|Date: ||Fri, 11 Dec 1998 23:32:25 -0500|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||artworksbylydia <artworksbylydia@THEBEST.NET>|
|Organization: ||TheBest.Net, St. Simons Island, GA 31522, USA|
|Subject: ||King Eider|
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Friday mornings, I have been doing for a beach walk on the south
end of Jekyll. The last couple of Fridays, I've gone to the north end
and taken a quick look at the ducks.
Well, today I was up there enjoying the Black Scoters, when I pick
out a duck in the surf. This duck was warm brown on the head and neck
going to a rusty brown on the body. The overall appearance was that of
an eider. The head was blockier than that of a Common Eider. The
feathers seemed to cover more in front of the eye. This made the dark
bill appear stubby. There was a partial pale eye ring over the top of
the eye then the pale line went from behind the eye down along the side
of the neck. The neck was short the body blocky. It was swimming in the
surf, a couple of time it would raise out the water and flap its wing
and the white (pale) underwings were there.
King Eider female! Wow! turned to high five someone and there was no
one there. Just me....alone! The surf fisherman didn't count. The bird
swam right by him. He was fishing. By this time, I had been watching
this bird for about 15 minutes. During this time I was making a couple
of quick sketches of it, trying to talk myself out of it, going thought
all the possible common ducks. Common Eider just didn't quite fit.
I had to go to the south end to check to see if any one came to go
on my walk. No one was there so I drove around to the Coastal
Encounters Center (the old Ski Rixen area) to see if I could get someone
to go with me. No one there. So I just went back prepare to get the best
documentation that I could. The trouble was that, where the duck had
been in the surf, there were kids- lots of kids, they were all learning
about the beach. But there was no Eider. I spent an hour or more looking
I got home; called a few people. I got Lorraine Dusenbury. Now she
just call me to confirm. She saw the Eider around 1:15 pm. She watched
it for about 20-25 minutes before it disappeared.
Mike is going out tomorrow to try. I'm going to try to stop on my
way to Folkston. Wish us luck.
Lydia C. Thompson
St. Simons Is. Ga 31522