Eider Down

Friday 23rd February comments: The Isle of May is home to one of the largest Eider populations in the UK with over 1,200 females nesting across the isle. These hardy seaducks have started increasing in number around the island in recent weeks as the breeding season is just around the corner.

Eider ducks are hardy birds, wintering in vast numbers around the coast of the Firth of Forth and by mid-April the first females are incubating eggs on the island. At this time of year courtship displays are very evident and if you visit a local harbour or coastal strip, you might be lucky enough to hear the drakes enchanting display call… (listen to it here on the excellent series run by Radio Four ‘tweet of the Day’:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bkcwq

The birds are gearing up for the new season and soon they’ll be paired and ready to go. If you are not fortunate enough to have them wintering locally, you’ll have to come out and visit the Isle of May to see one of the most charismatic seaducks of the British Isles.

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