistakable with its black body, white back, and yellow-green head with the large circular white eye patches which give the species its name. The drake's call is a weak crooning, and the female's a harsh croak. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 5-9 eggs are laid. This species...

2005-06-02 08:07:13

The Steller's eider (Polysticta stelleri) is a medium to large sea duck (yet the smallest of te eiders), which breeds along the arctic coasts of eastern Siberia and Alaska. The lined nest is built on tundra close to the sea, and 6-10 eggs are laid. It winters somewhat further south in the Bering Sea, northern Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea. It can form large flocks, up to 200,000 birds on suitable coastal waters. It is scarce south of its wintering range. This species dives for...

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