Monday, 16 May 2016

American Eider

The big news this weekend in Irish Birding terms was the Nobirds breaking news of an American Eider in Ballintoy Harbour. Amazing news and it has went somehow under the radar, American Eider (species / subspecies, whatever is your poison) in Northern Ireland wowser!! There have been no previous Northern Ireland records and in fact only one previous Irish record a Dressers Eider in Donegal found by El Supremo and a Pacific Eider in Finland! For a reasonable resume of all things Eider see below!
http://thedowneastduckhunter.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/four-subspecies-of-common-eider-in.html

The Nobirds photograph clearly shows an Eider of some sub species or other the fact you cant see the frontal lobes is interesting! Best move on here are some Early Purple Orchid photos from the Antrim hills